It's all over the Miiverse in Splatoon. Really really sad. What a creative man. There was something about him and others at Nintendo that you feel like they never let being an adult get in the way of playing and having fun. He's really going to be missed. Man.
This is really horrible news. I was watching a TV show when I decided to check my Facebook and saw the Kotaku post. I searched Google and no one else had broken it so I thought they might be misinformed. Then, it started breaking everywhere, and I knew it was true.
Iwata passing is so personal, not like a celebrity death at all. He wasn't just someone who entertained us or who was a common talking point, he was more like the beloved chief of our tribe. Willingly or not, I'm part of a group of people that is tied to the gaming industry, sometimes by playing games, sometimes by writing about them, and sometimes by working directly on them; Iwata was among the few who were truly the wisest of this group, who directly made decisions about the direction of the industry as a whole. It's like he was our pope, at least speaking for myself.
The more this sinks in the more sad, yet proud it makes me.
What an amazing talent. A real legend. He achieved so, so much.
I cannot stress how irreplaceable this man is. I really hope Nintendo does something...somehow to honor him. I really hope the NX has the Iwata stamp on it somehow (not literally...). I really would like to know I'm enjoying the man's final work.
He's been the face of Nintendo for many years now, and before then I don't think they really had a face, minus Miyamoto's. Iwata's reign was amazing. Look how far Nintendo has come since the Gamecube days.
I hear there are several tributes online from GX, AlphaOmegaSin, etc, etc. Geoff Keighley tweeted about being heart broken too. And apparently the news is "trending" on twitter. I think it's great to see so much love pouring in from everywhere.
The outpouring of love and appreciation really makes this a sad, yet happy and proud moment at the same time.
I'm really gonna miss this guy. Class act all the way.
My heart is hurting. I'm in total shock right now. The loss the world of gaming has suffered can not be overstated. May his family and friends get through this alright.
Rest in peace, Iwata-san. Thank you so much for everything.
EDIT: I guess I can't hide just how much the man's work meant to me and how badly I'm reacting to these news, 'cause now the dog I'm dog sitting came up to me to check if I'm alright. She's in my lap right now, just whimpering and staring at me.
I woke up in good spirits to feel seconds later like I had been throat punched. This news totally took the wind out of me, he will be missed.
I was gutted this morning and expressed my feelings to the other half and was over heard by my 5 year old. He came over put his hand on my knee and said "Don't worry Dad, we can still play our Nintendo games". That was it for me.
No matter the farewell, I think the most appropriate thing to say is "we"ll meet again." We are friends so we"ll see each other again. There is nothing strange about saying it. Yeah. We'll meet again.
Even if you didn't have the chance to put into words how sudden it was going to be, how far you'd be traveling, or how you went much earlier than expected, I know you went wearing your best.
You always put yourself second to others no matter what, helping anyone who needed it whenever they needed it. You were that kind of friend. Although you may have been a little selfish for the first time ever by taking this journey.
The truth is though that I still don't believe any of it. I feel like I am going to receive a message from you inviting me out to eat at any moment. I wouldn't mind if you were to ask me like always if I had some free time. If you did, I'd ask you as well.
Still, "we'll meet again." It would be great to hear from you whenever and wherever; I'll being calling to you too. I'll call if I have something to discuss or I want to tell you a great new idea I've had.
This is devastating, now that I'm over 40 it's insane to think about how young 55 is, when I saw this posted on Kotuka this morning my brain sorta froze for a minute and I couldn't believe what I was reading, it just doesn't seem real. Rest in peace Iwata-san.