Satoru Iwata, 1959-2015

Monday, 13 July 2015 at 03:33 GMT

Deeply sad news has broken at Nintendo of Japan. Nintendo's CEO and president, Satoru Iwata, has passed away from a bile duct growth this past weekend.

Starting as a software developer at HAL Laboratory in the 1980s, Mr. Iwata assisted in the development of the early Nintendo game Balloon Fight, and in the following years EarthBound and the Kirby series. Eventually moving to the executive side of the business, Mr. Iwata succeeded the previous Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002. Since then he oversaw a massive swathe of Nintendo's history (including a major part of the Metroid saga), from the GameCube console right up to the current Wii U.

Thank you, Mr. Iwata, for your life's work. Thank you for watching over Nintendo as president these past thirteen years, and may you rest in peace. My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends, and all those affected by this terrible loss.

Satoru Iwata

"Video games are meant to be just one thing: fun, fun for everyone."

Comments (4)

  1. Sad news indeed for the entire gaming community. I didn't even know he had worked on Kirby (one of my favorite video game characters). He was one of the few game company execs who actually played games, and now cancer has taken him away. May his spirit forever game in peace.

    Posted by LV44 on 13 July 2015 at 20:09 GMT

  2. It was really terrible to hear that the man responsible for so many of my best childhood memories had passed away. Pray for his family and for Nintendo as they go through this hard time.

    Thanks, Mr. Iwata, for everything.

    Posted by ☆Nafadlez☆ on 14 July 2015 at 19:40 GMT

  3. Truly is a sad loss going forward RIP Mr Iwata

    Posted by ParasiteNZ on 17 August 2015 at 07:08 GMT

  4. He will be missed.♡

    Posted by Isaiah Aran on 1 November 2015 at 16:28 GMT

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