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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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This is such incredibly sad news, he's been taken far, far too early. Like others, I knew he had been dealing with an illness, but had no idea how serious it was. The Directs and Iwata Asks have made me feel like I've lost someone I knew well. His warmth, wisdom and humor always shone through in whatever he was involved in. I hope in my work I'm able to capture at least some of what I've learned from him.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:45:23
I wasn;t getting emotional until I started seeing all the fan art and reading developers and gamers opinions on him. I just lost my dad a couple months ago but this is start to wreck me too


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:46:51
I really think both of these pictures are really beautiful and touching. July 11th was a horrible day in my life. My mom passed away of a brain aneurysm, she was 68 years. Other than my sons, she was the most impprtant person in my life. There are so many things I owe her thanks, she was one of the best moms anyone could have hope for. She worked up until the day she passed away. Her business was watching kids, she ran a day care service out of her home. Those kids meant the world to her and she meant the world to them and their parents. Just to show how close these kids are to her, Jeremiah, who is only around three, maybe close to four, said he wants his blanket and pillow that she gave him for naptime, so he could remember her. My brother and I told his mom, we would make sure she could pick them up at some point.

my moms facebook page


It was probably around twelve hours after my mom passed that I received news of Iwata's passing. I am really touched by both of these pictures. They sum it all up perfectly. RIP Mom and Mr. Iwata, neither of you will be forgotten, you both touched many people's lives in different ways.
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Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:51:04  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:13:34
This is sad news. He will be missed.

Mr. Iwata, you may go *directly* to Heaven.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:51:06
@gamewizard65
I'm sorry to hear about your mom. That's terrible.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:53:26
@gamewizard65 sorry for your loss man


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 22:57:20
NeoGAF has a collection of tributes to Mr. Iwata.

@gamewizard65

Sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:15:32
ken it was. One minute, everything is fine, normal. The next minute, well you know. My mom had alot of health problems, but she was strong and we thought she had many more years. I guarantee she worked harder than I ever had, even at her age when she passed. Though, I'm also glad she went without suffering, yes she was in pain everyday, she needed knee replacements, she had emphysema, copd, asthma, due to her cigarette smoking, which she continued up until the end. At least she was never bedridden, she was painting her kitchen cabinets when she passed, she was in the middle of remodeling the kitchen.

Here is her facebook page. If anyone cares to read all the kind words from the people she knew, babysat for, go ahead, be my guest. There are pictures of her, one of her and my dad(he passed last march,20, 2014), and pictures of the kids she was currently watching and some of the parents.

my moms facebook page

edit: Sorry if anyone is offended that I put this bit of info in this thread. I know its about Iwata's passing. I really wasn't even going to make a post about my mom's passing, especially a separate thread. I try not to post too much personal stuff. I just figured I would share. I just was really taken back when I found out Iwata died the same day as my mom.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:21:25  - Edited by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:40:36
@gamewizard65
Very sorry to hear that :(


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:24:06
Oh gosh, this seems very much out of left field. Horrible news.

@gamewizard65

Sorry to hear that, man.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:36:03
I'm not a guy who cries easily, but man, some of these tributes are doing a number on me.







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 on: 07/13/15, 23:39:09




Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:46:23
@VofEscaflowne
Well now that's just adorable.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:53:04
Rest in peace Mr. Iwata. He was a gentleman and his vision for Nintendo brought me back into the fold when my interest was waning around the end of the Gamecube era.


Posted by 
 on: 07/13/15, 23:59:20
@gamewizard65My condolences. I'm very sorry for your loss.


I'll end this horrible day with my usual pro-Iwata gifs.



Goodnight, sweet prince.


Posted by 
 on: 07/14/15, 00:24:43
The outpouring of condolences, respect, and general pleasant behavior over his death really makes me feel better about the gaming community as a whole, especially after a lot of the nastiness in recent years. Mean-spirited comments and trolling behavior seems to be down to a minimum and is being responded to with the appropriate disgust and derision.


Posted by 
 on: 07/14/15, 00:51:42
@Hinph

It reminds me of a joke from The Office where Pam asks people not to say inappropriate things because her mom is coming to visit and Toby says "Basic rule of thumb, let's just act everyday like Pam's mom is coming in." It would be nice if the same principle applied here.


Posted by 
 on: 07/14/15, 01:34:59
@Jargon
It would seem an appropriate way to honor a man that truly wanted this hobby to be more inclusive, by just generally not being assholes to each other about it. This place is far better than most in that regard at least. I made the mistake of scrolling down to the comments on the video Wellsy posted and that was enough to give me my "I hate people" moment for the day.


Posted by 
 on: 07/14/15, 01:38:30
kriswright said:
Good Lord this is tragic. I didn't even realize the man had been ill at all.

So many of my greatest gaming experiences are directly a result of decisions made by Mr. Iwata. He'll be sorely missed...

You know, we don't have to talk in that formal way. Iwata was like a member of the family around here. You guys all know how horrible this is for me because it's just as horrible for you.

This sucks. The dude was only 55, for goodness sake!

Same thoughts exactly....just found out on the local CDN news this evening. Totally shocked...


Posted by 
 on: 07/14/15, 01:41:39
@Jargon
if anyone remembers how so many people came together after 9/11 and people you thought were jerks started being nice to everyone....it sucks that big losses have to been done to get people to be that way. It eventually went back to how it was


Posted by 
 on: 07/14/15, 02:18:27
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