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7 Ways Hiroshi Yamauchi Changed Nintendo

By Steven Romano Sep 24, 2013

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Releasing Donkey Kong in America

It was during the late 1970s when Yamauchi entered into the burgeoning video game market, diversifying Nintendo’s offerings. The company saw the potential in releasing their most popular arcade games overseas, but they amounted to tepid successes or outright failures. Undaunted, Yamauchi risked plenty when he approached a young Shigeru Miyamoto and his concept for Donkey Kong. Feared to be an egregious flop, Donkey Kong allayed all doubts when it dominated the arcade scene in 1981. With this achievement, Yamauchi solidified Nintendo’s status as a top tier developer.

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