Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Japanese businessman behind the success of Nintendo’s transition from playing card manufacturer to a video game empire has *passed-away* at the age of 85.
Hiroshi Yamauchi *passed-away* of pneumonia in a hospital in central Tokyo, according to reports of Time Tech website on Thursday, September 19, 2013.
Yamauchi joins Nintendo in 1949 and became President and Chairman of the company. He started to manage the technological breakthroughs in the electronic industry and started to expand the company. Later on they introduced the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or mostly known as Family Computer and the rest was history.
Currently Nintendo offers several entertainment gaming products from game application like Mario & Luigi and Pokemon; and gaming devices such as Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U.
Yamauchi also became the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team in 1992 and opened the gates for Japanese baseball players to American league teams. The club made its first profit of $2.6 million in 2000 since its acquisition by Yamauchi, credited to Wikipedia.
“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,” stated by Satoru Iwata, President and CEO, Nintendo Co., Ltd., CEO of Nintendo of America.