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If only 1-Ups were real…

 President and Chairman, Nintendo (1949–2002, 2002–2005)

September 19, 2013 will be a date that numerous gamers, especially Nintendo fans, around the world will never forget: Nintendo’s 3rd President, Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away at age 85 due to reported complications of pneumonia.

Mr. Yamauchi was (and forever will be) one of the principal cornerstones of Nintendo’s advancement.  In fact, without Yamauchi, who knows if the company would have ever progressed into what it is today as he was the one responsible for bringing Nintendo’s electronic evolution.  Many of you may not know that the Nintendo company actually started as a playing cards manufacturer factory which much later proceeded to be a toy making company.  Yes, you read right: playing cards and toy making.  Ever since he became Chairman of Nintendo in 1949, Yamauchi ruled with a firm fist and never lost faith in his company’s capacity and staff’s competence.  It was Yamauchi’s polished observational skills for innovation that provided a gateway for Nintendo to maintain relevance in the worldwide market.  He was responsible for bringing the legendary Famicom and overlooking all the marvelous console systems until the GameCube.  During the latter console’s developement, he decided to step back and appointed Satoru Iwata as his successor – which I believe has been doing an exceptional job at keeping Nintendo’s name relevant in the industry.

Satoru Iwata, 4th President of Nintendo

Yamauchi kept true to Nintendo and his vision of maintaining the future in scope while working endlessly to make it the present and a reality to gamers around the globe.  Under Yamauchi, Nintendo was ruled under the premises of originality, entertainment, and availability: Yamauchi believed in people having the opportunity to be able to play one-of-a-kind videogames that provided unique experiences at the most inexpensive price possible.  Through that vision, games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario 64, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, and Starfox (all developed by famous gaming icon Shigeru Miyamoto) came into existence.

Shigeru Miyamoto

Yamauchi retired from Nintendo on 2005 feeling that his advancing age would interfere with Nintendo’s progress.  Nonetheless, he left satisfied with his work and believing in Satoru Iwata’s skill and expertise in driving the company into further successes.  Sadly, Yamauchi will not be able to see his company strive forward as 1-Ups do not exist.

May you rest in peace, Hiroshi Yamauchi.

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Fanboy, Game Over

 

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Sin & Concerts – Remastered!

I can officially geek out (even more) now: Sony announced Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 remastered versions for the PlayStation 3 will be available Winter 2013!  As I wrote in my previous article “What can I do for you?,” Sony will be releasing remastered versions of both games to give us a beautiful feast of graphic design.  As a major fan of FFX and FF X-2, I am extremely ecstatic to see what the PS3 technology will have in store for us aesthetically.  Not only I have utmost faith that the stunning graphics will make us cry, but I’m exceedingly excited for the new game content.  Yes, you read correctly: new game content.  Both releases will include features of the internationally game versions that weren’t available in the markets of North America. I don’t know about you, but I’m fucking thrilled – AAAAHHHH!  I can’t wait!

If you haven’t had the chance to explore the world of Spira alongside Yuna and Tidus, THIS is definitely the time to embark on such journey.  And if you have already traveled the Calm Lands years before, I say it wouldn’t be a bad idea to dust off that airship and revisit the beautifully remastered landscapes and cities.

I’ve done it! I-I have become a summoner!

I fight for Spira.

Defeating Sin, ending pain… this I can do.

I will not stand by and watch them be hurt.

Now, Sin is finally dead.

It all began when I saw this sphere of you.

I don’t want friends to die…or fade away.

Through the smiles, tears…

Everything is connected. I can feel it.

This is my story.

 

 

P.S. – Here’s a video to let you see the amazing remastering product we can expect.  See you around!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Fanboy

 

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