ARCHIVAL VIDEO: The Early Nintendo Craze in US, Japan

Feb. 21, 1989: Peter Jennings on Nintendo's takeover of the video game industry.
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Finally from here in Tokyo this evening a somewhat lighter note on the Japanese American relationship another chapter in the we invented it. They refined its story. In many American homes there is a reasonable chance that the video game Nintendo is hooked up to the television set you're watching. There were more Nintendo's bought for children last Christmas than any other gift. And one in every three Japanese homes has Nintendo was well. And we had a you know moon and every morning and just again yeah. I know I'm infinity. My dad what he. In some ways Nintendo's history is modern Japanese history. For most of its 99 year history Nintendo made board games and playing cards. Traditional products for a traditional way of life. In Japan and America tradition has given wages craze. Last year when Nintendo introduced a new video game called Dragon Quest threes. They lined up in Tokyo and a million copies were sold on the first day alone. It is a familiar authority in the Japanese American relationship Americans invented the video game that Japanese made it better. This year Nintendo Malone expects to have 85% of the US video game market. Oh and one other thing not all the Nintendo games are available in both countries this one called 1943. Is made in Japan but sold only in the US. The video images were inspired by the battle of midway in the Pacific at the height of World War II. The American player is urged to help defeat the enemy. At the real battle of midway the enemy was Japan 307. Americans. 3500. Japanese were killed.

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