The Nintendo world will never be the same again. As the gaming communities and fans of the Wii and Nintendo gaming universe reel from the shock of his sudden passing at the age of 55, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata leaves behind a rich legacy of innovation in game code and revolutionary gaming consoles.
The sudden death seemed to be the result of a bile duct growth according to a company official statement which said, “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.”
With tributes pouring in from every quarter for a man who described himself ‘as having the brain of a developer and the heart of a gamer,’ it is indeed a sad day for video gamers all over the world. Many took to Twitter and social media platforms to show their sorrow, condolences and sympathy.
Others chose to do it the gamers way with with fan art, swordfighter and banana meme videos and other forms of tribute honouring the beloved president. Others have chosen to honour him through doodles, character status updates etch on Wii games.
Satoru Iwata was a prime example of a rising star – from a programmer in the 1980s to President in 2002 and the CEO of Nintendo America in 2013 – he was responsible for bringing gaming into every household. The Nintendo DS and Wii consoles we know so well were the first ever family games. Iwata himself was always the face that interacted with the gaming communities and even hosted column called ‘Iwata Asks’ on Nintendo’s site where game developers were interviewed about their latest innovations. It was his firm belief in gaming that kept the company going even in the face of rivals like PlayStation and Xbox. He is best known for works like Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon and Kirby.
His last work before leaving the world was to strike a deal with mobile gaming company DeNA which would allow the company to enter the world of mobile gaming on smart devices. With his death, the world has lost not only a dynamic leader but an ardent gamer and influencer in the world of technology and gaming. As Iwata once remarked, “Video games are meant to be just one thing,” he said. “Fun! Fun for everyone.” RIP Satoru Iwata, you will be greatly missed.