September 19, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi, Former Head of Nintendo, dead at 85

 

Today is a sad day for the industry as we have lost one of the most influential people to jump start the modern industry. Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that the former head of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has passed away at the age of 85. Yamauchi was instrumental in the early changes at Nintendo that propelled them to the video game empire they are today. Yamauchi brought in talent like Gunpei Yokoi and Shigeru Miyamoto and launched products like the Game and Watch, NES, SNES, the Nintendo 64, and the Nintendo GameCube. Yamauchi also purchased the Seattle Mariner, a Major League Baseball club, in the early 1990’s. Yamauchi was hugely influential in the industry propelling the Japanese market as well as jump starting the industry from the crash in 1983. Yamauchi was succeeded by Satoru Iwata in 2002 and remained on the board until 2005. We have lost one of the greats today, hopefully his outlook and confidence in products will invigorate the industry as we enter 8th console generation.  名誉と尊敬で、我々は山内を覚えています。

 

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