Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Mariners' Invisible Owner, Is Dead

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo who owned a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners but famously never watched them play in person, is dead. He was 85. Read Kotaku's obit below. Here, from 1992, is quite possibly the only Mariners-related interview Yamauchi ever granted to a member of the Seattle press. Asked if he liked baseball, he replied: "It's not a matter if I like it or not. I would not say I would like it, and I would not say I dislike it. It's something like that, I would say."

Longtime Nintendo President Dies Aged 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, a longtime president of Nintendo (1949-2002) and the predecessor to current boss Satoru Iwata, has passed away today at the age of 85, Nikkei reports.

Formerly the richest man in Japan, Yamauchi also owned Seattle's Major League Baseball team, the Mariners (though he famously never attended a game).

A champion of the efforts to develop home consoles like the NES, Yamauchi abandoned his university studies to take up the position when his grandfather suffered a stroke. He led the company through it's great transition from a maker of children's toys and card games to its position today as one of the world's great video game studios and platform holders.

Yamauchi passed away in a Kyoto hospital, where he had been suffering from pneumonia.

任天堂の山内溥元社長が死去 85歳 [Nikkei]