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Hiroshi Yamauchi

President that transitioned Nintendo into video game development

Hiroshi Yamauchi was a Japanese businessman who has served more than half a century as the president of Nintendo. Nintendo was founded by Yamauchi’s great-grandfather as a playing-card manufacturer where he became Nintendo’s third president. After Yamauchi assumed control of Nintendo, he expanded the company’s offering to toys and other novelties, a move that provided modest success for the firm.

As video games became increasingly popular in the late 1970’s, Yamauchi ushered Nintendo into the emerging video game market. Nintendo soon became a household name around the globe, with the introduction of the Family Computer in Japan and the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America where they dominated the home console market throughout the 1980’s and early 90’s.

Featured Game

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Video game adaptation of comic book series

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a first-person shooter video game developed by Iguana Entertainment and published by Acclaim for the Nintendo 64.   The game was based on the 1992 revamp of the Turok comic book series by Valiant Comics.  In 1994 Acclaim Entertainment acquired Valiant Comics’ parent company Voyager Communications and began creating numerous games based on Valiant properties such as Shadow Man, Iron Man and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.

The video game adaptation of the comic book places players in control of Tal’Set (Turok), a Native American time-traveling warrior.  The title and responsibilities of Turok is passed down every generation to the eldest male who is in charge of protecting the barrier between Earth and the Lost Land, a primitive world that is inhabited by dinosaurs.

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