Later, he was the business mind who recognized the creative genius in Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Donkey Kong and other Nintendo classics. What's more, Yamauchi realized that kids would want those characters and stories near them all the time. (At the time, games were still frequently relegated to arcades; Nintendo planted them firmly in the home.) So in 1983 Yamauchi spearheaded the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System, perhaps the most iconic game console ever released. It wasn't the first home console, but it was the most popular one of its generation. Then, in 1990, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and did it all over again. That became my console, the one that reminds me most of childhood, when I played 12 hours of Super Mario World convinced there was a secret level. Yamauchi would oversee the release of two more consoles--the Nintendo 64 and GameCube--and countless wonderful games, like Mario 64 and Super Smash Bros, to name just a couple, before stepping down in 2002.