Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo Pioneer: Dead At Age 85

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Ok…this has absolutely nothing to do with Metal. But c’mon, everyone loves Nintendo, and the man who pioneered the company from making board games to being the video game powerhouse they are now has died! That’s right, Hiroshi Yamauchi has died at age 85 due to complication from pneumonia.

Most of my friends and I grew up when Nintendo was the number one home video game console (referred to then as an entertainment system). Sure there was Atari and Sega, but Nintendo was surely the market leader at that time. Now, of course, times are way different and we’ve come a long way since 8-bit gaming was considered cool. But you gotta give credit where credit’s due…and Nintendo during the 1980’s was the shit, bottom line. Below is an excerpt from the NY Times followed by a Nintendo Metal Medley.

Mr. Yamauchi, who led Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, was Japan’s most unlikely high-tech success story. Named president of the family business at 22, he steered Nintendo into board games, light-emitting toy guns and baseball pitching machines — fruitless forays that he later attributed to a “lack of imagination” — before the company arrived at arcade games.

Its Donkey Kong and the original Mario Bros. became hits and gave rise to Nintendo’s wildly successful home video game business.

Mr. Yamauchi, who led Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, was Japan’s most unlikely high-tech success story. Named president of the family business at 22, he steered Nintendo into board games, light-emitting toy guns and baseball pitching machines — fruitless forays that he later attributed to a “lack of imagination” — before the company arrived at arcade games.

Its Donkey Kong and the original Mario Bros. became hits and gave rise to Nintendo’s wildly successful home video game business.

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