Donkey Kong

<b>1981:</b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP010861" title="Nintendo Company Ltd." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/nintendo-company-ltd.-ORCRP010861.topic">Nintendo</a> creates Donkey Kong, left. The game, designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, features a protagonist who saves his girlfriend from a gorilla. Nintendo’s American employees name the mustachioed character Mario, after their office landlord.<br>
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<b>1984:</b> Major companies, including <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP009532" title="Mattel Inc." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/consumer-goods-industries/mattel-inc.-ORCRP009532.topic">Mattel</a>, exit the industry after suffering heavy losses. Warner sells Atari after reporting an annual loss of $586 million, largely from the games business.
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1981: Nintendo creates Donkey Kong, left. The game, designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, features a protagonist who saves his girlfriend from a gorilla. Nintendo’s American employees name the mustachioed character Mario, after their office landlord.

1984: Major companies, including Mattel, exit the industry after suffering heavy losses. Warner sells Atari after reporting an annual loss of $586 million, largely from the games business.

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