House GOP seems to think Nintendo was founded in 1985


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House Republicans made a blog post today arguing for tax reform. While we’ll stay away from the politicsof the situation, we’re here to call out their ability to fact check video game history.

According to the post, the House GOP seems to think that Nintendo was founded in 1985. In what I can only assume is an attempt to “reach the hip youngins,” they try and relate tax reform to The Legend of Zelda of all things.

The Legend of Zeldaseries is Nintendo’s best-selling video game franchise enjoyed by more than two generations of gamers. The action-adventure game was released in 1986, only one year after Nintendo’s founding in 1985.

And you know what else was released in 1986? Yeah, you do. The last major reformtothe American tax code was signed into law in 1986.

While the former is true, a quick Google search could’ve easily informed them that the latter isn’t. Nintendo was founded in 1889, close to a hundred years before the post claims. Granted it was a card manufacturing company back then, but it’s still worth noting.

The post has since been taken down, but Twitter immortalizes all internet mistakes.

OMFG … what “Zelda has in common” is factually incorrect… House Republicans @HouseGOP didn’t bother to research Nintendo was founded *1889*

— VideoJames Montagna (@JamesPopStar) August 23, 2017

Just goes to show you a simple Google search can save you a world of trouble.

What do The Legend of Zelda and the American tax code have in common? [GOP blog]