Talk about a classic Nintendo advertisement! The image above is a Nintendo advert from the Meiji era, and showcases the company's Karuta cards. The ad itself comes from anytime between 1868 to 1912. It's crazy to think has been operating for so long!
Was that circle with letters inside Nintendo's logo back then?
Could be... look here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c2/Nintendo_former_headquarter_plate_Kyoto.jpg/1280px-Nintendo_former_headquarter_plate_Kyoto.jpg
The same symbol appears on the right side...
All their cards since the beginning were branded with the Marufuku symbol, which they still use to this day on their hanafuda cards.
Do you know what it means in English?
Google Translate managed to tell me that "maru" is "circle" and "marufuku" might be "whole".
"Nintendo was founded as Marufuku Company, Ltd. in Kyoto, Japan, in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi."
That was when they started making playing cards.
(The source is actually very complete and interesting, if you like a bit of light history from time to time. :3