Nintendo isn’t selling the Seattle Mariners.

Posted: September 23, 2013 in Nintendo
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Hiroshi Yamauchi pretty much swept in at the last minute and bought up the Mariners when every indicator was that the Mariners were leaving Seattle.  He said it was his thanks to the city of Seattle for taking Nintendo in and being a great home for Nintendo back in the 80’s when Nintendo had a lot on the line trying to convince a skeptical American public and even more skeptical American retailers that video games had a future, in spite of the Atari crash.  Nintendo of America is located in Redmond, WA, very close to to downtown Seattle.

Nintendo of America, the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners, as well as the group of minority owners, remain committed to the team, according to Howard Lincoln, longtime Mariner’s chairman and CEO, and member of the Nintendo of America board of directors.

“There’s always speculation in times like this,” says Lincoln. “I think I can speak on behalf of Nintendo of America and say that Nintendo has no plans to sell its majority interest in the Mariners.”

Lincoln, who is mourning the recent passing of Hiroshi Yamauchi, who led Nintendo for more than a half century, just returned from a 10-day fishing trip to Alaska with his son and had been out of communication because of the remote location. He did not learn of his friend’s death until late Thursday.

Nintendo’s interest is the same as Yamauchi’s, according to Lincoln. “I can’t tell you what’s going to happen in the future, but now Nintendo feels very strongly that Nintendo wants to maintain its ownership interest in the Mariners.”

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