A lot of us should be thankful to this man, Hiroshi Yamauchi who was the former president of Nintendo. He took a small Hanafuda card company in Japan and turned it around to transform it into one of the greatest companies in the gaming industries. His term as president from 1949-2002 brought many of the successes that the company brought to my childhood and to many others as well. He also purchased the Seattle Mariners as a gift to the city of Seattle and as a token of goodwill to the people of the Pacific Northwest. Thank you Mr. Yamauchi for what you have done in shaping part my childhood.
There doesn’t exist much footage of Yamauchi. His era at Nintendo was a time before the media recorded things the way they do now. Camcorder footage of old E3s suggest he didn’t give any keynote speeches at the show. Game Historian Enthusiasts covering material for their books were usually denied an interview. That such a recording of this video exists gives us a rare opportunity to hear his voice.
The guy is often said to have been pretty stubborn and allegedly he once called RPG fans “depressed gamers who like to sit alone in their dark rooms and play slow games.” But without that stubborn attitude the game industry would likely be looking very different these days. Whether it was getting Nintendo into the video game business, deciding on the Famicom’s color scheme, or choosing Iwata as his successor, his decisions shaped Nintendo into what it is today.
Nikkei is reporting that the longest running president of Nintendo Co. Ltd. (1949-2002) has died today of pneumonia. He was 85 years old.
Hiroshi Yamauchi is the man behind Nintendo’s diversification away from being just a traditional card maker. Businesses such as a taxi company, love hotels and even fast food didn’t fare well almost bankrupting the company until Yamauchi spotted the talented Gunpei Yokoi and his toy inventions.These were a great success for the company and following the emergence of electronics in home entertainment products, which Yamauchi was keeping a keen eye on, the eventual development of the successful Color TV Game 6, arcade games such as Radar Scope and Donkey Kong as well as the Game & Watch series put Nintendo on the road to where we find it today.
Yamauchi stepped down as president in 2002 following the launch of Nintendo Gamecube. He became chairman of the board of directors until 2005. He refused to accept his pension, valued at approximately 9-14 million US dollars, when he left saying that Nintendo could put the money to better use. He was the largest shareholder of Nintendo and was crowned the 12th richest man in Japan and donated 7.5 billion yen to build a cancer treatment centre in Kyoto in 2010.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man that made Nintendo what it is today, passes away
Nintendo as you probably know wasn’t always in the video game business. Yamauchi diversified Nintendo’s manufacturing base to include more than just hanafuda cards. He introduced toys, electronics, and ultimately video games turning Nintendo into a billion dollar enterprise.
He hired Gunpei Yokoi who approached him when he was only a janitor with his ideas for new products. Yokoi would then go on to develop the Game and Watch, the Gameboy, and produce classics like Metroid and Kid Icarus. He also hired Shigeru Miyamoto, who came up with, well, everything else.
This much is certain: without Yamauchi, the Nintendo you know of would not be around today. He left behind a massive legacy as a titan of industry. And among fans like myself, he will certainly be missed. [❤]
Hiroshi Yamauchi took Nintendo, a small card-making company, and attempted to expanded the brand in various markets. Yamauchi found little success until the company began focusing on the toy market.
As the company began incorporating electronics into their product line- Yamauchi turned to one of their early artists, Shigeru Miyamoto, to create a game to break into the US market. That game resulted in the original Donkey Kong.
With that breakout hit, Nintendo continued their focus on electronic gaming and grew under Yamauchi’s guidance. Under his presidency of the company Nintendo released the NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, and Virtual Boy. Resulting multi-billion dollar video game company with a vast array of characters and franchises known throughout the world today.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, November 7, 1927 - September 19, 2013
Hiroshi Yamauchi was the former president of Nintendo and was the man responsible for the many Nintendo consoles we’ve grown up with. He set the company in the direction it continues to follow to this day, a video game company. He, with help of others such as Miyamoto, revolutionized the world of gaming with the many familiar faces the world knows and loves. Games that make us smile, games that tell stories that we never forget, games that teach us to be brave in the face of danger, or to never give up even when the challenge seems impossible. Games that continue to live on in revolutionary new forms in the consoles we play today! This man made history turning what was once a simple card company, into the world’s most famous video game company. We will never forget you and the wonderful childhoods you’ve help us have, so here’s to you, Yamauchi. May you forever rest in peace.
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Nov. 7 1927 - Sept. 19 2013) took over Nintendo when he was only 22, and piloted the company from a card printer to the video game giant it is today. Even though he claimed to know nothing about video games, under his guidance Nintendo created some of the world’s most beloved video game characters. Thanks for all the memories!
Hiroshi Yamauchi, former president of Nintendo and the man credited with transforming Nintendo from a trading card manufacturer to the video game power house it is today, has passed away at the age of 85. Mr. Yamauchi ran the company from 1949 to 2002 and spearheaded the movement that brought us such memorable games as Donkey Kong, Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Starfox. R.I.P. Mr. Yamauchi. You will be missed.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, the former president of Nintendo of Japan and one of the guys responsible for shaping a huge part of my childhood passed away today. I never met the guy. I don’t know the guy. He inadvertently gave me a gift and played a role in sculpting what I am, though, and the least I could do was express some kind of sentiment through a crummy comic.
Fallece Hiroshi Yamauchi, ex presidente de Nintendo que llevó al éxito a la compañía.
Convirtió a Nintendo, una empresa que fabricaba barajas de cartas, en un gigante de los videojuegos, entregando clásicos que acompañaron la infancia de millones. Se mantuvo a la cabeza de la compañía hasta 2002. Falleció este jueves de neumonía a los 85 años.
Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away this morning, at the age of 85. His legacy is incredible. During his 53-year reign, he turned his great-grandfather’s Japanese playing card company into the cornerstone of the video game industry.