Before Mario, the book

I’d definitely love to own a copy of this book:

Nintendo has been around for a long time, and as it happens it actually made a lot of games and toys before it became famous for being “the house that built Mario”. It even ran a love hotel at one point too. 😮

Before Mario is a great little book that details many of the cool toys and gadgets Nintendo created during some of its earlier years, and its well worth checking out if you can get your hands on it.

The Ultra Hand was one of Nintendo’s most successful products prior to the phenomenon that was the NES. It was developed by the legendary Gunpei Yokoi, who is best known as the creator of the hugely popular Game Boy and Game & Watch handheld systems (which introduced the now industry standard d-pad to gaming), as well as the ill-fated Virtual Boy.

One of the aforementioned Game & Watch handhelds, with its awesome d-pad.

If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of the book for yourself you can do so at FunstockRetro’s website.

You can also learn a whole lot more about Nintendo’s products prior to the likes of the NES by visiting the awesome Before Mario website

Here’s just a few examples of the awesome toys and other stuff you’ll learn about at the site:

Yes, there was even a time when Nintendo made toys/games with realistic looking gun peripherals. 😮

As you can see, Nintendo has made a lot of really cool toys and games beyond its better know console systems.

Note: The Before Mario book images above were sourced from the lovely Nintendo Life Review


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