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Nintendo Pioneer

Dead at 85

9/19/2013 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi -- who revolutionized the video game industry by introducing the world to Super Mario -- died this morning of pneumonia at a hospital in Japan.

Yamauchi introduced the Nintendo Entertainment System to America in 1985, and followed up by launching the greatest video game franchises in history, including Super Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong.

Hiroshi left the company in 2002 -- but reportedly refused to accept his retirement pension allegedly worth between $9 to $14 million dollars ... claiming Nintendo could put it to better use.

With an estimated net worth of around $2.1 billion, Hiroshi was ranked the 13th richest man in Japan at the time of his death.

Hiroshi was 85. He is survived by his wife and 3 kids.

Now fire up that NES and kick some Bowser ass in his honor.

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Amber Olson     

I just played a super fun game of Mario brothers on the original Nintendo for hours! Thanks yamauchi!

216 days ago
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billybob    

Sad to say, but the Wii U is as dead as Yamauchi

They both and Nintendo will have to rest in peace, forever...

216 days ago
33.

Sherlock    

No life ups for him. Rest in peace

216 days ago
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celtgurl84    

I guess its game over. Rest in peace...whos next Shigeru Moremoto???

203 days ago
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