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The Co-Founder of Nintendo of America, Alan Stone, Has Passed at 71

Alan Stone

The Co-Founder of Nintendo of America, Alan Stone, Has Passed at 71

He helped bring Donkey Kong to the States.

Alan Stone, one of the co-founders of Nintendo of America has unfortunately passed away at the age of 71 due to cancer. In 1981, Stone played a huge role when it came to bringing coin-operated games like Donkey Kong and Radar Scope from Japan to America. Without his hard work and dedication, we might have never gotten a chance to rescue the Princess while playing as Jumpman (who was later renamed Mario).

He worked for Nintendo for about 13 years until he, surprisingly, started working for Sega where he served as president and CEO of Sega Enterprises (now Sega Entertainment, the company’s arcade division) for a decade.

He eventually ended up working at NanoTech as a chief operating officer. NanoTech Media is a provider of IPTV technology for television and portable media devices.

If you would like to know more about Mr. Stone, you can watch this interview where he talks about the highlights of his career in the video game industry.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Alan Stone’s family and friends.


Greysun is currently majoring in Mass Communications and Media Studies. He's somehow played every Kingdom Hearts game more than once but somehow doesn't get the story. You can follow him on Twitter @greysun_morales if you like Nintendo-related posts that can sometimes be very comical.

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