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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 
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Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 12:39:46
Guess it shouldn't come as much of a surprise at his age, but it still did. The guy was a brilliant businessman and the industry wouldn't have been the same without him.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 12:45:52
First thought, oh man I thought he'd live another 20 years. What a guy.

Second thought, I hope his kids don't sell all that stock to Microsoft.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 12:48:32
Yeah I don't even know if he was sick or it was just old age or something.

For all the crap he got for some of his business practices he did have a keen eye for talent. He gave guys like Gunpei Yokoi and Shigeru Miyamoto the reigns to make the games they wanted and he was the one who thought Shigesato Itoi might be one to something with his RPG idea.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 12:49:05
Rest in peace. Thanks for paving the way for the systems that raised me.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 12:51:28
Goddamn.

Respect to the man who's accomplishments effectively brought us all together and without whom NegativeWorld would not exist.

RIP Yamauchi-San.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 13:20:43
Without this man and his work, I would be a very different person.

RIP.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 13:54:13
RIP. *bows*


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 13:55:30
RIP. I had read recently that he wasn't well, but it doesn't make the news any less sad. A true titan in the games industry.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 14:31:37
RIP.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 15:27:22
@TheBigG753 Yes, I believe I read somewhere that it was pneumonia.

Well, I have no doubt that he's currently beginning to form some new empire in the afterlife. RIP.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 15:44:59
Sad news for video game fans. RIP.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 15:57:39
The Reuters article that tons of outlets use says "the company's fortunes have since faded as smartphones displace consoles among gamers". It's amazing what can be reported as "fact".


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 16:10:52
@Jargon
Can Nintendo ever be mentioned without smartphones and tablets coming up?


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 16:20:58
RIP. Thanks for everything, you gave birth to my favourite entertainment company. Loved seeing your name come up at the end of credits for old school Nintendo games.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 16:29:44
Truly sad

I'm extremely grateful for his contributions and helping make so many of my childhood memories possible.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 16:38:11
RIP, Yamauchi. Thanks for all the great memories. You were always my favorite totally ruthless Japanese businessman.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 16:44:57
I must pay my respects to Mr. Yamauchi. The guy absolutely had an eye for talent and knew exactly how to steer Nintendo to becoming kings at what they do. He was an imposing and intimidating guy, but that's just what 1980s Nintendo needed. Yamauchi, I salute you for your contributions! Maybe now he's playing go against Gunpei Yokoi in the afterlife.


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 16:52:09
Requiescat in Pace, Yamauchi-san. Thank you for all your contributions. Without you, the world would be a very different place. A world without video games, *shudder.*


Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 17:13:18  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/13, 17:13:40
@sirmastersephiroth
Well I'm sure there would still be video games, but it's questionable when or if the console business would've recovered. I don't want to think about that alternate universe though.


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 on: 09/19/13, 17:19:11
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