It’s safe to say that Mario, the indefatigable plumber who is gaming’s most recognizable character, would not exist without Hiroshi Yamauchi. The former company president, who died of pneumonia at 85, inherited Nintendo from his grandfather and spearheaded the company’s bold move into electronic gaming. He led the Japanese gaming giant for 53 years before stepping down in 2002, making him one of the richest men in Japan. But Yamauchi’s legacy goes beyond money, as his impact on commercial gaming has been undeniable — and seen best in Mario’s 30-year success.

Story posted at: bbc.co.uk

  1. Wow! That’s pretty sad to here :( . Nintendo will live on in his name!

  2. May you rest in peace Hiroshi Yamauchi. You will be remembered as the man responsible for creating the most successful video game company in history. Made a tribute memorial in your honor: http://www.thememorium.com/Memorials/hiroshi-yamauchi

  3. Eternal Contact Friday, September 20, 2013

    Mr. Yamauchi, you introduced many great games to this world. Thank you for hours of entertainment. We will remember you forever. Rest in peace.

    Please feel free to leave your condolences or share a memory: http://www.eternal-contact.com/hiroshi-yamauchi/


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