Passing of a titan.
This guy was just as important to the rise of Nintendo as Miyamoto. Everyone should treat it as such and hold both in revere.
Indeed. RIP to a true industry legend. Most of us wouldn't be here, without him. Shame he probably won't get much coverage in general media.
he's recognized for sure http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24160150
very sad to hear he has passed but I'm really really glad he got to accomplish what he did. Everyone has those unforgettable NES, SNES and N64 moments that might not have been without his influence on the company.
Definitely a visionary, a legend. 85 years is a long time, so it's good to hear he at least lived a long, worthwhile life. Still, he will be missed. RIP
Indeed. He'll be missed, but he's one of the few whose legacy will be remembered. He was a rare man who was unconcerned with following trends or pulling off cheap tricks for quick cash. He built Nintendo the old-fashioned way, by making something great and treating consumers with respect. The gaming industry as a whole could use people like him right about now.
Really saddened by this news. I'd probably be writing blogs about books and stuff and be working some dead end job if he didn't do what he did for the industry. RIP.
And what do you do?
Isn't it obvious? He makes the vidjya gaymes.
Sad to hear that Yamauchi died. He did so much for video game industry, yet only played one once and didn't like it (a NES version of Go, according to David Scheff's excellent book, "Game Over"). We owe so much to his decision to let Miyamoto run wild with his ideas. He also enjoyed fine scotch. I will enjoy a dram of whisky in his honor tomorrow night. Cha bhithidh a leithid ami riamh.
Until 2002... wow. That's quite a date in itself for me. I was a "Nintendo Guy" until right around that time -- just didn't like the direction the company was going from then on. And while the Wii was incredibly successful, it just wasn't my thing.
Regardless of how much Yamauchi's actions impacted my belief in the company, it's in the very least, a big coincidence.
The reasoning is even cooler. Yamauchi bought the Mariners back when they were in need of new ownership and were threatening to move to Florida. Yamauchi stepped in to buy the team in order to keep it in Seattle owing at least in part as a gesture to NOA, which is located in the area. He held control of the Mariners up until about 2004, when he transferred ownership to NOA. Nintendo of America still owns the team today. The funny thing is, Yamauchi apparently didn't really care all that much about baseball. Dude was all business.
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