Like most other regular businesses, Nintendo produces a company compendium for internal use, with information on history, strategy, departments and management.
|Cover of this year's Nintendo company guide|
But unlike most companies - that usually deliver dull affairs not unlike telephone directories dipped in some branding sauce - Nintendo's company guide is eye-poppingly well designed.
And that's not all. Every yearly update is completely redesigned. Each year has a totally unique and beautiful design, like masterpieces made to enter a designers guild.
These company guides always contain a good section covering Nintendo's history. It is clear Nintendo believes that knowledge of its past is an important part of the foundation for the future; a heritage that new, young staff need to be aware of.
The 2014 edition is (maybe) even more gorgeous than the previous editions. It is styled like a deck of Hanafuda cards.
|Nintendo Ultra Machine|
The history section (shown here) contains some great drawings of a number of Nintendo's iconic toys and games. All done in the traditional style used for these cards.
|Nintendo Love Tester|
Included are some of Nintendo's early million sellers, like the 1967 Ultra Machine and the Love Tester from 1969.
Also shown are a gun and target from the Kousenjuu SP series (1970) and the Ultra Scope (1971).
|Nintendo Kousenjuu SP Gun and Lion Target (left) and Ultra Scope (right)|
Other images contain an Ele-conga with Auto-player from 1972 and one of the first Nintendo video game consoles: the Color TV Game 15 (1979).
As mentioned, these guides are for internal use only, by Nintendo in Japan. So you will have a hard time finding one.
|Nintendo Ele-conga and Auto-player|
There is one way though, and that is to apply for a position at Nintendo. Even if you do not land a job (which is the most likely outcome, as only a small percentage make the cut), you will receive the company guide if you pass the initial stages of the application process.
|Nintendo Color TV Game 15|
For an interesting read on Nintendo's recruitment process (including a picture of a company guide edition from a few years ago), check out this story by Anditto Heristyo.
Update: I recently posted much more extensive coverage of this great 2014 company guide, as well as the completely different 2013 edition.