Nintendo visionary Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85
Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo visionary credited for transforming Nintendo into a world-leading video game company, has died at age 85. Mr. Yamauchi ran the firm for 53 years, from 1949 to 2002, and was its second largest shareholder at the time of his death.
Mr. Yamauchi took over at Nintendo after his grandfather passed away from a stroke. After several years developing the firm's existing trading card business, Mr. Yamauchi turned to electronic entertainment, spearheading Nintendo as they moved into the arcade business, with hits such as Donkey Kong, and was president during the NES, the SNES, the N64, and the Gamecube. Mr. Yamauchi stepped down as president of the company in 2002, taking a seat on the firm's board of directors. In 2005, he left the company entirely.
Mr. Yamauchi passed away from complications with pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan. A funeral will take place on Sunday.