Nintendo’s Nobuo Nagai dies after 44 years at the company

Nobuo Nagai, Nintendo's Manufacturing senior managing director and company employee of almost 45 years, died over the weekend aged 66.

Nagai, who was hired by Nintendo in 1967 as the company transitioned from playing card manufacture to its first steps as a toy company, lost his battle with stomach cancer on Sunday.

Nagai became a director in 2000 before stepping up to managing director in 2004, and oversaw the production of Nintendo's hardware at its Kyoto-based Uji plant.