We spent time gearing up for Pokémon and Zelda back in September.
Andrew Brown, Australia Correspondent -
It was with heavy hearts that we reported on the passing of former Nintendo President, Hiroshi Yamauchi, this month. He was a man who shaped the industry we know today, and his legacy will live on in our hearts.
On a lighter note, September saw the release of The Wind Waker HD, a wonderful remake of a wonderful game that proved the "kiddy" look wasn't as disastrous to the series as naysayers originally thought, and showed that a game truly can be a timeless experience.
Justin Baker, Reviews Editor -
birthday is in September, so, as a gift to myself, I picked up Wind
Waker HD. I never played the game in its original run on GameCube, but I
fell in love with it on Wii U. It was just the relaxing romp I needed
before the holidays hit me like a freight train.
On a sadder note Yamauchi's passing felt like the end of an era, even though he hadn't been active at the company in a long time. As a Nintendo home throughout the Eighties and Nineties, my brother and I were saddened when we heard the news. It was a somber reminder that companies like Nintendo don't just make games, they're a part of my generation's culture.
Justin Berube, Features Editor -
Like Andrew and Justin, Yamauchi's death hit me hard. For decades I've been reading about the man's amazing business decisions that ultimately pulled Nintendo away from the brink of destruction several times. All of this, of course, was after he took control of the company at the age of 22.
If it wasn't for Mr. Yamauchi, we wouldn't be here writing for this site. Most of us probably wouldn't even know the name Nintendo either. Yamauchi's influence on the gaming industry as we know it probably can't be measured due to all of the innovation that came out of his company. Hell, the NES brought the industry out of the 1980's video game crash and deeply shaped the industry as we know it today. If it weren't for Yamauchi, the path to the gaming world we love so much today would be vastly different. That's not to say he did it alone, he had other brilliant men helping like Gunpei Yokoi, but Yamauchi is the one who, ultimately, pulled the trigger and decided to take the risks.
I'm not going to claim to be an expert on the man in any way, shape, or form. I know some of his behavior over the years may have appeared questionable to outsiders. I know he seemed mysterious to Nintendo fans when he was in charge of the company, and it may have looked as if he went into hiding after stepping away. However, Yamauchi made some amazing decisions to bring Nintendo where it is today, and those decisions will effect us long after his death.
I'm very happy that Yamauchi got to see Nintendo hit one last peak before he died. The Wii and DS dominating the world. One final worldwide phenomenon for this man to witness before he passed on so he knew his hard work paid off. Thank you Mr. Yamauchi for touching so many of us with several forms of world class entertainment. Thank you for bringing us together as fans.
Now Hiroshi Yamauchi, may you rest in peace not only as a man, but as a legend.
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