The master behind the Nintendo’s video game dominance, Hiroshi Yamauchi, just passed away at the age of 85. In the world of video games no single man has contributed more to the imaginations of so many like Mr. Yamauchi. To put his creative legend in perspective, think of him as the Japanese Steve Jobs. But with games and no beard.
From Pokemon to Mario, Hiroshi Yamauchi created a world of delight where minds could run wild within inventive worlds filled with creative friends and enemies. Whether you bought his products as a child or an adult the creations he helped foster have touched your lives over and over.
Here are some of the best of them:
13. ANIMAL CROSSING
Animal Crossing is a community simulation game that came out in 2001. Unlike Civilization that came out many years before it and Minecraft that came out a couple years ago, Animal Crossing was a cutesy, fun, easy way to get casual gamers to get involved with a community. Its success has carried it across multiple Nintendo platforms and given birth to several sequels.
You probably haven’t heard of it as its fans are kind of clique-ish and quiet. But Nintendo is pretty good at finding an underrepresented minority and getting into their wallets.