@TriforceBun It would have been nice to have been able to send some flowers or something. But I'm sure his family are made aware of how much praise and love he's been getting on Miiverse and other social media from all over the world.
The Kyoto-based company held two days of funeral services for Mr. Iwata according to Japanese custom. At a temple, people wearing black and carrying umbrellas because of a nearby typhoon lined up to pass his coffin. Some even carried a Nintendo 3DS handheld game machine, which was introduced by Mr. Iwata.
Nintendo said more than 2,600 people attended in the first day, and 1,500 came on the second day.
Chokes me up to see the various Nintendo offices send out thanks to everyone who offered their condolences and support. Still can't believe he's gone.
It may be too early to even be talking about this...but I wonder who will succeed Iwata? I don't know how Japanese businesses treat successors to big corporations when the previous president/CEO/etc. unexpectedly passes away.
@GameDadGrant Maybe we should talk about this in another thread? But I trust Takeda and Miyamoto with the job, anyway. Wouldn't complain if they would share the position permanently, 'cause I'm sure those two share Iwata's visions and have the know-how to work towards making them reality.
I rewatched his GDC speech last night, and it's so crazy how right he was about the direction the industry was heading into. I don't think I agreed with all of his philosophies back then, and it's obvious most publishers didn't either as they recklessly jumped head into HD development. Now it's obvious that he pretty much nailed what those high development costs would ultimately lead to, and it's the shitty game industry we have presently.
I've seen that guy's stuff before. He's a big Daredevil fan (like I am) and we've exchanged messages in the past. I don't really appreciate his delivery method (the f-bombs and crass phrasing, etc), however, I've often found the content of his messages to be spot on.
In the face of your unbelievable passing it will surely take some time before we can emerge from this deep sorrow. Please know, however, that the seeds you have planted, and the plants that have sprouted will put forth small flowers as they bring smiles to the faces of people around the world, blossom into a grand flower bigger than even you, our leader, Iwata-san. Together with Miyamoto and others of our generation, we swear in our hearts that we will continue our efforts so that, someday, we can report and present to you the blossoming of these flowers. May you continuously watch over and guide us managers, our employees and your family.
On behalf of all of us, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences and sincerest prayer. May you rest in peace, Iwata-san.
@r_hjort He was such a good guy, we were all so blessed to have him in our lives, even just as fans, as employees it must be devastating. I've never worked at a company where the big boss is a good person, I bet Japan is like it is in the US and often the most cut-throat people rise to the top, but here he was a humble programmer who worked his ass off and as he rised through the ranks was always compassionate to everyone no matter if they were above or below him in the corporate hierarchy.