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Former Nintendo president and video game legend Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away at age 85.
Nintendo has confirmed Yamauchi's passing due to pnemonia in a hospital in central Japan. Yamauchi took over the company after the death of his grandfather in 1949, transforming the playing card company into the video game juggernaut it is today.
He left his position with the company in 2002 to his successor Satoru Iwata; sitting on Nintendo's board of directors until 2005. Yamauchi made many major decisions during his tenure, including spearheading Nintendo's move into electronic gaming as well as hand picking the games Nintendo would release.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
Our Take:Yamauchi's influence on Nintendo and the industry cannot be overstated. Not only did he transform the company's focus towards toys and then video games, but he set up Nintendo's R&D internal studio structure and had the foresight to understand what made a particular game fun. He recognized the work of geniuses like Miyamoto and made the company a place where their talents could flourish.
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My heart is with his family during this time. So sad to hear about someone who has put so much into the industry pass away. Sad Sad Day in the Gaming world
It's always a shame to lose someone who so changed the video game landscape, but at least he lived a long and very full life. Condolences to his family and the entire Nintendo nation.
This man has made my gaming self what it is today. My heart is with his family.
I was reading about Yamauichi sorta recently, so it's sad to hear about his passing knowing all that he's done.
R.I.P he truly was one of the greats. Thank you for everything you have us.
May he rest in peace. It's a sad day for the gaming community.
RIP man. Nintendo changed my life.
A visionary indeed, thank you for saving the video game industry Yamauchi san, RIP.