Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi Passes Away at 85 0


It’s a sad day for Nintendo and the people who grew up with their games, as its 3rd President, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has passed away due to pneumonia (

He was 85. Hiroshi Yamauchi served as Nintendo’s President from 1949 to 2002, and it was under his tenure when the company ventured into arcade games and home consoles (Nintendo was originally manufacturing Hanafuda playing cards).

It’s possible that without Yamauchi’s leadership, we would never have the NES and the gaming industry boom that it heralded, not to mention we probably won’t see the likes of the SNES, the N64, the Gameboy and the Gamecube, all of which happened under Yamauchi’s watch. Yamauchi was also one of the richest men in Japan, and used to own the Seattle Mariners major league baseball team.

Source: BBC (via