During its history, Nintendo sold Popeye-based products, such as playing cards and the Popairamen instant pasta. Soon after moving to video games, they sought to develop a Popeye game. However, they were unable to obtain the license from King Features Syndicate and their planned game had to be retooled with original characters, resulting in the creation of Donkey Kong. This game was a major success for Nintendo, helping their evolution into an industry giant and introducing their most popular character, Mario. Afterwards, they were able to produce Popeye games such as the Popeye arcade game, the Japan-only console game Popeye no Eigo Asobi and the Popeye Game & Watch units. The success of their arcade game adaptation never quite matched that of the earlier Donkey Kong.
In addition to their own games, Nintendo have produced various video game consoles in which Popeye games can be played, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (host to a home version of their own Popeye arcade game as well as Popeye no Eigo Asobi); the Super Nintendo (where Technos Japan's Popeye: Ijiwaru Majo Seahag no Maki is played); the Game Boy (the system for Sigma Enterprises's Popeye and Popeye 2); and the Game Boy Advance (Namco's Popeye: Rush for Spinach).