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7 Ways Hiroshi Yamauchi Changed Nintendo

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The Famicom/NES

Riding the success of Donkey Kong and subsequent arcade titles, Yamauchi ushered Nintendo into the home console market with the Famicom (a portmanteau of “family” and “computer”). Understanding that quality games—not the system alone—equated to desirable sales numbers, Yamauchi emphasized creativity and demonstrated an uncanny foresight to know what the public wanted. Nintendo then released the Famicom in America as the Nintendo Entertainment System, despite the devastating video game crash of 1983 and doubtful financial analysts. Proving them wrong, the NES became a leader in gaming entertainment.

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