When I gathered the visuals for that article, I was surprised of just how many different styles Nintendo had used in the period from around 1965 until the early 1980s.
|Some of the many logos that Nintendo has used over the years|
That article however failed to mention an important logo that Nintendo had used for a number of years from the 1950s to the mid 1960s: the 'Ace of Spades' logo.
|Nintendo's 'Ace of Spades' logo introduced in the 1950s|
(image courtesy of GameScanner)
This logo obviously stems from the period in their history when Nintendo was still primarily a playing card manufacturer. It has two specific style elements: the white spikes that are drawn around the inner spades shape and a circle in the middle with a gothic-style letter 'N'.
So, Nintendo already used a big 'N' in their logo years before they themselves would be addressed as "The Big N". I think this is called destiny.
|Typical trump cards sold by Nintendo in the 1950s|
It was introduced around the time when they increasingly started selling Western style trump card sets, many of which were illustrated with Disney characters.