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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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He was a stern, brutal man. All business.
The fact that he shaped Nintendo, if not the games industry, into what it is is incredibly ironic.
In a way, this man is directly responsible for a lot of my childhood happiness.
May he rest well.
Aw that unfortunate :( R.I.P
Without him, Nintendo wouldn't be Nintendo and hence gaming wouldn't be gaming. His contribution to gaming is immeasurable.
RIP Mr. Yamauchi
How sad. :'(
Well this is real sad. I remember when I was really young I wanted to know the name of the man behind the company whose games managed to entertain me the most. As soon as I read it in Nintendo Power I never forgot it.
Hadn't he stepped in after the Atari debacle, videogames would be far from where they are now.
RIP Hiroshi Yamauchi. Thanks for your work, which won't be matched anytime soon.
Such a shame. But he will leave behind quite the legacy...
Sad quite sad, but sooner or later it was gonna happen. R.I.P you will forever be missed.
I read Game Over a few months back and was amazed at Yamauchi's incredible business sense and instincts, especially since he was a total non-gamer. He was a true legend in this industry and will be missed dearly.
Without question one of the greatest visionaries this industry will ever see
My deepest apologies go to his family.
Yamauchi san left one spectacular legacy.
Nintendo could not be what it is today without Yamauchi. A great man, R.I.P.
I heard about this on the radio while driving back to my dorm and I actually started getting choked up over it, you could argue this guy helped saved video games and paved the way for it's success of today. May you rest in peace, Yamauchi, you have left a legacy that will be timeless.
This is a sad day for Nintendo Fans and The game industry in general... I fondly remember seeing his name at the end of every N64 games credits... RIP Yamauchi... My thoughts and Prayers are with your family and friends...
Yamauchi-san, rest in peace. Your great endeavors in the gaming industry won't be forgotten.
If this man man did not make Nintendo a game company, we would not have the awesomness that is the Metroid, Zedla and F-Zero series'. R.I.P Mr. Yamauchi.
Heard about this news this morning, though it was because of his relationship to the Seattle Mariners. Hell, almost nothing of his relationship to the gaming industry was mentioned, which kind of shocked me.
WHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYY!? *Crying uncontrollably* He was the awesomest dude ever! We will remember you, Hiroshi Yamauchi, FOREVER!