Nintendo has been a family business. After the company's former president Hiroshi Yamauchi died last fall, he left his stake in the company to his four children. And now, Bloomberg reports, they're looking to sell stock.
Game industry figures share their thoughts on Hiroshi Yamauchi: We've collected statements from ex-Nintendo marketing boss Perrin Kaplan, EA's Peter Moore, and designer Giles Goddard. Yamauchi, the former president of Nintendo who turned the company into what it is today, passed away yesterday.
Current Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has delivered a brief statement following the death of his predecessor, Hiroshi Yamauchi.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, a longtime president of Nintendo (1949-2002) and the predecessor to current boss Satoru Iwata, has passed away today at the age of 85, Nikkei reports.
Ever wonder why the Famicom (née Family Computer) was red, gold and white? It was glorious color scheme, but the story goes that cheap plastics were responsible for the console's iconic hue. That story, says one of the console's main designers, is wrong.
Nintendo's current president and regular spokesperson for Nintendo's online press conference, "Nintendo Direct," Satoru Iwata spoke today at an analyst presentation meeting on Nintendo's plans for the upcoming business year. During the presentation, Iwata spoke of his "commitment" to a business profit goal of ¥100…
True or not, a baseball team owned by an aging Japanese magnate, two weeks after trading away a Japanese national hero, is an easy target for rumors that it's up for sale.
After 11 seasons with the Nintendo-owned Seattle Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was traded today to the New York Yankees.
The man who made Nintendo into a video gaming giant is warmly regarded in Seattle, and not just because the company's American headquarters are there. He purchased the Seattle Mariners in 1992, almost certainly saving the team from moving to Florida.
A disastrous last quarter in terms of sales has sent Nintendo's share prices through the floor. If you own Nintendo shares, sorry! But hey, even if you do, it could be worse; spare a thought for former president Hiroshi Yamauchi. He just lost $500,000,000 in one day.
It was apparently a contracted hit. Gunpei Yokoi, father of the Game Boy who failed with the Virtual Boy, left Nintendo and was working with a rival on a new portable game device. Yokoi had too many Nintendo secrets. He had to be out of the picture, say the conspiracy theories. He had to be silenced.
Nintendo, the world's family-friendly video game maker, formed under less virtuous auspices. Before Nintendo made video games, they made playing cards for gangsters and ran their own love hotel, which some assert their own president frequented—during work. Saucy!
When Nintendo launched the Nintendo Entertainment System in the West, the console was gray and black. Its Japanese originator, the Famicom, was not.
Former Nintendo boss Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, used to be the richest man in Japan. He isn't anymore. That doesn't mean he isn't willing to part with his cash.
Artist Bill Mudron shipped out the first issue of The Nintendo History System this week, the first chapter in an 8-part series that offers a fun, historical look at the company's rise from playing card manufacturer to video game giant.
Late-year surge aside, 2009 was a time of slight decline for Nintendo, spurred by a slide in sales for the once-booming Wii. And nobody felt that slide more than the company's former boss Hiroshi Yamauchi.
When cutesy monster series Pokémon was being prepped for the Western market, localizers told Nintendo this: No way will adorable monsters be accepted by Americans.
You want a single man's fortunes by which you can gauge the current success of Nintendo? Look no further than former chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi, who in the past three years has gone from being Japan's 11th-richest man, to it's 3rd-richest man, to now it's richest man. That's what happens when you own mountains of…