Alan Stone, co-founder of Nintendo of America has passed away at the age of 71. Apparently having battled a long time illness, he passed on Friday, 17th February 2017.
Working with Ron Judy, Stone was responsible for negotiating with Nintendo to release the coin-operated arcade version of Donkey Kong outside of Japan. By 1982, Donkey Kong arcade cabinets had been sold 60,000 times in the United States alone.
He then went on to co-found and become vice president of Nintendo of America where he was one of the key figures in the Nintendo Entertainment System’s success.
Stone eventually went on to become president and CEO of SEGA Entertainment where he served for 10 years up to 2004.
Michael Green, an old friend of Stone’s from UDC in the UK, posted:
It was with great sadness that I just read that Alan Stone, one of my oldest and best friends has died.
He had bravely fought that terrible disease, yet throughout all maintained his dignity and humour. We became friends when he was running Nintendo!and we became the UK distributor. He was a businessman with the highest integrity and the finest business ethic. He went on to do a magnificent job as president of Sega USA.
He built up so many friendships over the years that have endured till today. Hilary and I had so many great times with Al and Darlene that we will always treasure. The industry has not lost a good man, it has lost a giant. We will never forget you Al, and our heartfelt condolences to Darlene.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.