I see the death of Hiroshi Yamauchi going one of two ways for Nintendo. Their last bit of inspiration dies with the founder and Nintendo goes the way of Palm and Blackberry. Or, he was holding Nintendo back, and a burst of new products and innovations will come.
I’m not sure how he was holding them back — he retired as President in 2002 and left the Board in 2005. If anything, his absence has hurt them, it seems. He was without question the visionary behind the actual business, transforming it from a trading card company into videogames. I just can’t see how his passing could possibly help Nintendo in any way.