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From Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂株式会社), the Japanese video game manufacturer, from Japanese 任天堂 (Nintendō, Luck of Heaven).


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (video games, trademark) Nintendo (Japanese company)

Derived terms[edit]



Nintendo (plural Nintendos)

  1. (video games) A Nintendo Entertainment System, or other video game system made by Nintendo.
    Wanna play on my Nintendo after school?
    • 1995, David Gladstone, editor, British Social Welfare: Past, Present, and Future, page 274:
      There is nothing wrong with the accoutrements of personal affluence, but if the numbers of personal stereos, Nintendos, mobile phones and cars grow […].
    • 2005, Lila Abu-Lughod, Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt, page 280:
      These professionals are the sort whose children play with Nintendos and own bikes
    • 2005, Larry L. Meyer, No Paltry Thing: Memoirs Of A Geezer Dad, page 128:
      Franz: “How do elves make Nintendos?” Dad: “You ask all the hard questions, don't you? I really don't know.”
    • 2007, Ilene Schneider, Chanukah Guilt, page 106:
      The only message at home was from my nephew, letting me know my mother was back home, safe and sound, except for a sore "Nintendo thumb".
    • 2007, Anthony Ham; Alison Bing, Morocco, Lonely Planet,, →ISBN, page 34:
      He was far more interested in bullfighting, which was the Nintendo of the day, only considerably more dangerous
  2. (video games, by extension) Any video game console, especially by those not familiar with video games.