It's a sad day in the world of Nintendo. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who brought Nintendo from being a humble playing card maker to one of the greatest names in video games, has died at the age of 85 from pneumonia in a Japanese hospital.
Hiroshi Yamauchi was the last of the Yamauchi family to run the company, the company leadership being in the family since the company's founding in September of 1889.
Most of Nintendo's big name franchises were created under his reign. Mario, Zelda, Star Fox, Metroid, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, the list goes on of great Nintendo properties created in the Yamauchi era, many of them by Shigeru Miyamoto.
Sayonara, Yamauchi-san. You made Nintendo what it is and us fans are forever grateful.