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World of Nintendo

nintendo's store within a store merchandise program

The World of Nintendo was a merchandise marketing program that Nintendo rolled out to major retailers to standardize how Nintendo products were being marketed and sold in retail outlets and department stores.   The program featured a store within a store design which carried official Nintendo merchandise.

The purpose of the program was to push Nintendo branded merchandise as Nintendo already established a strong foothold in the video game industry during the mid 1980s.   Their video game hardware and software were already extremely popular, and the company was in the process of branching out to animated cartoons, breakfast cereals and various merchandise.  Wanting to capitalize on the momentum of their video game popularity the World of Nintendo was design to market Nintendo branded toys, board games, backpacks, t-shirts, school supplies, plush toys and hats along with many other various items.

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Crash Bandicoot

Naughty Dog developed platformer

Crash Bandicoot is an action platformer developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation.   Players take on the role of a genetically altered bandicoot named “Crash” whose goal is to prevent Dr. Neo Cortex’s plans for world domination and rescue his girlfriend Tawna, a female bandicoot being held captive by Dr. Cortex.

The game’s conception began in 1994 when development studio Naughty Dog caught the attention of Mark Cerny of Universal Interactive Studios.  In 1994, Naughty Dog founders Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin created a game for the 3DO titled “Way of the Warrior” and presented it to Mark Cerny.   Cerny was impressed with the game and signed Naughty Dog to a three-game deal with Universal Interactive Studios.

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