An Interview with Hiroshi Yamauchi

image An interview with Hiroshi Yamauchi, former president of Nintendo, has been doing the rounds. It's supposedly published in the February issue of Wired. The interview is quite colorful, to say the least. For instance, at one point Yamauchi claims that during a meeting with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer he said to him, 'hey, Ballmer, why don't you suck my tiny yellow balls.' This was his response to Microsoft's offer to buy Nintendo. The quotation is offered up in bold letters in the sidebar, so there's no chance you'll miss it. There's also some other equally outrageous stuff. Is any of it real? No. It's a fake interview and a fake Wired magazine mock-up. Digit magazine has an article debunking it.
Update: apparently thought the article was real.
Update 2: According to this article, Nintendo has officially confirmed that the interview is a hoax.

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Posted on Fri Jan 07, 2005

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Ha! I almost wish this interview was real... I would love to think an elderly Japanese man would say "suck my balls." The closest my friends and I have gotten to that was getting an exchange student to tell someone to fuck off and that was only because he didn't know what fuck meant.
Posted by Fay-Fay  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  06:07 PM
He seems pretty bigoted. Her made racial marks against Americans, Italians, and Canadians.
Posted by John  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  07:12 PM
The February issue of Wired isn't out yet.
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Sun Jan 09, 2005  at  11:38 AM
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