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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 
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@r_hjort
Gloomy picture. Sad to think about his wake going on now and his funeral tomorrow. I wonder if they'll have some sort of offering from the fans to give to Iwata's family.


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 00:39:52
@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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 11:16:25
Glad to see our dear banana man got a worthy farewell.

WSJ said:
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.




Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 14:40:18
@r_hjort

Gotta be the best funeral for Streetpasses ever.


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 15:07:38
@r_hjort
I can't handle the "di-rectly" double karate-chop move yet, it's too soon. I'm sure if I watched one of those old directs right now I'd just start bawling.


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 15:19:50
These are really nice tributes.





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 on: 07/17/15, 17:01:28


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 on: 07/17/15, 18:03:53
@Jargon

Hiiiiiiiiilarious. And on the right side of good taste. =)

@deathly_hallows

*hug*

@Abdooooo

love that SMB3 style image!

@GameDadGrant

Bosman is the best. I'll watch that video soon! Thanks for linking it!


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 18:32:57
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.

For now, CNN has confirmed that Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto are basically running things at the moment.

@NinSage

Word.


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 19:57:12
@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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 20:04:15
Here's another....uh, "nice" video about Iwata's passing. It honestly is a good video IMO. But...just be warned. This is *completely* NSFW! F-BOMBS galore. But I love the message.



@r_hjort

Yeah, I'm cool with talking about it someplace else. Wasn't sure where (or even if) I should bring it up.


Posted by 
 on: 07/17/15, 20:11:14
Just ordered an Iwata tribute shirt, with proceeds benefiting Child's Play and cancer research.



http://teespring.com/thank-you-iwata#pid=6&cid=652&sid=front


Posted by 
 on: 07/18/15, 01:12:15
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.


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 on: 07/18/15, 02:07:17
@GameDadGrant
Never thought Bosman would make me cry.


Posted by 
 on: 07/18/15, 04:07:35
@Hinph

Yes, I agree wholeheartedly! Its a shame there arent more that have his vision.


Posted by 
 on: 07/18/15, 05:19:47
@GameDadGrant

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.


Posted by 
 on: 07/18/15, 07:19:13
Nintendo has released Genyo Takeda's eulogy. Click here for the whole thing.

Takeda said:
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.


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 on: 07/18/15, 11:47:09
@r_hjort

That's brilliantly beautiful and I'm instantly much less nervous about Nintendo's future. It's so encouraging his vision for the company runs deep through the employees.


Posted by 
 on: 07/18/15, 14:09:46
@Koovaps
It is. I got choked up reading it, especially the part about communication transcending generational and cultural gaps. Iwata-san was a progressive man in many ways.


Posted by 
 on: 07/18/15, 15:14:08
@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.


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 on: 07/18/15, 16:11:39
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