The Strange Roots

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Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi as Yamauchi Nintendo (山内任天堂) in 1889 and initially manufactured hanafuda ('flower cards'), Japanese playing cards in Kyoto. In 'The History of Nintendo' by Florent Gorges his theory is the name Nintendo (任天堂) means:

Root: The most popular theory is that the name `Nintendo` quite literally translates to 'the company ( do) that is allowed to ( nin) make hanafuda ( ten)'.

Despite the various theories even Hiroshi Yamauchi, the great-grandson of the company’s founder, said he does not know the true meaning of the company’s name.

Sources: Nintendo website | The History of Nintendo by Florent Gorges.