Gerry Anderson and Nintendo

It occurred to me last week that Nintendo (the gaming company) has a surprising link to Gerry Anderson, the TV mogul best known for his puppet series such as the Thunderbirds – although he also had a big part to play in several live-action series such as Space: 1999.

In particular, the popularity of Thunderbirds in Japan led to the naming of Nintendo’s best-known mascot.

It is thanks to Gerry Anderson, after all, that Japan is a Super Mario Nation.

If you don’t get the pun, look up Thunderbirds then hang up your geek cred for a week.

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