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Nintendo is a video-game company that was founded in September 1889 as a manufacturer of a card game called Hanfuda. Nintendo gained popularity in the video game industry with the release of Donkey Kong. One of Nintendo's current products is the Pikmin series of games, which number two GameCube games along with their New Play Control! releases, and a third (Pikmin 3) on the way. These games are able to be played on three of Nintendo's consoles, those being the GameCube, Wii and Wii U. Other popular Nintendo franchises include Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, Kirby, F-Zero, and Pokémon.
The first game, Pikmin, was released in 2001 in North America and Japan, and in 2002 in Europe. The sequel to Pikmin, Pikmin 2, was released in 2004. The New Play Control! version of Pikmin was released in 2008 in Japan and 2009 everywhere else. New Play Control! Pikmin 2 was released in 2009 in Japan, Europe, and Australia; and in 2012 in North America as a Nintendo Selects Title. The third game, Pikmin 3 is set to be released August 4, 2013.