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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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A true inspirational icon. My condolences to the family. Much respect.
Respect: and peace out.
I can't thank this man enough for how his company has influenced my life.
*salute* one of the founding fathers in the gaming industry. all I can say is... thank you very much!
Thank you for helping shape a big part of my childhood Mr. Yamauchi. RIP and condolences to his family.
Rest in peace, Mr. Yamauchi. He made Nintendo and the industry as a whole the giant that they are. He will be missed.
I wonder who will end up inheriting his shares in the company, he owned 10% of Nintendo.
R.I.P. Hiroshi Yamauchi
You will be missed all around the world!
I've never owned a Nintendo console in my life, something I wish had been different, but nonetheless I still appreciate what a huge influence Nintendo has had on the games industry and from the sounds of things Yamauchi Hiroshi was an integral part of that lasting legacy - may he rest in peace.
R.I.P. Hiroshi Yamauchi, thank you for helping the gaming industry get to where it is today.
R.I.P. Mr. Yamauchi - your influence on the gaming industry will not be forgotten
And there goes another legend. RIP.
Yamauchi's leadership at Nintendo help drive what gaming is today. Video games effected my childhood and who I am today and part of that is because of this man. Thank you for all you done Hiroshi.
Thank You Hiroshi
I hope people realize just how important this man was to the video game industry. Possibly the single most influential person to ever be in the industry. He was the driving force behind the rise of video games after the crash of the early 80's. I have nothing but the utmost respect for this gentleman.
RIP. he was a true legend.
Sad sad news I must say.The man is a legend,and caused so many peoples childhood to be so much better via nintendo's beloved franchises.
My thoughts go out to his family and the staff at Nintendo.