One of the most influential personalities in the gaming industry and the former leader of gaming giant Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi is no more. The former Nintendo president passed away at the age of 85, a company spokesman told BBC News. Yamauchi first took on the reins of Nintendo back in 1964, when the company was a far cry from being anything close to the gaming giant it is today. Back then, Nintendo was a playing cards manufacturer.
Hiroshi Yamauchi helped Nintendo diversify its tiny business, leading the foray into a number of other businesses, such as a taxi service, a TV network and a chain of hotels. All of this ended with the company's foray into toys, which would pave the way for the NES and Super NES, that the company is best known for today.
Yamauchi passed away at the age of 85
Its first gaming console, the Famicom (named the NES everywhere else), was released in 1983 in Japan and 1986-87 everywhere else. The console was more-or-less responsible for revitalising the dying video game industry at the time which was reeling from the Great Video Game Crash of 1983.
Yamauchi sealed the fate of consoles and Nintendo’s dominance that would last till the late 90s with the NES and Super NES. The consoles were wildly successful thanks to several blockbuster and critically acclaimed titles, including the Super Mario Bros series, Chrono Trigger and Castlevania. Nintendo's dominance in the console gaming scene would further be cemented because of games like Donkey Kong and Legend of Zelda, which were developed by Shigeru Miyamoto.