With the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, all eyes are on what the House the Mario will do next. As we eagerly take in all the new Switch news, from console specs to launch titles, there are still plenty of questions that need answering. Will the Switch be able to right the wrongs of the Wii U, or is the next console making the same mistakes, just in different ways? The team discusses all of that and more.

But at the same time as we turn to the future, it’s impossible not to admire the presence, and past, of Nintendo itself. Having been a part of the video game industry from the very beginning, playing a role in the very first home console ever released, Nintendo is as time-tested as they come with games. But what few know is that Nintendo’s history stretches back much further than that. For over 100 years, the company has made a name for itself in entertainment, going all the way back to it’s origins making playing cards for the Yakuza’s favorite gambling game.

The Game Café is Gamespresso’s weekly podcast, shining a light on some of the games industry’s most interesting aspects. Along with diving into all of the Switch news this past week, the team looks at the seldom talked-about history of one of gaming’s greatest giants. The new episode is available on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Stitcher. Or you can listen to it right here:

Some of us still aren’t sold on the new console. But what about you? What do you think of the Nintendo Switch so far? Is it enough to scratch that nostalgic itch? Let us know in the comments. If you want even more from The Game Café, you can check out last week’s episode discussing Season Passes and modern DLC. And, of course, if you like the show, be sure to subscribe.

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