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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passes away at 55
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July 13, 2015, 02:58:10
Nintendo's President Has Passed Away - a Kotaku Article

Satoru Iwata said:
On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.

Satoru Iwata on Wikipedia
Iwata Asks' Collection
Satoru Iwata's Contributions To Gaming

Cleaned up the post-link and added some more. TriforceBun updated the thread type and thread title. ~ DrFinkelstein

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Posted: 07/13/15, 02:58:10  - Edited by 
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Oh no. :(

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 03:35:44
I remember that. I don't think I know all of this crazy info that people are talking about right now.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 03:36:51
Well, I'm in tears--as far as I'm concerned, this is the saddest "celebrity" death ever. Mr. Iwata did a bang-up job with Nintendo after Yamauchi started losing his touch and @Hero_Of_Hyrule posted a nice list of his many contributions to the gaming world. I'm still kind of in shock about this; E3 and the Directs won't be the same without him, and I hope Nintendo has some sort of ceremonious way to honor the man responsible for a lot of our favorite Nintendo memories.

Poor Mr. Iwata...maybe he's chilling with Gunpei Yokoi in Heaven.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 03:43:52
Yeah, my heart dropped when I read this... I'm not usually affected by most "celebrity" passing, but this guy had more of a direct impact on my life than some actor or what have you. He did a bang up job for the most part, I loved reading his interviews, and I was really hoping he'd be the captain of the Nintendo ship for years to come.

I'm pretty nervous. All it takes is one bad CEO to ruin a company... just look at all the other once great publishers. I hope he had somebody special who shares his philosophy in mind as Yamauchi did when he chose him.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 03:55:15
I'd like to think he's still doing this but replace the banana he's contemplating with the mysteries of the universe.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 03:56:01
I just found out myself. Wow. So sad. Bile Duct Growth. I wonder how much he knew about his condition. We know there have been hints of health issues. My heart goes out to the Nintendo family and especially Mr. Iwata's family. 55 is way too young. Reminds me of my uncle passing last year at around the same age. It's not fair to the ones who love them and really death isn't fair anyway (but yet it is generally?). I dunno… such a sad thing. Rest In Peace sir. You've been responsible for so much happiness in my life. He never even knew. Maybe he suspected but I hope in his last moments he understood that despite anti-Metroid Blast petitions and the fact that the Wii U isn't a success as he's had in the past… I hope he knows that he still brought such pleasure to so many of us; both as a developer and a CEO. What a guy. I will seriously miss him bringing me Nintendo Directs, "directly to you".

I seriously wish I could somehow visit his funeral. Pay my respects.


I think I will too. Change them to Pink and White in honor of Kirby, where Mr. Iwata got his start with HAL.


I'm going to look into beating a bunch of the games he was responsible for or had a strong hand in. I want to celebrate his life through his work!

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:00:56  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:04:50
That is terrible. RIP.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:03:44
Oh no! This is terrible! He will be missed by millions.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:03:55
Oh no :(

I'm so saddened by this. This is just awful.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:04:37
Good idea with the colors. I went with pink & black.

I need to make some sort of fan art/tribute and post it on BitF this week.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:10:36
This is crushing. So so sad. I'll miss him as leader of the gang. He always seemed to have a good sense of everything since he once was a developer himself. I'll miss his Iwata Asks. (cries)

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:11:03  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 18:59:19
I guess he died yesterday, the day of our NW Chicago party where we finally got to play 8 player Smash Bros together. Obviously wasn't planned, but seems like a fitting way to celebrate his life.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:13:08
I don't honestly know how to process this. He held firm on several fronts and always did right by gaming and gamers as far as I can tell. I hate to say, but this makes me terribly nervous for Nintendo going forward. They are at such a critical juncture.

God Bless all his friends and family that are affected by this.

You will be sorely missed.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:14:55
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer” - Satoru Iwata

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:17:07
A great article written in 2012 by Lucas Thomas (who's now the editor-in-chief of NF Magazine) that sums up just a few of Iwata's accomplishments.

Hope you guys don't mind, but I tweaked the title of the thread and made it News to give it a bit more of an official vibe.

Hinph said:
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer” - Satoru Iwata
Lovely quote.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:21:05  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:22:20
I really wanted to see him deliver his vision for NX and show it to us personally. I wanted him around for a very long time. He seemed so sweet and endearing, he's irreplaceable.

Nintendo will be a little different from here on out...

He's gone way too soon :'(

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:29:29
RIP Mr. Iwata.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:31:24

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:34:46
Oh geez man, why you gotta do this to me...

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:35:22  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:35:36
A great loss to be sure, 55 is way to young. RIP Mr. Iwata.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:45:54
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