Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi, father of console gaming, dead at 85

The man who led Nintendo to kick start the home console market died Thursday of pneumonia at a Japanese hospital.

  • Hiroshi Yamauchi served as president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002. He continued to serve as an adviser after his departure from the company, and was one of the richest men in Japan.

  • Yamauchi transformed Nintendo into a gaming company, hired Miyamoto, and launched the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America, essentially resurrecting the video game console market.

  • Yamauchi fostered creative talent at Nintendo, most notably Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

  • Nintendo, led by Satoru Iwata, continues to be a dominant player in the video game industry.

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