Agence France-PresseSeptember 19, 2013 08:48
Hiroshi Yamauchi, credited with transforming Nintendo from a family-owned Japanese business into a global byword for video games, died Thursday from pneumonia. He was 85.
Yamauchi was just 22 when he took over the family business from his ailing grandfather and he went on to head the firm for over half a century.
It was during his tenure -- in 1983 -- that Nintendo released a games console called the "Family Computer", which laid the foundations for the modern video-game industry.