I woke up this morning to some very sad news. Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo, passed away on Sunday.
Mr. Iwata served as Nintendo’s fourth president since it began in 1889. He was the CEO for 15 years. His work on Pokemon Stadium (1999) and the Kirby games at HAL Laboratory acted as a stepping stone for his career in Nintendo. Since then, he has worked on games such The Legend of Zelda (1986 – present), the Super Mario series (1985 – present) and Animal Crossing (2001 – present), while aiding in Nintendo’s consoles.
Mr. Iwata died due to complications of a bile duct tumor. His condition was bought to attention when it was reported that he would not attend 2014’s E3 event due to surgery to remove the said tumor. He was 55 when he died.
Tributes across social media sites have flooded in and Nintendo official’s have sent out their own messages, all of which thank him for his services and the compact he had the gaming industry. His funeral will be held on the 17th. But it doesn’t seem to be all doom and gloom – a rainbow appeared over Nintendo Kyoto’s office today (13th July). Coincidence? I’d like to think not.
As a gamer, I am saddened by the death of Satoru Iwata. His work, talent and passionate involvement with video games has affected every person who has ever played a Nintendo game. I thank Mr. Iwata from the bottom of my heart for everything he has done for us. May his creative soul be happy once more.
Rest in peace, Satoru Iwata. You will always be remembered.