Hiroshi Yamauchi, 1927-2013

Monday, 23 September 2013 at 21:38 GMT

Word went out last week that the former president of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, passed away at the age of 85. His tireless work at the company from 1949 to 2002 saw the emergence of Nintendo's video game juggernaut, along with the creation of series giants Mario, Zelda and Metroid. In those 53 years, he was also instrumental in the flourishing careers of the likes of Gunpei Yokoi and Shigeru Miyamoto.

Nintendo is the company we know and love today thanks to his life's work, and all of our favourite video game characters and worlds are a testament and legacy to this man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.

As a tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi, former Nintendo composer Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka (known to us as the composer of the original Metroid) has produced two fitting remix tracks of the credit themes from Super Mario Land and Metroid.

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