Hiroshi Yamuichi, the man who led Nintendo to greatness, has died of pneumonia aged 85. Known for transforming the company from a collectable trading card company into a video gaming household name, he will be sorely missed.

Anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s will remember how synonymous video gaming was with Nintendo. Even if you owned a SEGA console, your parents always told people you "were upstairs playing Nintendo".

Yamuichi famously harnessed the talent of legendary game creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, creating games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend Of Zelda that not only captured the imaginations of home gamers, but created a brand identity that Nintendo still uses today.

So, raise a glass when you get home tonight, and toast the man who may just have been the reason you have a games console sitting beside your television.

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