Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85 (Nikkei)

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http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNASHD1901A_Z10C13A9000000/

Google Translate: The 19th, Nintendo has announced Yamauchi 溥氏 of former president has died in the morning at the same day by adviser. Was 85 years old.

Thanks to fellow gaffer Hayama Akito for the link.

BBC reports:

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Japanese businessman credited with transforming Nintendo into a world-leading video games company, has died aged 85. Mr Yamauchi ran the firm for 53 years, and was its second-largest shareholder at the time of his death.
The company confirmed the news in an emailed statement. A spokesman said the firm was in mourning over the "loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning." Mr Yamauchi ran the company from 1949 until 2002. In that time, he took what was a small-time collectable trading card company and built it into one of the most recognisable - and successful - video games brands today.
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Snippets from the book Game Over, detailing the rise of Nintendo during the 80s with a few moments starring Yamauchi:
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=82646017&postcount=175

Interview with Yamauchi in 1992 in the Seattle Times after getting the majority share of the Seattle Mariners.
http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19920716&slug=1502386
 

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http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNASHD1901A_Z10C13A9000000/

Google Translate: The 19th, Nintendo has announced Yamauchi 溥氏 of former president has died in the morning at the same day by adviser. Was 85 years old.
I'll translate this for everyone from Googlespeak:

Yamauchi the 19th, was 85 years old, has announced Nintendo, the former president has died this morning on the same day as his adviser.


RIP Yamauchi-sama
 

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Mr. Yamauchi, I thank you for flourishing the video game industry once again.
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Was overseer of Nintendo from NES (from card company to videogame company) to Gamecube. RIP.
 

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Holy fuck.

Rest in peace.

The man who made Nintendo into what it is today.

Edit: Actually he's the man who made gaming into what it is today, his legacy will never be forgotten.
 
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Goodness. I can't believe I've been following the game industry since he was still Nintendo's president. He lived a very long life, so this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but this is still pretty shocking news to wake up to.

Rise to heaven, Yamauchi. Rest in peace.
 
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