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Hiroshi Yamauchi dead at 85
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September 19, 2013, 12:38:47
 
Well that was a shock. RIP Mr. Yamauchi.


For the few who don't know, Hiroshi Yamauchi was the man who turned Nintendo from a lowly playing card company into a video game powerhouse. You can read a bit more about him in the Time article about this death. -Zero

Hirokazu Tanaka (long-time Nintendo composer from 1980 to 1999) made some tribute remixes in Yamauchi-san's honor. These are posted here. ~ DrFinkelstein

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Posted: 09/19/13, 12:38:47  - Edited by 
 on: 09/23/13, 04:13:01    
 
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Game over. Rest in peace.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 17:26:44
RIP


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 17:27:53
Sad to hear. He lived a long fruitful life.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 17:47:25
We all secretly believed he was immortal, right?

I wonder if Nintendo needs an iron fist president again or if Iwata will come through for Wii U like he did with Wii, DS and increasingly 3DS.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 18:25:33
The end of an era. Sad to see him go.

He was oft criticized, but we owe him a lot of respect and love as Nintendo fans.

Maybe not so much as Seattle Mariners fans, but definitely a lot as Nintendo fans.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 18:27:19  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/13, 18:28:05
He lived a very successful life.
RIP.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 19:12:19
Legitimately saddened by this.

Man changed the world. Nothing but respect.

R.I.P


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 19:27:33
I wanted to drop by and pay my respects. From my blog:

Wow. I know Yamauchi was old, but this is still very sad news. There might not be a more prominent and influential figure in Japanese console gaming in the 80′s and 90′s than Hiroshi Yamauchi. He was a complete hard-ass and ran Nintendo with an iron fist, but everything Nintendo is today can be traced directly back to him. He personally chose Satoru Iwata as his successor as president and, if memory serves, back in the 80′s, he was the one that saw a lot of potential in a young game developer by the name of Shigeru Miyamoto and acted accordingly.

RIP Yamauchi-san. And thank you.


http://gamersstandard.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/hiroshi-yamauchi-former-president-of-nintendo-has-passed-away/


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 20:01:48
RIP, Mr. Yamauchi.

*bows respectfully*


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 20:21:34
@PogueSquadron

He kept the team in Seattle though, so I'm sure they are still more thankful than not.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 20:29:31
@TheBigG753
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. If he hadn't bought them, they'd probably be the Tampa Bay Mariners now.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 20:45:42
@TheBigG753

I was reading a blog post yesterday about how the Mariners will likely undergo major changes this offseason. Has one little sentence about how "absentee" Yamauchi has been...then today happens.

And in not so surprising news, they are reporting he never attended a single Mariner game and that all decisions had to come through him. Certainly explains a lot of the past decade.

RIP.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 21:39:56  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/13, 21:44:34
He lived a long and fruitful life leaving behind a legacy.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 22:06:37


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 22:16:46
Was he the last family member with connections to Nintendo?

It'd be nice if WWHD had a dedication to him at the end. His name has to be in the credits still.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 22:46:45  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/13, 23:00:29
From President Iwata:

"The entire Nintendo group will carry on the spirit of Mr. Yamauchi by honoring, in our approach to entertainment, the sense of value he has taught us that there is merit in doing what is different and at the same time, by changing Nintendo in accordance with changing times."


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 22:47:35
.... dammit. Rest In Peace Mr. Yamauchi.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 23:00:24
RIP, was always in awe and slightly scared of him.

Amazing legacy. I wonder who gets his % ownership of Nintendo?


Posted by 
 on: 09/20/13, 00:03:49
@carlosrox and @achhibbar

It's speculated that Minoru Arakawa will take over as majority holder. He's married to Mr. Yamauchi's daughter.


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 on: 09/20/13, 00:21:10


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