Pokémon Director Shares His Condolences For The Former Nintendo President

By Sato . September 19, 2013 . 1:55pm


This morning, it has been reported that former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, who helped the company rise during his 53 years of tenure, had passed away at the age of 85. Pokémon director Junichi Masuda shared his thoughts and condolences on Twitter.



“I just found out about the news regarding the death of former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi. He created the Famicom, and the game business in Japan, and made it into a recognized part of the game industry around the world. And he also loved Pokémon. Mr. Yamauchi, today we surpassed one million preorders for XY… I pray from the bottom of my heart for your happiness in the next world.”


On behalf of Siliconera, rest in peace, Mr. Yamauchi. Thank you for all your hard work.

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  • Kaihedgie

    Why the hell isn’t anyone commenting on this?!

    • Guest

      Not every people uses disqus to comment.

      • Kaihedgie

        The article was posted hours ago and people are only now saying anything about it.

    • AzureRyuujin

      This man…. If it weren’t for him playing a part in saving the industry…

      I’d have not been interested in becoming a part of it in the first place.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    my condolences

  • Time Sage

    *Has a moment of silence*

    Alright. Moment over. Though this is sad to hear.

  • RIP you have done quite an honor in making Nintendo rise to what is is today and me and many others thank you for your hard work.

  • TruSpindash

    Very sad news, he will always be remembered as one of the greatest figures in video game history.

    “If it succeeds, we rise to the heavens, if it fails, we sink into hell.” – Hiroshi Yamauchi

    • Solomon_Kano

      Still such a great quote. He ended up being absolutely right about what the DS’ success would mean for Nintendo.

  • Jonah Paley

    Hiroshi Yamauchi…Rest in peace knowing that you helped change my life, and many others as well.

  • hazelnut1112

    RIP to the man that saved video games from the crash in the 80s.
    Truly he was the hero video games needed. Your work is done.

  • my respect to you mr. Yamauchi
    may you rest in peace

  • ChiffonCake

    Rest in peace.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    R.I.P Yamauchi-san. You deed of single handily recreating the game industries after Atari’s failure and of course shaping many of the gamers here will be remembered forever.T_T

  • N1ntendo

    Today the gaming industry lost a pioneer and a visionary of the video game industry. His lineage stemmed from Nintendo’s 1889 beginnings and he did the family proud. He defied critics, insulted competitors, and pushed for innovation in an industry that had gone stagnant at the time. This is one eulogy I deliver with a heavy heart as I grew up throughout the NES days reading about him in Nintendo Power, and learning more about his incredible legacy through different Nintendo history books that I have acquired. If you would like to leave a few words, tell us when you first heard about Yamauchi-san. If you did not know about him, please give us a personal Nintendo memory that still holds strong in your heart, be it a Nintendo game you still enjoy to this day or something that the company does that makes you smile. I leave you with a tribute from Satoru Iwata.

    “We will continue to treasure the values Yamauchi taught us – that what makes you unique lies at the core of entertainment. And we at Nintendo will continue to change the company flexibly to adapt to the times, as Yamauchi did, to carry on his spirit.” — Satoru Iwata

    Gomeifukuwo oinori itashimasu (Rest in Peace), Yamauchi-san

  • Thank you very much sir and rest in peace. Your legacy will live on for years and for the future generations to come.

  • Vesperion

    It’s funny cause i found out about this on TMZ. Truly this man has reached out to more then just those in the gaming community.

  • NimbusStev

    Say what you want about Nintendo, this man shaped the entire console market as we know it. There’s no telling where it would be (or if there would even BE one) if he hadn’t taken a chance with the Famicom. Mr. Yamauchi, your contributions to the game industry should garner the respect of everyone who has ever held a controller in their hands. Rest in peace!

  • NightzeroAX

    RIP. If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be into video games.

  • AzureRyuujin

    Rest in peace…. Hiroshi Yamauchi

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  • PreyMantis

    May heaven leave luck to you, Mr. Yamauchi.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Requiescat in pace.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    He is in another castle now.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Gaming business is, unfortunately, very unexplored territory. But if there are two people that can be considered legends in this field, it would be Yamauchi and his son-in-law Arakawa. Together, they achieved the impossible and turned a small Japanese card manufacturer into an international gaming empire. For this, history will forever look upon them favourably.

    Rest in peace, Yamauchi. You have more than earned your eternal rest.

  • personablaze

    Not only did you build nintendo Mr.Yamauchi, but also my childhood, Thank You~

  • Raltrios

    If you’re reading a gaming news site in your afterlife Mr. Yamauchi, I question your tastes. But then, your unique perspective has gone on to touch millions. Rest well, dear sir.

  • Christopher Nunes

    R.I.P. Yamauchi-san.

    I didn’t know about you until today but reading what everyone has written of your achievements and quotes I regret not learning about you sooner. I loved the SNES back when I was kid and played it days on end with my dad.

    If it wasn’t for you I would’ve never fall in love with video games in the first place and you have my best regards. A brilliant mind is silenced, an indomitable spirit goes to sleep, creative hands laid to rest, a pioneer set on his final journey, we are sad to see you go but god has proven to us he only takes the best.

    May you find happiest in your next life and see the future of the video game industry that you have created in your past life.

  • SoundMatch

    Rest in peace, even if I didn’t know of you until now, Thank you so much for helping so much to create a world I love. My blessings are with you for the next world Mr.Yamauchi.

  • Silent

    Saraba, M. Nintendo.

  • Wasn’t…he the guy who said that people who play RPGs are lonely, unsociable, sad people who thrive in darkness? Or something like that?

    • British_Otaku

      Yes he was, but he was also the man who pushed Nintendo into video games and hired Miyamoto among others.

      Given what experiences we have had over the last 3 decades and wouldn’t have came, I think you can overlook him saying some silly things.

      • Oh, I’m not trying to be difficult or anything. I was just making sure I knew who this guy was and such.

  • Göran Isacson

    You were a hard-ass loose cannon son of a gun, Yamauchi-san. But darnit, if you didn’t get results. An entire industry and many generations have you to thank for their success and childhoods. I’d tell you to rest in peace, but judging from what I’ve heard he’s already kicking angel ass and getting them to run Heaven much more efficiently. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • You never truly realize how important someone is until they are gone. This man is a true inspiration. I read an article on IGN posted several years ago where he said he believed that the industry was moving in the wrong direction, that more powerful hardware won’t push the industry forward. That’s why the DS was thought up. As it turns out, he was absolutely right.

    I’ve grown up playing Nintendo games and I didn’t realize until today just how much their passion and dedication to creating new experiences with unique hardware has inspired me in my own life. Creating is about uniting talented minds and hands who can create something unique and special with the tools they’ve been given. Hiroshi Yamauchi’s values will carry on through Nintendo’s future and those values will be something that I carry on myself.

    Rest in Peace, Yamauchi. Our whole industry owes its thanks to you.

  • Kitestwinblades

    Super late on reading this news! This guy had a legendary run… He will never be forgotten. This fall will actually be my first time playing a Pokemon game in quite a while. Not only that but it’ll be one of the first few 3DS games I play. Looking foward to seeing how much has changed in this time. Such a beloved nintendo franchise growing up and its good to know we had a president who adored it as well. Godda love it when a company truely loves their own franchise like the folks at nintendo :3
    This guy deserves an Arceus mount and may he rest in peace.

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