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.
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