The man who helped fill my childhood with countless hours of popcorn-filled sleepovers and evening trips to the video store, has passed away!
Hiroshi Yamauchi was Nintendo’s third president, who many say was the most important! When he took over the company from grandfather in 1949:
“the Japanese company specialized in the manufacture of playing cards for its home market — first Japanese-style cards and then, under Yamauchi’s guidance, Western-style ones too. By the time he handed over control to Satoru Iwata 53 years later, he’d overseen the creation of all Nintendo’s game consoles up to the GameCube and become one of Japan’s richest men — in other words, not a bad innings for a man who passed away today at the ripe old age of 85.”
Hiroshi was also responsible for Super Mario Bros 2, which taught us all — that like Princess Peach — if you just lift up your skirt, you can fly through life, skipping any of the actual hard work. A valuable lesson! RIP Horoshi!
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