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.
— 増田順一@GAME FREAK inc. (@Junichi_Masuda) September 19, 2013
“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.