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Key facts, history for video game maker Nintendo

(Reuters) - Nintendo,known for its best-selling Wii game machine, started in 1889 as a manufacturer of Japanese playing cards, called Hanafuda.

Now worth $49 billion, thanks to its Wii game machine hit and a stable of animated stars such as Donkey Kong and the Mario Brothers, Nintendo is locked in a three-way video game battle with Sony and Microsoft Corp.

Following are some key facts about Nintendo's transformation into Japan's fifth-most-valuable listed company.

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