Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社) is a video game developer and video game console manufacturer based in Kyoto, Japan, with overseas divisions in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. The company's Japanese name can be loosely translated as "leave luck to Heaven". It is well known for franchises such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. It was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889 as a manufacturer of playing cards. Its current president is Shuntaro Furukawa. Not only is Nintendo the longest running and most influential video game console company; it is also one of the largest producer of video games and has sold more than two billion video games worldwide. Over time, Nintendo has manufactured six home video game consoles: the Famicom/NES, the Super Famicom/Super NES, the Nintendo 64, the Nintendo GameCube, the Wii and the Wii U. They have also manufactured many handheld gaming consoles, including the Virtual Boy, six versions of the Game Boy, and four versions of the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo developed a positive relationship with Monolith Soft after producing Baten Kaitos Origins and would acquire them from Namco in April of 2007. Under Nintendo, Monolith Soft would develop the Xenoblade Chronicles series, a spiritual sequel to the Xenosaga series, as well as titles like Soma Bringer and Disaster: Day of Crisis.