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.
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.
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 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.