Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, a man who transformed his great-grandfather’s playing-card company, Nintendo, and marched it into one of the global video game powerhouses has died on Today in Kyoto, Japan. He was 85. This was due to complications caused by a case of pneumonia.
Mr. Yamauchi, who took Nintendo and from 1949 to 2002, was Japan’s most reluctant high-tech success story, Assuming the position of president of the family business at an age of 22, he warp sped Nintendo through board games to light-emitting toy guns ventures that lacked that special something that he later attributed to a “lack of imagination” but then the age of arcade games came about.
The Nintendo Entertainment System aka The NES was a console that was first released in Japan in 1983 entitled the “Famicom,” which made the leaders in the video game industry on their heads standing on their hair, sold over 60 million units all to shrewd advertising and marketing as well product quality and a game lineup on a set of characters that soon became video game legends.
The Original Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong became overnight successes which also gave rise to Nintendo’s wildly successful home console business.
The Man who brought you the plumber that rescues the princess, the dog that helps you in duck hunting the robot that helped out with your eye and hand coordination, Mr. Yamauchi, who professed not to understand video games, went on and dominated the business. When the super famicom was released seven years later, people took up camp outside of The Warehouse, Tower Records, Sears, Woolworth and other stores that had an electronics department for days waiting; and when it hit?
The NES/Famicom sold just about 50 million units. Stage 2 was the Nintendo 64 then Nintendo Game Cube, as well then the handhelds Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, the DS and 3DS. Mr. Yamauchi is someone we looked up to being that Generation X and Generation Y who grew up with the Wii and DS next gen consoles now to our own grandkids for some of us who will be Generation Z. The Man that got us hooked on Mario and His brother Lugi, a lovable Ape and his ability to bowl barrels down ramps, a small elf like guy named Link looking for his Maiden Fair Zelda, yes we will remember these names and characters but let’s not forget that person who managed to start that barrel of success rolling and still hasn’t stopped yet. Our wishes and Condolences to his wife Michiko Inaba and their three children. A funeral is scheduled for Sunday at Nintendo, following a wake on Saturday.
Nov 7, 1927 to Sep 19, 2013