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Iwata: Nintendo will treasure the values Yamauchi taught us

Nintendo president believes Nintendo will carry on Yamauchi's spirit

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has paid tribute to his predecessor Hiroshi Yamauchi who passed away today, aged 85.

Yamauchi served as Nintendo president from 1949 until 2002, during which time he took Nintendo from a Japanese card game operation to a global videogames company.

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In a statement, Iwata said that the company would carry on Yamauchi's sprit by continuing to adapt with the times.

"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."

You can read more tributes to Hiroshi Yamauchi here.

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  1. Slinkington Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 16:14

    Terrible news, we all have to go eventually. May he rest in peace. He made Nintendo a great company.

    Now Iwatta needs to make changes. Nintendo used to be number 1, but now many don't even consider them the core of gaming, because they lack what other companies provide. I do hope Iwatta sticks to his statement:

    "Iwata said that the company would carry on Yamauchi's sprit by continuing to adapt with the times."

  2. KingToAD Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 16:20

    Thank you Hiroshi Yamauchi. Your decisions @ Nintendo made mine and many others chidhood full of fun and happiness. You have also shaped a future generation so long may your spirit live on, in Nintendo, in all of us!

  3. Mariostar222 Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 16:44

    we want a nintendo direct dedacatied to him,with out him video games probley would just turned 16-bit,thanks you.... :( gamers will miss you :(

  4. Mr Roboto Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 19:03

    The video games industry wouldn't be where it is today without your leadership through the years!

    ONM should have a massive article on this great man in the next issue!

    He refused his retirement company pension so Nintendo could use it and Iwata refuses to sack people in these hard times. Truly Nintendo of Japan is a remarkable company and all it's dedicated employees as well.

  5. vtheyoshi Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 19:27

    Thank you for saving the industry, thank you for making the childhoods of millions, thank you for bringing joy to everyone's lives. You were a legend in life, and you shall be in death. RIP

  6. NintyFan90 Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 22:38

    RIP Hiroshi Yamauchi. Thank you for transforming Nintendo and making it the successful company that it is today. Through your leadership, Nintendo has established itself as a leading video games brand which is recognised by everyone around the world and for that, we're truly grateful.

  7. SilentDark Saturday 21st Sep 2013 at 11:31

    Terrible news, we all have to go eventually. May he rest in peace. He made Nintendo a great company.

    Now Iwatta needs to make changes. Nintendo used to be number 1, but now many don't even consider them the core of gaming, because they lack what other companies provide. I do hope Iwatta sticks to his statement:

    "Iwata said that the company would carry on Yamauchi's sprit by continuing to adapt with the times."

    This. Nintendo don't seem to have adapted to the changes in the videogame market since the 80s and early 90s. When people talk of the console wars they talk about MS and Sony. Nintendo are looking increasingly irrelevant in the modern age. Time to do something about that I think.

    My condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Yamauchi.

  8. samus_fesses Sunday 22nd Sep 2013 at 10:36

    Adapting to the times is exactly what Nintendo has NOT been doing for the last 10-15 years. -_-

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