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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away At Age 55

It is a sad news indeed that Satoru Iwata passed away at the age of 55 last July 11, 2015.  Nintendo had issued an official statement that Iwata had already died.  Prior to his death, he had suffered from a bile duct tumor which started out last year, which caused him to miss the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 (Source:  

Taking a look back, Iwata began his work in HAL Laboratories during the 1980s where he aided in the creation of Kirby and Earthbound.  He was later promoted to become Nintendo's director in the year 2000 and two years later, he became the president of Nintendo.  In short, he had been president of Nintendo for 13 years.  He was also the first president outside the Yamauchi family.

His quote was, "Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone!"

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3 Responses
  1. His quote supposed to be like this :
    "On my business card, I'm a corporate president. In my mind, I'm a game developer. But in my heart, I'm a gamer."

  2. Anonymous Says:

    His quote is so true! This is truly a terrible loss...

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Truly sad news. Iwata was responsible for saving Earthbound, one of my favorite games, from not being done on time. He also found room to add the whole Kanto region in Pokemon Gold/Silver and ported battle logic for Pokemon Stadium without any reference documents. The man was a programming genius, but also a great president. He cut his own pay in order to avoid firing anyone because he believes that it would be bad for morale in the company.

    He was very unique and if you watch e3 videos with Miyamoto and Reggie, you can tell he has fun with the company! Nintendo has lost a great man, but he will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Mr. Iwata. - Buy Video Games for Consoles and PC - From Japan, Korea and other Regions
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