The History of Nintendo

     Nintendo, what started out as a card game became a multinational electronics company that is one of the leading figures today in the video game industry. Nintendo was founded by a Japanese business man named Fusajiro Yamauchi; it originally produced a type of card game called hanufada. By 1963, the company had tried all different types of ideas to try to entertain and revolutionise the world of gaming.

Nintendo Entertainment System  

      After trying different crazy ideas Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming one of Japans most valuable industries. In 1985 Nintendo released the NES, an instant hit. It had revived the video game industry. It sold over 60 million units. Popular games such as Mario and Zelda came out on the console and were brought into homes for the first time. This inspired Nintendo to do more.


Game Boy

      The Game Boy was the most successful video game systems ever released, selling over 150 million units worldwide. Even though the Game Boy had no colour, it defined portable gaming and was fun for all. It came out alongside the addictive game we know as tetris.

Nintendo 64  

      The N64 set new standards with its new, realistic 3D gaming. Super Mario was the console’s showcase game which had outstanding graphics and game play, especially for its time.

Nintendo Game Cube 

       The game cube was a newer, better version of the old N64. It came out with improved graphics and game play. It was also the first console to take discs instead of cartridges. Some popular games released on the console were Luigi’s Mansion and Crazy Taxi.

Nintendo DS

       The DS was an incredible portable gaming device, beating all of its rivals at the time by a wide margin. It had included a touch screen, microphone and built in wi-fi. As Nintendo increased in popularity more versions of the DS were released: DS Lite, DSI, DSI XL and most recentely, the 3DS. Games released on the platform include Mario Kart and Super Mario Bros.


       In 2006, Nintendo introduced the Wii and its revolutionary features. It included interactive game play using wireless motion remotes. This made the Wii the best selling latest generation console in the world.

Article By: Matt Sisson



Well, not quite. 20 alien species of fish have recently been discovered in Lough Derg and experts now worry about the possiblity of other unwanted arrivals that could change the ecology of the lake completely.

Marine biologist, Dr Dan Minchin, claimed that the lake is in a state known scientifically as “invasional meltdown” — meaning other alien species’ arrivals can more easily establish themselves in the lake now.

Over the past few years, the threat from invasive animal species such as the zebra mussel and invasive plants such as curly waterweed and nuttall’s waterweed has increased in Lough Derg.

     The asian clam was found at depths of more than 20 metres. The zebra mussel arrived to Lough Derg in the early 1990s and has spread through many of the waterways and to isolated lakes, probably while attached to the bottom of boats.

While the mussels do not presently cause as much impact as about 10 years ago, they are still abundant and, competing with each other, have paved the way for further arrivals.

The mussel has cleared the water by filtering out much of the free-living plankton and has enriched the lake bottom with its waste.

This has enabled aquatic plants to grow in deeper water where light can now reach resulting in extensive growths in shallow bays.

In the shallows, exotic aquatic garden plants are also present and can interfere with boat movement.

Mr Minchin warned the lake’s herring-like pollan is now faced with the possible loss of its normal food, a native shrimp that also lives in deeper water.

This is because an aggressive non-native look-alike, the bloody-red shrimp, has arrived and may feed on the young of the native shrimp.

“While some of these arrivals might have been foreseen, others are on the way and by knowing their spread in Europe we should try to prevent them from arriving.

“Lough Derg may be one of the most impacted lakes in Ireland. Similar impacts are known to have taken place in Europe, for example in Lake Balton, Hungary and in the Great Lakes of North America.

There is also reports of a Jellfish native to the Yangtze River Valley in China, in Lough Derg and Lough Erne. The jellyfish is described as:

  • -Translucent with a distinctive white/greenish cross and a white/cream circular outline and ranges in size from 5 – 25 mm.
  • -It possesses in the region of 50 – 500 tentacles of varying length, the majority of which are relatively small.
  • -There are two distinct life stages; one is a tiny attached polyp and the second is the medusa stage (free-swimming jellyfish). The inconspicuous polyp buds off medusa under warm water conditions (≥ 25C).


     Following the success of our previous homelessness awareness campaign, when we painted a mural to raise awareness about homelessness in Ireland, we will be painting a second wall, this time in Stillorgan. 

     We are going to begin painting our new wall this Saturday, the 21st of September. Anyone who is coming to help must bring a paintbrush or a roller, if possible. 

     The wall is located in the subway which runs from Laurence Road to Patrician Villas in Stillorgan, going under the Stillorgan Road. There are steps going down to the wall beside Stillorgan Library. They are on the left if you’re facing the library. You can also drive round to the other end in Patrician Villas, off Stillorgan Park Road.

    Thank you to everyone who is coming and hopefully this wall will be just as successful as the last!