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Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社, Nintendō Kabushiki gaisha) is a multinational corporation located and based in Kyoto, Japan. "Nintendo" roughly translates from Japanese into "leave luck to heaven." Initially a company that produced hand-made hanafuda cards, it ventured into several niche businesses before developing into one of the most influential video game companies in the industry.
Nintendo is the owner of the well-known Kirby franchise, mostly co-developed with HAL Laboratory, as well as Super Mario, Pokémon, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Super Smash Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, F-Zero, Pikmin, and other franchises.