You can't say this with Nintendo!
Back in 1990, you might have seen the poster above in a number of different game retailers. It’s not a poster promoting any of Nintendo’s upcoming games, but rather, a note from Nintendo on why you shouldn’t call all video games/game products a ‘Nintendo.’ Sure, our parents ignored this suggestion, but why was Nintendo so keen to push this?
In the video above, we get a full explanation as to why Nintendo was so adamant about not calling all things gaming a Nintendo. It all has to do with trademarks, and Nintendo desperately wanting to protect their brand. When your company name becomes an all-encompassing word for anything, that opens you up to trademark disputes, which could end up diluting your brand in the long run.
Give the above video a watch for a much more detailed explanation of the topic. Also, if your parents STILL call everything a Nintendo, make sure they watch as well!