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Nintendo Will Retain Its Majority Stake In The Seattle Mariners Following Yamauchi’s Passing

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According to Seattle Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln, who also happens to serve on the board of directors at Nintendo of America, Nintendo has no plan to sell its stake in Major League Baseball team the Seattle Mariners. Speculation arose last week that the company’s ownership of the Mariners may be coming to an end following the death of Hiroshi Yamauchi. Although Yamauchi transferred his shares in the team to Nintendo of America in 2004, he was still considered the owner of the Mariners in name and title.

In 1992, Yamauchi famously purchased a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners at a time when the team was in dire straits and on the verge of moving to Florida. Despite having never attended a Mariners game, Yamauchi is credited with saving the team and keeping them in Seattle, which is also home to Nintendo of America. The Mariners would go on to tie the MLB record for most wins in a season in 2001, while Yamauchi, as President of Nintendo, lead the company to a string of innovations and successes in console gaming until stepping down in 2002. Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away from pneumonia last Thursday at the age of 85.

Here are Howard Lincoln’s comments regarding Nintendo, the Mariners, and Yamauchi’s death:

On Nintendo’s Ownership of the Seattle Mariners: “There’s always speculation in times like this. I think I can speak on behalf of Nintendo of America and say that Nintendo has no plans to sell its majority interest in the Mariners….I can’t tell you what’s going to happen in the future, but now Nintendo feels very strongly that Nintendo wants to maintain its ownership interest in the Mariners.”

On Yamauchi: “There’s a flood of recollections. I’ve known and worked for him for more than 30 years. More than 2,000 people came to his (memorial) in Japan on Saturday, I was told. He was a man of small stature and commanding presence. People liked him. I saw him in action in Japan and the United States, and he was always very warm. He was a visionary. We need to think about and never forget all he did for Seattle and for the Northwest.”

27 comments

    1. And then the haters think Nintendo is for babies only…

      I love the words “Commanding presence”…

    1. MY MOM SAID I WAS A GROWN UP WEN SHE MADE ME GO OUT THE FIRST TIME AND SHE SAID I WAS A REAL MAN WEN I BLOW OFF ALL THEM GUYS AND SMOKE CRACK

  1. yeah but running dem sex hotels makes you Dpimp daddy

    pimp daddy the live of Yamauchi rpg wiiu will be the highest budget game ever created and will replace ZELDA oot as the greatest game ever made

    STARTING AS A JAP BOY ALL THE WAY UP TO NINTENDO PRESIDENT

    YOU WILL RUN LADY-BOYS PEDO RINGS SEX HOTELS JAP PORN AND YOUR GOAL TO CORRUPT THE MINDS OF KIDS WITH NINTENDO

    CAN YOU BE THE NEXT BOSS PLAY IN 1080P WITH GAMEPAD AND WM PLUS ENHANCEMENTS AND A 500 MILLION BUDGET AND WIIU PUSHED TO ITS MAX

    COMING 2015

  2. IS THIS THE GUY WHO PLOTTED THAT ATTACK ON AMERICA IN SOUTH PARK IS THAT Yamauchi’s

    HE MADE AMERICANS THINK ALL JAPANESE THOUGHT THEY HAD VERY VERY BIG PENIS

    THAT WAS A MASTER STROKE THEY ALMOST TOOK AMERICA

  3. Team will die like old fart. On behalf of microsoft iwill torture his soul with african vodoo his screams in hell give me a big boner yamuchu your soul is mine xbox FTW

  4. How come Nintendo has never done anything “special” with their ownership of the Mariners? Like make a baseball game based on them or do Nintendo events at the stadium etc.💋

    1. They did, although only one comes to mind. Kenny Grifith Jr. Baseball Simulator, or something like that, for the SNES

      1. It’s too bad they weren’t anything “spectacular” though. Nothing really memorable. Owning a baseball team could help Nintendo with advertisements!!! The field at least must have Nintendo billboards and stuff right?? 💋

    2. They did test a ds feature at safeco field. It would give you stats or other camera views and you could order food from your seat. It’s pretty neat I thought.

  5. If Nintendo owns the Mariners, does that mean they get paid for them to appear in a baseball video game? If so I find it funny that Sony writes a check to Nintendo every year.

    1. I remember an n64 griffey game that was good but everyones batting stance wasnt real excepts griffeys. It was so odd

  6. Now they NEED to do a TRUE baseball sim in the line of The Show, and honor his memory. Put Iwakuma on the cover, call it Nintendo MLB 2014, and give it GamePad functionality, 3D on the 3DS, a few new innovations, Off-TV Play, and have it be a defining moment in Sports Gaming.

    or 2015, I don’t mind waiting for a perfect baseball simulation, or as close as we get to it with video gaming.

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