“A Nintendo store in Israel is great and awesome,” gamer Baruch Hughes told World Israel News. “It’s always nice to have another quality store in Israel, and Nintendo is a solid company.”
By Tsivya Fox, World Israel News
Nintendo, a multinational consumer electronics and software company that has created some of the most popular video game franchises in the industry, has chosen Tel Aviv for its second retail store. Its first retail store opened in Rockefeller Center in New York City in 2005.
The Israeli store opened on Monday at Dizengoff Center. This follows the country receiving accessibility to Nintendo products a few months ago through an official online store.
The excitement was palpable when Baruch Hughes, Network Administrator and Gamer, heard the news.
“A Nintendo store in Israel is great and awesome,” Hughes told World Israel News. “It’s always nice to have another quality store in Israel, and Nintendo is a solid company. This will make getting Nintendo games, accessories, parts and repairs that much easier and, hopefully, for a fair and affordable price.”
Hughes explained that, unlike video games from other companies, Nintendo games are family-friendly. He said that Nintendo does not show blood, strong violence, carry adult themes, or have cursing.
Nintendo, whose headquarters are located in Japan, was founded in 1889 as a small firm that produced handmade playing cards.
It evolved into one of the largest video games manufacturing companies in the world. Its 2018 statistics report states that it generated about $10 billion U.S. dollars in net sales.
Some of its most popular products are Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Nintendo Wii, a product that combines video game with physical movement. It is also part owner of The Pokemon Company.
“Nintendo games encourage family and friends to play together in a ‘kosher’ environment,” Hughes continued. “Their games are meant to unite people, unlike video games from other producers that can be played alone.”
Though some gamers might think that people who play Nintendo games are not “real gamers,” Hughes believes that most gamers got their start with Nintendo.
“I’m a HUGE Nintendo fan,” smiled Hughes. “I can’t wait to pop into the Tel Aviv store. It’s like doing something nostalgic.”