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President Satoru Iwata Dies After 35 Years With Nintendo of Japan

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away on June 11th, 2015 at the age of 55.

Nintendo fans meet with incredibly somber news today. Nintendo of Japan issued a short statement moments ago regarding Nintendo's beloved Satoru Iwata.

The statement reads:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on June 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Regrettably this news is not entirely surprising. In fact, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata was forced to skip E3 2014 due to poor health, and later underwent surgery to remove prior bile duct growth.

President Satoru Iwata helped bring us Earthbound, and stood at the helm of the past 3 generations of Nintendo consoles.

Satoru Iwata has made many great contributions to Nintendo since he joined the company 35 years ago. In his early years of developing games, he helped develop some of the classics Nintendo fans love enjoying today, such as Mother 2 — which later became Earthbound with the Western port.

Of course, let's not forget his successes with Kirby and Animal Crossing!

President Iwata has pioneered the way through 3 stunning generations of Nintendo consoles, and he will be sorely missed.

Published Jul. 12th 2015
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    It's not just Nintendo fans who are sad, I haven't bought many Nintendo games, simply because I didn't grow up playing Nintendo. But they have always been a company with a lot of integrity, even if Nintendo sometimes don't understand the internet. But Iwata defined what Nintendo stood for. He preferred to take a massive pay cut than lay people off, and that is rare in any company.
    #RIPIwata
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    I will always remember Iwata as a hero! I grew up on Nintendo, without hearing much about everything that goes on behind the scenes. Knowing he was the one who made many of my favorite games what they are today fills me with joy. I will never stop playing Iwata's games for as long as I live. I sincerely hope more game developers stride to love their games like he did. #LongLiveIwata
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    And strive to have his integrity, and selflessness. We need more CEOs like him full stop!
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    There aren't many CEO's in gaming with his level of love for gaming. He cut his own salary by 50% for the poor sales of the Wii U. Mad respect for him.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Yer, he preferred not having as much money, than laying people off. A great man!
  • WesleyG
    Columnist
    Iwata seemed like such a kind and gentle man. It was always a pleasure watching him in a Nintendo Direct or reading his incredibly charming interviews in Iwata Asks. Nintendo won't be the same without him. I'm really going to miss him.

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