"With Donkey Kong, we have this gorilla who grabs this gal and runs away with her and you have to go chase the gorilla down to save the lady. And the game's stage was a construction site, so we made him into basically a carpenter. …. With (1983's) Mario Bros., we brought in Luigi and a lot of the game was played underground so we made him to fit that setting and, we decided he could be a plumber. The scenario dictates his role."
Both companies have agreed to build a global membership service for various devices including personal computers, smartphones, and Nintendo consoles. This is a smart move for Nintendo as people increasingly turn to mobile phones and social networks to play games.
In technical terms, Nintendo will acquire about 15 million DeNA shares or a 10 percent stake. In return. DeNA will acquire about 1.759 million Nintendo shares, or 1.24 percent of the company. Both acquisitions are worth 22 billion yen, or $182 million, due by April 2nd of 2015.
The service is set to launch in the fall of 2015.
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The Nintendo Monopoly board game is available at Amazon.
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.