Agreed. It really stings thinking this guy's last few weeks on Earth might have been spent unhappily due to the cruel things people say on the internet. I guess we just have to hope he doesn't pay attention to that sort of thing? But, I think most people in the public eye make themselves aware of the buzz about them - even though none of them admit to it. I mean, come on, wouldn't you?
Well didn't he make a statement apologizing for the way E3 turned out? Or was that a mistake in the translation... but either way, I'm sure he was aware of the general dislike towards the event which is really saddening. It sucks to think about how much praise and love he gets after passing away. One small fumble in the grand scheme of things does not discredit his entire history but people are so harsh sometimes. I would hope that wherever he is, he can somehow see how much people enjoyed his works throughout the years and that he knows how much we admired him.
@VofEscaflowne I think it goes without saying that Iwata was a genious. His forward thinking steered Nintendo in the right direction. Sure there have been bumps in the road but ultimately the company is better with him at the helm. Im confident he saw passed those negative comments and kept his focus. If you read his Iwata Asks about the Wii he had to repeatedly explain and convince more and more people within the company about their new direction. He said it was like a matra that was repeated. He had incredible focus.
Let's not forget that, despite the complaints about E3, there were also people celebrating Nintendo at the same time, and I'm sure Iwata was aware of that too. The fan reaction to the release of Earthbound Beginnings, and the almost overwhelming welcome Splatoon got must have made Iwata felt quite good about Nintendo's place in the hearts of fans, both present and future.
@VofEscaflowne Yes. That apology was his last statement to the fans, which sucks.
I admit that I was disappointed too, but not enough to flood the company with complaints over it. They still showed quite a bit of stuff that I want to play. I think a lot of people were hoping for the wish-fulfillment "fan fiction" show like Sony had.
It was a shitty E3, but it's not like it was the first time since he was president. Shitty E3s happen to every company. It wasn't his first rodeo, he knew how fans tend to act when they are disappointed, and I have to imagine he didn't take things all too personally.
I don't think anyone needs to worry or feel bad, thinking that Iwata was feeling bad, depressed, ect. because of those being vocal about the way Nintendo was represented at E3, their dislike of the new Metroid game, ect. Iwata was a very intelligent individual, deep down he just wanted people to be happy and enjoy videogames. I'm sure he understood people's frustrations and why they complained. Plus, with his health issues, we have no idea how much he actually heard or read. I'm sure he knew, but at the same time, his health problems were center stage, just depends on how bad his health was around the time of E3.
No one should feel guilty, unless they was just being negative, just to be a dickhead or something. I mean if people were being honest about how unhappy they felt about the Metroid game and E3 overall, then they had a right to sound off. I'm sure if people really knew how bad off Iwata was, then they might not have been so negative, but it seems Nintendo was doing a pretty good job keeping a tight lid on Iwata's health. Sure, we knew about his health issues last year, the surgery he had, ect. I know, myself, I had no idea that he was dealing with liver cancer & how really serious this situation was, I just remember reading about him having a tumor or growth being removed from his bile duct. I had no idea what that actually was, until I researched it the other night.
I do remember commenting to my son last Nov. or Dec., when there was a Nintendo Direct and it was the first time I'd seen Iwata in many months, I commented on how thin he looked and he appeared to look older as well and that he must have had a hard time recovering, ect.
I will admit that I really have not played many of the games he was directly involved in developing, even though I do have some of them, like Earthbound, I bought thru the eshop. I think I will make it a priority to play a few of those games from my backlog. I hope that Nintendo and whoever they eventually pick to lead the company, will keep Iwata's vision for the future alive. I've read and heard that many of the people who are now on Nintendo's board of directors, ect was hand picked by Iwata over the past 5-10 years, so I think whatever Iwata had envisioned for the future, will be kept alive.
As Reggie pointed out at the time, Mr Iwata didn't issue an apology about E3. He just reiterated that Nintendo listens to the fans opinions and reactions carefully and takes them into consideration. No-one should feel bad that he would have been personally affected by the reaction to the Digital Event.
What's more sad is that he won't get to present the NX and his QOL hardware to us that he's been cooking up for so long.
Yeah it may be a slippery slope to navigate but I hope Nintendo finds a way somehow to publically honor Iwata continuing on. When NX is revealed I hope they at least mention briefly how it's sort of his vision that he believed in. The future of the company the way he saw it. I dunno. something like that.
I say it's a slippery slope because it may come off as using his name or somehow coming off as tacky but I think if done sincerely it could do good. And maybe they'd see using his name like that after he's passed and in a business manner as disrespectful?
I really wonder how they'll "treat" Iwata from now on. It'd be a shame if they never really brought him up again. His name clearly commands a lot of respect in retrospect, again I just don't know if using that comes off as cheap and disrespectful.
How did apple treat Steve Jobs publically after he was gone? I really don't remember.
Another day passes - and I'm still shocked at how hard I'm taking this - A public figure whom I've never met - I think those Nintendo Directs really made me connect to him. He was a leader for gamers - Nintendo style, and I miss him.
The unboxing video was neat - Funny how he was making appologies for fumbling it up a bit. Reading other stories about just how nice this guy really was to perfect strangers sums up what I thought of this man. The rainbow forming above the big N headquarters - dubbed "Iwatas Rainbow Road" from other mourners is very fitting.
TBuns Art tribute is on my desktop at work - my co-workers, who are not gamers at all, asked about it and I had to explain who this man was and that gamers were really taking it hard. Something they will never understand - but I don't care.
@carlosrox Iwata was heavily involved with Nintendo development since the 80's, but he took over as president in 2002, so he headed much of the GCN days as well as Wii and Wii U. He was also responsible for better third-party relations during the GCN era, leading to stuff like the Capcom Four.
@GameDadGrant I remember that from back when, love Iwata's little gag, making fun of himself and his position. Tanabe and someone else recorded messages too, right? But yeah, Iwata was truly one of 'us', and having him in such a high-up position made the Nintendo community feel both larger and smaller, in a way. He expanded the audience and brought in more new blood to keep us company, but the company attitude also became much more familiar and intimate over the years, bringing the whole community closer together than it had been before, which sadly is at its most evident right now, when he's left us all mourning his death together.