Hiroshi Yamauchi Mourned On Twitter

Hiroshi Yamauchi

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the former president of Nintendo Co LTD, passed away today from pneumonia at the age of 85.

Yamauchi helped transform Nintendo, which was founded in 1889 as a playing card company, into the video game juggernaut it is today.

Yamauchi served as president of the company from 1949 until 2002. He served as an adviser up until his death. NBC reports that he helped develop the Famicom home game console as well as the Gameboy. He was also in charge of the company during development of the NES, Super NES, GameCube, and Nintendo 64.

In 2002, Yamauchi was listed fifth on Forbes list of the richest people in Japan. At the time, his net worth was estimated at over $7.8 billion. Rob Crossley, associate editor of Computer and Video Games magazine, told the BBC:

“You cannot overestimate the influence the man had on the games industry. He spearheaded Nintendo as they moved into the arcade business, with hits such as Donkey Kong. This man was the president of Nintendo during the NES, the SNES, the N64 and the Gamecube – the first two were transformative pieces of electronic entertainment.”

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