The co-founder of Nintendo of America, Alan Stone, passed away last Friday

RIP good sir

There are plenty of people who have helped create something far bigger than themselves and never received proper credit. Most of us associate Nintendo of America with Reggie Fils-Aimé, but there was an even bigger man behind Nintendo’s expansion into the West: Alan Stone. He was the co-founder of Nintendo of America and made great strides in distributing its arcade cabinets into the United States.

Stone helped popularize such titles as Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. in the US market. He passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 due to an unspecified form of cancer at the age of 71. Some other career highlights for Stone include forming Far East Video during the early days of Nintendo’s Western expansion, being the CEO of Sega Enterprises during the ’90s, and joining the board of directors for Nanotech in 2013.

If you’d like to read more on the man’s life, you can check out InterGame’s write-up on his life. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Al Stone dies [InterGame]

Peter Glagowski
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