|Nintendo Pin-up Playing Cards (ca 1970)|
"Nintendo" and "Pin-up" are two words you don't expect to see close together on a product. At least, not in today's world. But in the past this was different, as this pack of Nintendo Pin-up Playing Cards shows.
Not sure about the date, but the packaging is similar to Nintendo's 1972 Miracle Trump, so I'd place it around that time.
In the 1960s and (early) 70s, Nintendo was still very much a standard playing card manufacturer. And pin-ups have long been a popular theme for playing cards, so it is not really a surprise to find this in their then product portfolio.
|Pin-up Playing Cards, front and back|
The real surprise, if you may call it that, is in the way the pack opens. Nintendo managed to add some innovation to the crowded market of playing cards featuring scantily clad women.
On the top of the pack, a message states "please pull in the direction of the arrow" (矢印の方向に引いてください).
Sliding the lid sideways undresses the lady shown on the front and the back.
At the same time, the cards are pushed up.
The cards themselves feature semi-nude Western ladies.
The one shown on the right in the below picture, for instance, was produced for Japanese whiskey giant Suntory. Giving new meaning to the slogan "for relaxing times, make it Suntory time".
|Two more examples of Nintendo pin-up playing cards|
When Nintendo became more established as a toy company, fully focussed on children and families, they soon dropped this kind of product, in order to build their current 100% clean, offenseless image.