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From turning a company who manufactured playing cards and various toys into one of the most popular and well known video gaming companies in the world, Yamauchi helped save the gaming industry from total collapse.
According to Reuters:
Yamauchi was the third-generation head of the family-run business, founded in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto in 1889 as a maker of playing cards, and served as president from 1949 until 2002. He was an executive adviser to the company at the time of his death.
With the launch of the Family Computer (better known as the Famicom, the Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System) and the Game Boy, Yamauchi solidified Nintendo's place in the world of video gaming entertainment.
We here at Fanboys Anonymous are indeed saddened by the loss of this major gaming icon.
Thank you, Yamauchi-san.