Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who is responsible for introducing millions, if not billions, of people to video gaming, has passed away today at 85 years of age. Yamauchi headed up Nintendo for more than 50 years and was responsible for transitioning the company from playing cards to a videogame powerhouse.
Yamauchi served as Nintendo's president from 1949 to 2002 and was responsible for many of the games we grew up loving, including Super Mario, Pokémon, and Donkey Kong. He also owned the Seattle Mariners baseball team for a brief period before he sold it to Nintendo USA back in 2004.
Yamauchi was regarded as one of the richest men in Japan and seen as a visionary by much of the country. Even though he was a dropout of the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, he proved that anyone could become a leader in their field. Yamauchi passed away Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital located in central Japan. He is survived by Katsuhito Yamauchi, his eldest son, and will be laid to rest on Sunday following a funeral being held at Nintendo.