Nintendo is intrinsically linked to various gaming consoles, signature games, and iconic characters, but the origins of the famous Japanese company is a little less known. Established in 1889 as Nintendo Karuta, the company’s very first product was traditional Japanese handmade playing cards. It later ventured into various other trades in the 1950s, before morphing into the game console giant that we’re familiar with by the 1970s. As a tribute to its roots, Nintendo has collaborated with Japanese bag maker Porter to release a playing card set.
The Nintendo branding can be found on the face of the playing cards, which feature design incorporating only three colours: black, orange, and olive. The back of the cards is monochromatic, with the Porter logo and pictogram pattern as used in the latter half of the 1960s for that retro feel. The cards are also held together with a Porter-emblazened rubber band.
The playing card set can be purchased on the Yoshida & Co. official online store. However, only the version with black rubber band can be purchased online. Other versions with navy, olive, grey or orange rubber band are exclusively available in specific Porter stores in Japan and Korea.