Why is it called the "Nintendo"?

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  1. JonahRinberg
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    JonahRinberg GBAtemp Regular

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    Recently, I was watching this video of an old woman trying to stay sharp by playing Brain Age on the DSL


    While, I was watching, she referred to the DS as a Nintendo. Then it got me thinking. A lot of casuals and non-gamers usually call Nintendo systems, the Nintendo. My mom calls it that, some of my friends call it that, I see people calling it that at the gaming section at my local store. What is up with that? Why do people not call the Xbox or Playstation the "Microsoft" or the "Sony"?

    This is super minor but do people seriously just don't know what Nintendo calls their own systems?
     
  2. Disharmony16

    Disharmony16 ~DooM-BringeR~

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    Because it is Nintendo Entertaiment System, Super Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch and more that make one call it Just nintendo, i never see names like Sony Playstation 1 or Microsoft Xbox and well that is my reason.
     
  3. targren

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    From the NES - Nintendo Entertainment System, got shortened down to Nintendo, and stuck. Before video game appeal spread to the masses, all video games were "Nintendo" for awhile.
     
  4. ForeverEternal

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    The same reason why people called any portable cassette player a walkman or any portable cd-player a discman.

    First of is kind, so people adopted the first branding for future brandings of the same product.
     
  5. YamiZee

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    because all nintendo products say nintendo on them, and is more of a word than wii or ds so it sticks better
     
  6. markehmus

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    mom still calls the ps4 my nintendo when she references it , wiierd cuz the first console i had was a leisure vision and the second an atari ... but all my consoles since NES have been generalized into one 'NINTENDO'