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Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社, Nintendō Kabushiki gaisha) is a video game company that was founded in September 1889 as a manufacturer of a card game called Hanafuda. 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 one on the Wii U. Other popular Nintendo franchises include Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, Kirby, F-Zero, and Pokémon.
The first game, Pikmin, was released on October 26, 2001 in Japan, December 2, 2001 in North America, and June 14, 2002 in the PAL region. Following generally positive reviews, Nintendo as since worked on two other main Pikmin games. More recently, the Pikmin franchise is also active in the Wii U game Nintendo Land and the Super Smash Bros. series.