Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi passes away at 85

Former Nintendo President, Hiroshi Yamauchi, passed away today at the age of 85. He ran Nintendo from 1949 all the way until 2002. Current Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, succeeded him in the position though Yamauchi would stay behind the scenes for a bit.

Nintendo’s Iwata shared this statement about their loss:

We will continue to treasure the values Yamauchi taught us — that what makes you unique lies at the core of entertainment. And we at Nintendo will continue to change the company flexibly to adapt to the times, as Yamauchi did, to carry on his spirit

It’s a sad day for the entire gaming industry. Yamauchi certainly spear-headed some products and ideas that improved the industry while also backing some rather silly ones. He will be remembered as one of the most important people in establishing the game industry as a viable, legitimate industry for all to take part in during the 20th century.