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Nintendo visionary Hiroshi Yamauchi dies aged 85

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.

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