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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


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Posted: 07/13/15, 02:58:10  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 04:58:30    
 
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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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 06:58:16
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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 07:28:09
@nate38

Just posted to Miiverse:



Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 08:12:09
This is a damn tragedy.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 08:33:01
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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 09:27:50
I'm still tearing up from the pics and such, and I'm not much of a cryer. My friend was just laughing at me on the phone because she finds it amusing that this is what it takes...


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 09:31:31  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 09:33:50
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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 10:07:51
The Nintendo HQ had flew its flag at half-mast today.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 10:30:44  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 10:31:31


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 10:47:24
I woke up to this news and thought it was some sick joke at first. I'm absolutely heartbroken. Gone way too soon.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 10:57:59
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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 12:04:57  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 12:27:04


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 12:27:30
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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 14:19:11  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 14:27:40
@warerare

I think that's what Iwata-san would want.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 14:38:18
I was doing okay until this came up on my Twitter feed.





Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 14:44:15
Reading about Iwata's accomplishments, I think he's pretty safely on Nintendo's Mount Rushmore along with Miyamoto, Yamauchi, and Gunpei Yokoi.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 14:57:30
@Jargon
No question. Sad to think that Miyamoto is the only one of those still left. Yokoi and Iwata were taken way too soon.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 15:09:36  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 15:14:18
Shigesato Itoi writes beautifully as always.

Itoi-san said:
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.


We'll meet again.


Then again, you're here with me now.



Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 15:33:30
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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 15:56:03
Such a sad day, I'm feeling it way more than I would have thought. I didn't know what to do so I bought a Kirby game.

He will be missed.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 15:56:52
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