Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man behind the gaming giant Nintendo, who not only ran the company for over 50 years successfully, but is also the brain behind taking the company that originally used to manufacture traditional playing cards to become the most famous and advanced video game manufacturers and developers, died of pneumonia aged 86 at a local hospital in central Japan.
Kyoto based Nintendo confirmed the news shortly after the demise of their ex-president (1949 – 2002). Hiroshi was wholly responsible for the global growth and dominance that Nintendo now enjoys and for developing the Family Computer gaming consoles and portable Game Boy consoles, the advanced versions of which are even popular today. For the people who are less familiar, Nintendo are the makers of games such as Super Mario and Pokémon and more recently Wii U consoles that have become a major hit in the world market. Hiroshi Yamauchi is also famous for his ownership of Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball Club, the transaction that took place more as a civic gesture than for interest and this gesture made him one of the most famous club owners in the history of Baseball clubs.
Even after the retirement of Yamauchi, he continued to play his role as an advisor and mentor in the company. Hiroshi Yamauchi was a dropout from Waseda University in Tokyo, one of the most prestigious institutions of Japan, but due to his business acumen, vision and a will to succeed, he was able to make a mark in the sector he was most interested in and went on to become one of the richest men in Japan. His values, principles, core business ideas and strategies are still followed in the company and the current successor, Satoru Iwata, issued a statement that goes with it - "We will continue to treasure the values Yamauchi taught us - that what makes you unique lies at the core of entertainment. And we at Nintendo will continue to change the company flexibly to adapt to the times, as Yamauchi did, to carry on his spirit."