Agreed. Yamauchi > Iwata.
He was a outstanding programmer, like seriously outstanding. He was however, a fairly mediocre and sometimes downright terrible businessman. And I agree with the statement I quoted. To me, the golden age of Nintendo will always be synonymous with Hiroshi Yamauchi. Also, Howard Linclon's influence cannot be underestimated. He was key building up close relationships with third-parties, and gave them the task to develop (often more mature) games for their systems. He recongized that players of the early Nintendo systems became older, and thus demanded more mature content. All that hard work was completely undone when Reggie came on board. Absolutely terrible, and one of the reasons why my feverish interest in Nintendo declined significantly over the last fifteen+ years. I know the difference between being a Nintendo fan then (late 80s - 90s) and being one now. Yes, there are still great games, but the "real" Nintendo died ages ago.