Yamauchi has given us the genius work of Gunpei Yokoi - Game& Watch, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Gameboy, the Cross shaped Directional pad. The former President also put Gunpei in charge of a top priority game Donkey Kong where he was given the chance to teach a young Shigeru Miyamoto about game programing/creating. Miyamoto's talents were brought before Yamauchi and were allowed to thrive and bringing us- Super Mario Bros series, Zelda, Star Fox, Pikmin, Metroid Prime trilogy, the 3D control engineering on Mario 64 that serves as the basis for all 3D environment games and what many consider to be "the greatest game of all time" The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
In 2002 Yamauchi stepped down as President and sat on the Board of Directors till 2005 when completely retired and watched Nintendo continue his lead of excellence and innovation that has severed them since he took over 60 years ago.
Go out and honor this great mans accomplishments and gifts by not just playing a video game today but by supporting the company that made it possible to still play games.
You will be remembered.