• Nintendo pushed the term "videogame console" so people
would stop calling competing products "Nintendos" and
they wouldn't risk losing the valuable trademark.
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    • All moms still call them all Nintendo’s
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    • I never understood the hate for the Wii U, I had one and I enjoyed it very much, we didn’t have a lot of TVs in our house so it allowed me to play video games while people watched TV
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    • I think that wasn’t such a good idea because if game consoles are always called Nintendo’s it’s basically free advertising like how all sodas are called “coke”
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    • My mom would call my Playstation and Sega, Nintendo.. Now I call my sons' Xbox and PS Nintendo as well.. I know the difference.. It's just a habit
      bandildo 8 jul
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    • Nintendo accidentally started a console war
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    • Someone tell my mom. She calls every system I’ve ever owned a Nintendo.
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    • I would argue Google and Apple failed at this given how popular "Google it" and "iPad" are
      M167641 8 jul
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    • Still got mine!
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    • “Wait it’s all Nintendos?” “Always has been...”
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    • The last Boomer on earth will still call them all Nintendos to their dying breath
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    • Footage 8 jul
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    • If they didn’t do this then Nintendo’s consoles would be considered “real Nintendos” and competitors would be called knock-off Nintendos
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    • Too bad everybody's mom didn't get the memo.
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    • “Guuuuyyyssss, they’re not nintendos” “ok then what are they” “ummm, idk, how about game consoles”
      cmurph 8 jul
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    • For some reason, I usually skip these fun fact memes cos they look like an ad.
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    • They could’ve been the next chapstick and Kleenex. But honestly props to nintendo
      ImMeta 9 jul
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    • Mexican parents we’re looking at you
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    • Where I'm from generation x still call every video game console Atari
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    • Should’ve been nintendonts
      Meelo 8 jul
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    • Imagine if we lived in a world where all gaming consoles were called Nintendo's. Xbox: the new nintendo. Xbox is a much better Nintendo than PlayStation. PC's are way better than Nintendo's.
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    • My mom just says "games"
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    • Well if you know anything the first console was the Atari
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    • Yeah I'm still gonna call them Nintendos
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    • I've always called them Ataris
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    • Yeah... nobody did that
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    • I dont understand. Wouldn't you want your name to be used as much as possible? Like kleenex, q-tip, etc.
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    • I do not think this is true, and I dont know how I would google this to find out
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    • Playing my Nintendo 360
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    • My mom just calls everything the game
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    • Interestingly, products want to be known enough to be household names, but not too successful to which they become “generalized”. Happened to Q-Tips (Cotton Swabs), Jell-O (Gelatin), and Band Aids (Adhesive bandages), at that point you can’t trademark your name anymore because it’s too common.
      FurryWeeb 11 jul
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    • Nintendo 64 has a special place in my heart
      sl00t 11 jul
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    • We could have all had nentindos
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    • Video games are rad
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    • I miss my gameboy
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    • That’s actually stupid because eventually they would stay a brand like Apple
      everfresh 11 jul
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    • So we gonna bring it back or what
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    • Hay
      alexmig 10 jul
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    • I’ve had at least five of those, four of which are sitting in my home rn. Love my old game boys still
      GlGGLES 10 jul
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    • I hate old people who call every tablet an ipad
      CT5555 10 jul
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    • Thats actually a big thing because if it becomes a common term they either have to fight every single misuse of it, no matter how small, or risk losing the entire trademark all together
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    • And boy did that shit work
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    • Anybody else have the brick with the screen on it that hat -3 games?
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    • My grandma called it ni-entiendo....
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    • What’s the best gamecube game in your opinion?
      braximum 10 jul
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    • People = retarded parents
      twoccm 10 jul
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    • A worthy trade, in my opinion
      Koi_Gang 10 jul
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    • Fun fact, Nintendo started out as a playing card company and was founded in 1898.
