Nintendo’s former President, The Great Hiroshi Yamauchi, dies aged 85
Hiroshi Yamauchi was Nintendo’s third and most important president. The god-father of Nintendo took the reins from his 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. Mr Yamauchi ruled Nintendo with an iron fist and guided the company through some epic era. He died at age 85.