Hiroshi Yamauchi Passes Away
November 7, 1927 – September 19, 2013
Hiroshi Yamauchi took Nintendo, a small card-making company, and attempted to expanded the brand in various markets. Yamauchi found little success until the company began focusing on the toy market.
As the company began incorporating electronics into their product line- Yamauchi turned to one of their early artists, Shigeru Miyamoto, to create a game to break into the US market. That game resulted in the original Donkey Kong.
With that breakout hit, Nintendo continued their focus on electronic gaming and grew under Yamauchi’s guidance. Under his presidency of the company Nintendo released the NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, and Virtual Boy. Resulting multi-billion dollar video game company with a vast array of characters and franchises known throughout the world today.
(NY Times Article)