Nintendo visionary Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85
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.
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