Pre-NES/Famicom Nintendo Toy spotted in local museum

Believe it or not, before Nintendo released the Famicom / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the mid 80s, they were known for making toys. Starting off with playing cards and eventually moving onto toys, there is quite alot of Nintendo history that isn't often too well known.

Today we are looking at Hip Flip, as there as been a local sighting of this unusual toy, in a local Leeds Museum.

Hip Flip was released back 1968 in Japan, a massive 15 years before the Famicom was released. From what the picture suggests, it is a game requiring two 'hip' people, to attach the device to their sides in an attempt to 'flip' the middle device round.

If anyone knows any more about this toy, we would love to hear from you as our research has currently uncovered very little.

It was spotted in Kirkstall Abbey House Museum, Leeds


Last Updated ( 02 December 2010 )  

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