IGN - Nintendo is no mere game company. It’s a legacy. No name ever again will dominate the video-game industry as Nintendo did in the late 1980s and well into the 1990s. A generation grew up on a diet of NES games, and even the unswayed knew what it meant to “play Nintendo.” Acute business sense played an undeniable role in Nintendo’s rise, as the company built its empire with advertising, control, and licensing that gilded-age tycoons might envy or imitate. Yet there was more to it. Nintendo also dominated by introducing or sharpening up many innovations that endure in games today, and some innovations that aren’t so obvious.
Below are 11 gaming innovations we owe to Nintendo. They might not have been the first to try out any of this tech, but they're responsible for setting standards that endure to this very day.