Today is a sad day for gamers everywhere as Nintendo released a short statement announcing that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away at age 55.
Nintendo’s statement reads:
Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.
Mr. Iwata started off in the video games industry at HAL Laboratory in the 1980’s and worked on such great titles as Kirby and Earthbound and after being promoted to president in 1993, he was able to help turn the company around and stabalise its finances.
He also made one of my favourite games what it is today; Pokémon Gold and Silver was only going to include the Johto region but Iwata compressed the entire game down enough to fit the previous Kanto region in as well.
He joined Nintendo in 2000 and became president in 2002 with previous president Hiroshi Yamauchi’s blessing, and helped bring forth huge success for Nintendo in the DS and Wii as well as the crunch from the GameCube and WiiU.
Mr. Iwata was absent from E3 2014 due to his poor health and it was later revealed that he underwent surgery to remove the tumor in his bile duct.
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.” – Satoru Iwata
From all of us here at OK Games, Rest in Peace Mr. Iwata. You brought so much happiness to a lot of people.