Nintendo and Sega: Proof That Video Game Company Logos Can Change a Lot Over the Years
Like many logos, those of big video games companies Nintendo and Sega have changed much over the years. As can be seen from this infographic, Nintendo’s logo has undergone far more changes than that of its competitor, but this could arguably be attributed to any one of a number of reasons.
The most obvious of these is the fact that Nintendo has simply been around for longer than Sega has. It was in late 1889 than Nintendo Koppai as the company was then known began making hand-crafted playing cards, painstakingly painting the ornate designs on mulberry tree bark. As the company moved into modernity, Nintendo’s logo changed accordingly. The brush strokes of the kanji previously used to write its company name were eventually printed and even translated into English for export.
Nintendo’s logo remained much the same for a good few decades while it explored various other business ventures other than video gaming (including more dubious options such as a taxi company, love hotels and even making instant rice). It was in 1977 that Nintendo took on the logo we know so well today, eventually changing its colour from red to grey in 2006.
Sega’s logo evolution has rather less stages than Nintendo’s, although to be fair the company was only founded in 1940. Its 1951 logo doesn’t look a great deal like the one it changed to – and from then on kept – in 1976, it featuring the company’s name in a tall, thin red script (very different to the thick blue letters they would end up as). First starting out making coin operated amusement such as jukeboxes and slot machines, they later went on to release a series of consoles that closely rivalled – and even in some cases exceeded – Nintendo’s in hardware quality and game selection.
So which logo iteration do you prefer?