Despite the fact that the majority of gamers are having a wonderful time playing GTA V, today will go down as a sad day for gaming. We now have word that Nintendo’s former President, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has passed away at the age of 85.

Running the company from 1949- 2002, Yamauchi was responsible for Nintendo throughout not only the most important years of the company, but also the most important years in gaming. Taking over as president of Nintendo when it was still just a trading card company, he made the decision to move the company toward electronic entertainment, and his vision and creativity is seen through Nintendo’s entire gaming history, as he grew and expanded video gaming itself.

Having been president of the company through its ground breaking NES console, all the way through to its performance focused GameCube, Yamauchi was a major player in arguably the best period in gaming; okay, I know that is almost the entire period of gaming, but you can just look at what gaming has morphed into, from what it originally was, and you’ll see Nintendo’s, and in turn, Hiroshi Yamauchi’s, fingerprints all over it.

As a man that has helped build the gaming industry into the unbelievable monster that it is today, and in turn has provided us with years of entertainment, the legacy of Nintendo’s former President will surely live on. It is without a doubt that Hiroshi Yamauchi’s influence will continue to be felt throughout the gaming world for years to come.


[BBC News]

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