Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is set to be released digitally starting on September 20, although not all of the company’s news is particularly good news as the company announced one of its most important presidents, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has passed away.
Yamauchi-san first took control of Nintendo back in 1949 when he took the company over from his grandfather, which at the time, the company specialized solely in manufacturing playing cards in Japan. Shortly after becoming president of Nintendo, Yamauchi-san oversaw the creation of all of Nintendo’s video game consoles all the way up to the Nintendo GameCube. Once the GameCube was out the door, Yamauchi-san handed control of Nintendo over to Satoru Iwata, who is the current president of Nintendo.
Yamauchi-san passed away at the age of 85 at a hospital in Kyoto City where he suffered from pneumonia. A memorial service at Nintendo’s headquarters is expected to take place on September 22. Seeing how the Tokyo Game Show is going on this weekend, we’re sure many gamers will show their respects to one of Nintendo’s most important presidents while they’re in town for the big gaming show.RELATED