Former President of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, dies of pneumonia

Thursday was a sad day for gamers, as one of the finest presidents of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, died from pneumonia related causes.

Yamauchi was fully responsible for introducing the first Nintendo console both on Japan and Western shores.  Each subsequent console’s release and development, including the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube were also personally overseen by Yamauchi.  It goes without saying that gamers have a lot to thank him for, as he personally helped give birth to some of our favorite gaming icons.  And without Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong, we wouldn’t have Sonic or Master Chief.

Yamauchi was also an amazingly compassionate man.  After stepping down from his presidency in 2002, he refused his remaining pension; he thought Nintendo could use it for better purposes. He also donated the remainder of his shareholdings (7.5 billion yen) towards building a new cancer treatment center in Kyoto.

Despite never actually having played video games, it’s amazing how much Yamauchi contributed to the gaming community.  Let’s give him a nice send off by continually supporting the world of gaming helped create.