Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who transformed Nintendo from a playing-card maker to a video game giant and led the company for 53 years, has died. He was 85.
Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.
Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a traditional playing card maker. Under Yamauchi’s leadership from 1949 to 2002, the company created household name products such as the Wii and Wii U gaming consoles, Game Boy portable systems and the Super Mario and Pokémon franchises.
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