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Nintendo boss behind Super Mario dies aged 85

Nintendo is famous for video games like Super Mario and Pokemon. Credit: Nintendo

Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi has died of pneumonia aged 85, the company said.

Yamauchi, who was company president from 1949 to 2002, led the company's transition from maker of traditional playing cards to global video giant behind the Super Mario and Pokemon games.

He died in hospital in central Japan.