It is always a sad day when gamers lose one of their own.  Former president of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi has passed away at age 85 from pneumonia.

Hiroshi is credited with being the man who took Nintendo from a small card company and turned it into one of the three biggest names in gaming.

Hiroshi Yamauchi's starting groundsWhile starting in the business of cards, and then toys, it was Yamauchi who brought Nintendo into the electronics market.  Taking a cue from systems like Atari and Magnavox, Yamauchi soon realized the potential of incorporating gaming devices into their company.

It wasn’t long after that Nintendo launched the Famicom, or as it was known in Western markets, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  From then on Yamauchi led Nintendo through its paces with the SNES, N64 and Gamecube.  He was also responsible for bring aboard Shigeru Miyamoto, whose name now rings synonymous with Nintendo.

Hiroshi Yamauchi helped shaped the company, and in many ways gaming, into what we know today.

Source:  BBC Image source: Forbes

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