When Nintendo started expanding their product line from playing cards to other toys and games, the first format they went after were board games.
In the first part of the board game story
, posted here almost two years ago, we already showed some Nintendo board games from the second half of the 1960s, based on popular Japanese manga and anime characters like UltraQ and Obake no Q-tarō.
|Nintendo board games based on manga and anime series|
Over the coming
months, I plan to run a series of posts focussing on Nintendo's board games, as there is a lot still to show and tell.
The first board games that Nintendo released were all licensed games based on figures from the Walt Disney studios. These were very popular at the time, and after securing a deal to feature Disney characters on Nintendo's playing cards, it was a natural extension to use these also for other games.
|Nintendo board games that are all Disney themed |
Some of the Nintendo games that we will show are simple localisations of licensed games, meaning the original version is translated but otherwise left unchanged (like the 101 Dalmatians Game
shown below), while others are original creations by the Nintendo team, using Disney figures.
There were a couple of American game manufacturers producing Disney themed board games at the time, most notably Whitman and Parker Brothers. Nintendo acquired licenses to localize their Disney games for the Japanese market from both companies, in particular from Whitman. [Another toy series that Nintendo licensed from Whitman, a few years later, were the People House
|Original game by Whitman (bottom) and Nintendo version (top)|
All of the Nintendo board games from this period do not included any year of release on them, so it is quite difficult to date them. Based on the characters featured, the style of packaging and the logos used, I would say the games are all released by Nintendo roughly between 1963 and 1965.
In this post we will take a look at four of Nintendo's Disney board games:
- Donald Duck Universal Travel Game
- Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Game
- Toyland Game
- Mickey Mouse Adventure Game
Although they all feature licensed figures, most of these are original game designs, as far as I can tell (except for Wonderful World of Color Game