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

September 19, 2013

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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.

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