Satoru Iwata, the President of Nintendo since 2002, programmer, and gaming icon has passed away on July 11, 2015 at the young age of 55. No one could have predicted it, and it was a shock to everyone.
Nintendo released an official statement, saying, “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth”.
The growth can be traced back a few years ago, when Mr. Iwata first announced that he was battling it. It was the reason he was absent from last year’s E3 presentation.
Mr. Iwata, who started as a programmer for Hal Laboratory in the 1980’s, became director of the company back in 2000, and not too long after that, became the President of Nintendo in 2002.
Mr. Iwata was known in the company, and all over the gaming industry, for encouraging unique and creative ideas in games. He once stated that, “If we continue down the same path as we have in the past, people may become tired of gaming.” He believed that new ideas were the only way to keep gaming alive. Iwata also reminded players that, “Above all, video games are meant to be just one thing: Fun for everyone.”
I, for one, would not want Nintendo to stray from that path. R.I.P, Iwata-san, and thank you for the great memories.