Game Over: Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo President From 1949 - 2002 (Aka 'The Good Years') Has Passed Away

September 19, 2013


Hiroshi Yamauchi, the visionary Nintendo president that turned the company from a playing card company to a video game giant and staple of almost every kid's childhood, has passed away. He was 85.

Yamauchi took over the company from his ailing grandfather as a university student in 1949 and ran it until 2002 -- a remarkable span of 53 years.

Although not a baseball fan, Yamauchi bought a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners in 1992 to help keep the team in the Pacific Northwest when it looked like it might be relocated to Florida. He famously never saw the Mariners play live.

I like his style -- buy a team that costs a fortune, then not even bother to watch it. Also, I'd like to think the Wii U didn't have anything to do with his declining health, but I think you and I both know that's the case. Rest in peace Hiroshi, and thanks for all the memories.

Thanks to everyone who sent this and recalled a specific Nintendo related memory in their email. And even to those who didn't, I GUESS.

  • tony couchman

    ya guys cry about GW dissing WII U. That system is trash and it was a good joke

  • Martha Vann

    <3 Hiroshi Yamauchi

  • Jandkas

    Did you just seriously take a pot shot a the Wii U when a man died? You are low

  • da1nonlysage

    Okay GW, now you're getting out of hand with the Wii U disses. I'm forced to do the unthinkable and hunt you down and make you play that shiny little box until you bleed from your eyeballs. Perfect torture right?

  • derp

    incoming google tribute

  • ODwanKenObi

    Godspeed Mr. Hiroshi. Thank you for some of the fondest childhood memories you helped me have.

  • Chip Douglas

    RIP Hiroshi. Thank you for developing a company that would go on to shape every gamer there is. Leave luck to heaven.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    Gaming is now old enough where titans are starting to pass away

    Long gone are the days of ID software in their group home making the next revolutionary title... Scary thought

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