Pay respects to this legend here. RIP.
Yamauchi's influence on Nintendo, and on the gaming community as a whole is crazy. The dude was the driving force in nintendo for so many years. Right through from their arcade games to the Gamecube, he was the man behind it all.
I read the book "Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America" which goes into detail about the history of nintendo, and it's all incredibly interesting. Yamauchi had such a key role at that company for so long.
RIP. Thanks for the N64.
I wonder if Nintendo will change gears and go back to competing in performance hardware. Yamauchi never made a weak console. The Wii U's failure might be a blessing in disguise if they reboot shortly. A ray-tracing capable Nintendo console available in 2 years would really throw a wrench in MS's and Sony's plans of a 8 year or more cycle. X1 and PS4 both missed that boat, but 2 years from now it could very well be possible at a decent price.
I know I couldn't see myself passing up on that tech for 6 years if they were to bring it out first.