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Hiroshi Yamauchi Dead at 85

Outspoken, no-nonsense former leader of Nintendo has passed away.

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Hiroshi Yamauchi, the visionary who transitioned Nintendo from a card maker to a video game giant, has died at 85-years-old, the Associated Press reports.

Yamauchi reportedly died of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife and three children.

You might be too young to remember Yamauchi, but the Nintendo we grew up with would not exist without him. He was the president of Nintendo from 1949 until 2002.

The company said it “is in mourning today from the sad loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning.”

A funeral will be held at Nintendo this weekend.

Thanks for everything, Mr. Yamauchi.

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