Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Has Passed Away

Unfortunately Satoru Iwata, a beloved figure in the gaming industry and Nintendo President, has died due to a bile duct growth. His health had been a concern for awhile and he finally succumbed to cancer. He was at the helm of Nintendo through the success of both the Nintendo DS and 3DS as well as the struggles of the GameCube and Wii U.

His fun Nintendo Direct presentations will be sorely missed and Nintendo won’t be the same without him. Rest in Peace.

Let’s use the comments on this article to celebrate his life. Please share your favorite memory about him or developments made at Nintendo under his leadership.

<3 PJ

  1. My greatest memory of Iwata was last years nintendo direct at e3. Watching him start a full on fist fight with reggie was mind blowing and an unforgattable start to their best direct to date.

  2. What wasn’t great with Iwata in it?
    Everything he did was so memorable.
    He single-handedly brought many games and franchises into existance that continue to thrive today.


  3. “Please understand”

    In all seriousness, he will be missed. Whoever is next has big shoes to fill.

  4. This man gave us so many great gaming experiences over the past few years. I was so shocked to see this and I feel really sad. This one really hit a bit close to home. He will be missed. Truly a great man. R.I.P Iwata.

  5. i want ask PJ to post this is least respect we can give it to him thank u Iwata the Nentindo future will confuse after u .

  6. *sigh* I feel bad…..Dying from a bile duct tumor is terrible……… I can’t help but feel his parting will change Nintendo…….I kind of wish I didn’t feel this way, but him not being in charge of Nintendo might b a good thing from an industry standpoint……even still I wish he left Nintendo of his own free will rather than feeling the touch of the cold hand of death…..He will b missed no matter what…..

  7. I am just deep in sorrowful mourning, he will truly be missed, his works will never be forgotten

  8. Guys spread the word: Honor his legacy by playing his creations with your friends and cherished ones

  9. It’s been a hard day. However, I’ll also be taking my driving permit test in a couple hours so it could turn around.

  10. I don’t think my eyes have ever been more dry. Today has been so hard to get through, but I did end up drawing this.

    Thank you, Mr. Iwata.

  11. “When I’m parting with a friend, regardless of the circumstances, I find it best to just say, “See you later.” We’ll meet again. After all, we’re friends.

    That’s right—nothing unusual about it. I’ll see you later.

    You went on a trip far, far away, even though it was planned for many years from now. You wore your best outfit and said “Sorry for the short notice,” though you didn’t say it out loud.

    You always put yourself last, after you’d finished helping everyone else. You were so generous as a friend that this trip might be your very first selfish act.

    I still can’t grasp what’s happened. It feels like I could still get a light-hearted e-mail asking me out to lunch at any moment—after you’ve made sure lunch wouldn’t disrupt my schedule, of course.

    You can invite me out whenever you want. I’ll invite you, too.

    So for now, let’s plan on meeting again. You can call me up whenever you like, and I’ll give you a call, too. I still have a lot to talk to you about, and if I come up with any particularly good ideas, I’ll let you know.

    So let’s meet again.

    No–I suppose we’re already meeting. Right here, right now.”

    -Shigesato Itoi

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