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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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I've been reading all about it and apparently he had cancer and very serious tumor. I had no idea, I knew he wasn't feeling great and had missed some events due to health issues, but I had no idea it was this serious/advanced. I've haven't felt this shocked and sad since Ryan Davis' passing. Iwata is a legend, a giant, and such a sweet, cool guy, he'll be irreplaceable.

@Wellsy529, that quote is perfect.
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.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 17:21:51  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 17:50:19

Yea, that one is just way too tear-jerking. =\

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 17:26:01
Holy goat balls, this sucks.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 17:39:14
I wanted to check in with you guys and see how everyone is doing. I literally shed tears over this last night. Such terrible news.

I've been following Nintendo since the 80s, and I can't think of a darker day for Nintendo than right now. Struggling to carry their flagging Wii U console to a respectable finish and now they are leaderless. This is as low as Nintendo has ever been since they've been making video games. As a lifelong fan, I mourn with them.

Iwata wasn't just a CEO in a suit, he was one of us. He was the chief of the Nintendo tribe. He was passionate and full of vision and optimism and dearly loved by the gaming community. Especially Nintendo fans.

He will be dearly missed, but not ever forgotten.

RIP Iwata-san. Wherever you are, I hope you're smiling.

There are reports there was a rainbow seen over Nintendo's headquarters in Kyoto today.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 18:35:57
Considering that I've never met the man, I'm surprised how hard I'm taking this. As you and others have said, he seemed like such a genuine and likable guy and like someone who was truly one of us. That's something that's very rare in the game industry anymore in the cynical industry of today. I also admire his approach as an executive in tough times taking a huge cut in his personal salary instead of doing what virtually everyone else in his position would've done and making the employees feel the pain.

I read somewhere today that he pulled Earthbound out of dev hell and kept it from being cancelled. For that alone, I owe him. The summer of 95 was a rough one for me and the goofy humor and world of that game helped me get through a very bad and prolonged bout with depression. For that alone I'm extremely grateful to that man. RIP Mr. Iwata. You will be missed.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 19:37:31
I've never played Earthbound or much of Balloon Fight which was also his game I believe. I think I may be making both those purchases here soon.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:09:02
It's pretty affecting seeing all these Nintendo fans getting together and mourning the loss of Mr. Iwata. And I had no idea until yesterday that he was so integral to EarthBound being released; like @DeputyVanHalen, I feel very thankful for that among everything else.

I definitely think some sort of celebratory playthrough is in order for NW. What do you guys think? Maybe Balloon Fight or Kirby's Dream Land? Or EarthBound for something longer.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:12:51

I'm down to play through Earthbound in honor of him.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:18:54
Yeah, Mother 2 was in a bad state when he came in and rewrote the game's code from scratch to make sure the project would be completed. No one asked him to do it either; he volunteered because he wanted to do it, and then worked on the game pretty much non-stop for close to a year. This story alone would be enough for me to bawl my eyes out over Iwata's passing.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:18:54
I was just in the kitchen making lunch, and it just seemed like the right thing to do today.

He will be sorely missed. He's been the face of Nintendo for almost as long as I've been playing their games. A day later, it still feels so hard to accept.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:33:06

That is amazing!

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:35:11
Another testament to the man's awesomeness:

NintendoGal said:
Anyway... my husband was lucky enough to work with him when he was in the RWC office and always had the nicest things to say about him. Well, whenever he was in the office, I'd have him take my 3DS to work to get Mr. Iwata's Mii and StreetPass. For SOME reason, he had all the rare puzzle pieces, who'da thunk it! One time when he was in town, I decided to write a private message to him, just for fun. I never thought he'd ever take the time to write something back.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:59:39  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 20:59:56
I hope he gets his proper shoutouts at Evo 2015 this coming weekend. Apparently, the last game Iwata had a direct hand in coding was Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Iwata: Of course, the company wouldn't run if I didn't do my managerial tasks during the day, so I did them. But I didn't quit writing code.

Kawakami: Ah, so, what was you're last job as an engineer, then?

Iwata: Aaah, I wonder if it's alright to admit this? Well, I guess the proverbial statute of limitations is up, so I'll tell you, but my actual last work on programming happened when I was working as the General Manager of Corporate Planning at Nintendo. Something happened and the Gamecube version of Super Smash Brothers didn't look like it was going to make its release date so I sort of did a code review for it (Wry Laugh).

All: (Laugh Loudly)

Kawakami: No matter how you look at it, that's not the job of the General Manager of Corporate Planning, is it? (Laughs)

Iwata: Yes, it isn't really, is it (wry laugh). At the time, I went to HAL Labs in Yamanashi and was the acting head of debugging. So, I did the code review, fixed some bugs, read the code and fixed more bugs, read the long bug report from Nintendo, figured out where the problem was and got people to fix those...all in all I spent about three weeks like that. And, because of that, the game made it out on time.

Kawakami: So you even did the debugging yourself!

Iwata: And that was the last time that I worked as an engineer 'in the field'. I was right there, sitting by programmers, in the trenches, reading code together, finding the bugs, and fixing them together.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 21:00:00
That is awesome.

Well, I'm very glad that he did.

That is so awesome.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 21:21:58

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 21:33:03  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 21:42:01
Hip Tanaka pays tribute to Iwata-san.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 21:35:33  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 21:50:05

Yeah, this seals Earthbound as one of my Backlaugust games. Maybe I'll cheat and play a bit early if people decide to play through together.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 21:44:21
I didn't write that but the quote is being used a lot like Bungie's twitter account

on Gamenesia

Some art tributes

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:22:03  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:44:38
I saw the video where he said that on Nintendo Life's tribute video. I think it was during one of his GDC keynotes when he said that.

Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:42:10
I woke up this morning an saw the news.....it's now almost 10PM and this entire day has been the most surreal day of my life. I'm here but I'm not. I'm seeing all these posts and tributes to Iwata, but yet I'm still expecting him to host the next Nintendo Direct.

And then I saw this pic, and it hit me like a golden hammer that this great man is no longer with us.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:44:21  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:44:50
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