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RIP Satoru Iwata (1959-2015)

July 12, 2015 / 8:51 PM

By: Zack O'Neill


On July 11, 2015 legendary game programmer as well as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away from a bile duct growth. It was announced by Nintendo today on July 12, through a pdf on their site and a tweet on their official twitter account. As of now it is uncertain who his successor will be, though the two directors below him, Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda, will temporarily be running Nintendo until the seat is filled.

What many don’t realize about Iwata is that his work spanned from the early years of Nintendo’s work in the game industry up until today. He is partially responsible for the creation of Kirby’s Adventure, Super Smash Bros, and EarthBound, as well as many other games that are completely unrelated to those titles. He oversaw one of the greatest growth periods in Nintendo’s history, having been president of the company since 2002 and seeing the launch of countless incredible games, handhelds, and consoles. His passion for his work was unequaled in the game industry and it is unbearable to know that he will not see the future that he has been creating for Nintendo and its fans.

Mr. Iwata’s legacy is not one that will be forgotten any time soon by Nintendo fans or the gaming industry in general. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Iwata-san.


About the author /

Zack started working at VGTribune at 15 years old and has been gaming since the the age of 2. He is currently in college studying film and technology with plans to continue in the game industry. He’s also really good at Counter Strike.

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