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    • Grandmothers didnt get the memo lol
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    • That would be fucking hilarious though
      Big_Tasty 10 jul
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    • Do poor people not call it a tablet?
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    • And all tablets are called iPads
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    • It worked
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    • Like Kleenex and Velcro
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    • My grandma calls every game console I have a Gameboy
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    • Hey guys is the acer nitro 5 a good laptop to buy if I'm on a budget?
      turdlet 9 jul
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    • Actually it was an entertainment system
      J_Bliz 9 jul
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    • Mexican moms calling a PS4 a Nientiendo
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    • I used to have my moms snes with the original Mario duck hunt, and something else. Had both controllers and the gun. All in the original box and my dad had me sell it for $50 about 3 years ago. I was so pissed
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    • It's actually entertainment system. Due to the horrendous failure that was ET, consoles are not marketed as videogame consoles
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    • All moms still call them Nintendos, they are incapable of understanding the difference.
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    • N64 was my favorite
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    • And they also single handedly brought back the video game industry from dying in North America in the 80s/90s
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    • “aRe YoU pLaYiNg A nInTeNdO”
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    • Bro my mom calls everything Nintendo
      Cloralex 9 jul
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    • Thinking about buying a refurbished gameboy
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    • Doubt, Nintendo was already a well established company which I'm sure had/has trademarks in every major country they operate in.
      GregN 9 jul
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    • I thought the gameboy was the shit i played the amazing spiderman on it as a young boy
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    • Oh god, the memories
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    • Me: What are you playing on your tablet? Cousin: Its an iPad not a tablet. Me: Its the same thing
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    • interesting, now when will they start becoming 3rd party developers?
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    • Wrong noon. They started calling games “Entertainment systems” starting with the SNES because ET the game had just single handedly crashed the entire video game market
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    • That's pretty smart actually
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    • My xbox Nintendo is fun to play
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    • I've always wondered why my Dad always called shit Nintendo (My Original Xbox for example.) Now I know, thanks.
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    • Xerox
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    • Just hacked my 2ds xl and wii U and I'm in retro gaming heaven
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    • That’s what adobe is trying to do with people using photoshop as a verb
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    • Moms go for the 3 and 9/10 are wrong, nintendo, PlayStation or the newer one they’ve adopted the Switch
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    • Why TF the GameCube so tiny
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    • Which is why they stopped naming the consoles simple names like Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES, and Nintendo 64. A name like Nintendo GameCube is more likely to have people just call it a GameCube.
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    • Like bandaids
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    • At this point is tradition to all parents call the new Consoles Nintendo's
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    • I got my Nintendo, it's called Xbox
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    • I want to call my switchlite a DS because of the flip case I have and it makes me feel ancient
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    • I still want a Wii-U but can't get one
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    • That would explain why my mom and grandma would always call my ps2 a "Nintendo" when I was little
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    • My mom does not give one fuck, all my consoles are Nintendo according to her.
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    • I wonder if in Japan they had that issue. I know that in the 90's it was referred as "telebigame" as in TV game. They're using "video game" now but old textbooks that need updating here in the US still teach telebigame.
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    • Would that have happened? Cause everybody calls tissues Kleenex, and they still keep the brand name. Ziploc bags, Bandaids, Xerox machines, etc.
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    • SJ!! Get off that Playbox!!!
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    • The Nintendo PlayStation 5
      tabuu 8 jul
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    • This news never reached boomers
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    • That is false information their early systems were called computers and they wanted everyone to call them that because the video game market had just crashed so there was no confidence in video game consoles.
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    • My mom still calls the ps4 the nintendo thing
      IPatron 8 jul
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    • I remember waiting for the wii u to come out, and watching the development on the e shop, i remember when it had the 3ds style flat sticks.
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    • Kleenex
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    • It was pretty gimmicky imo people loved the Wii because of the moving, and people love the switch because it's a handheld that can easily be displayed on the TV. The Wii u lacks that
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    • Haha they are nintendos
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