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Posted by patrickklepek (6420 posts) -

We now know the reason Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wasn't at E3 earlier this month. A growth was found in the executive's bile duct, and surgery was performed last week.

Iwata disclosed the additional medical information on the company's website today.

Besides missing E3, Iwata will also skip this month's annual shareholders meeting to focus on recovering from his surgery. Iwata said he does not expect additional medical complications from the discovered growth.

Here's Iwata's full statement:

"Thank you very much for your continued extraordinary support of us. I am Satoru Iwata, President of the company.

Today, there is one thing that I would like to share with you.

Recently, as the result of one of my routine physical examinations, an issue was detected. Following a more detailed examination, a growth was found in my bile duct.

In general, it is said that a bile duct growth can be difficult-to-treat, partly because of the difficulty of detecting it early. In my case, luckily, it was detected very early and I had no symptoms.

I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option. Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well, as predicted.

I have already resumed my business by email and by other means, but it is anticipated that a little more time is needed for me to return to my regular work schedule.

As a result, I have no choice but to miss the company’s very important activity, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held this month. As the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting. However, I understand that I have to prioritize my medical treatment and to recover as soon as possible so that I will again be able to do my best to help the company to grow. I hope that you understand."

Feel better, Iwata.

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

I don't know. This feels more like celebrity gossip than it does news that impacts the gaming community.

#3 Edited by HammondofTexas (1158 posts) -

Reggie actually beat the crap out of him and he's mending his wounds.

#4 Posted by patrickklepek (6420 posts) -

I don't know. This feels more like celebrity gossip than it does news that impacts the gaming community.

It's not like we're publishing photos of Steve Jobs outside of a Starbucks. This is a public statement from the head of one of gaming's most important video game companies. Feels pretty important to me.

#5 Posted by mrsmiley (1254 posts) -

Public figures are public figures, and thus always the subject of gossip. I'm sure he presented this information so people wouldn't start gossiping about him when he didn't show up at various events. Glad he caught this early!

#6 Posted by ChrisTaran (1813 posts) -

Hope all is well with him and he makes a speedy recovery now!

#7 Posted by Nightriff (6472 posts) -

Wish him a fast and speedy recovery.

#8 Edited by LameImpala (77 posts) -

Love that he managed to squeeze in a good ol' "please understand" at the end. Glad he's alright.

#9 Edited by Brodehouse (10650 posts) -

Good, I guess?

#10 Edited by Seeric (206 posts) -
@video_game_king said:

I don't know. This feels more like celebrity gossip than it does news that impacts the gaming community.

I think there are two big differences here to keep in mind. The first difference is that this article is referencing a public notice posted by Iwata himself, making this significantly different from standard 'celebrity stalking' practices. Secondly, Iwata's a major figure in gaming and him largely missing E3 due to medical complications was a pretty big thing which many people in the gaming community would have wanted an update on if one materialized (which it has); the head of Nintendo missing the shareholders meeting is also definitely something which is going to 'impact the gaming community' in some way, especially since Nintendo's financial sales have been iffy as of late and how Iwata planned to reassure stockholders this year has been a question which has been brought up here and there.

#11 Posted by TimesHero (877 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

I don't know. This feels more like celebrity gossip than it does news that impacts the gaming community.

It's not like we're publishing photos of Steve Jobs outside of a Starbucks. This is a public statement from the head of one of gaming's most important video game companies. Feels pretty important to me.

I concur.

#12 Edited by TrafalgarLaw (1715 posts) -

whoa...he dodged a bullet there if it was (pre)malign bile duct cancer...you could not get any luckier with a very lethal cancer like that by very early detection like this.

#13 Posted by whitegreyblack (824 posts) -

I don't know. This feels more like celebrity gossip than it does news that impacts the gaming community.

Being able to explain a very worthwhile reason for the President of Nintendo missing one of their most important annual events seems pretty news-worthy.

If Patrick posted a story entitled "Exclusive: PHOTOS of Iwata's surgery - is it a Sex-Change?! The Five Important Things You Need to Know", I'd be right there with you on this one. However, that's not the case.

#14 Edited by JackSukeru (6146 posts) -

We are going to need a little more time before the president of Nintendo is ready, please look forward to it!

I'm glad that he's ok, it's got to be a lot of pressure to work in the position he does, so I hope that he is afforded enough time to properly recover.

#15 Posted by Fitzgerald (385 posts) -

I think the growth on his bile duct was Wii Music.

#17 Posted by mangopup (98 posts) -

@sethphotopoulos said:

Not sure he had to tell everyone the specifics but feel better.

I think if TotalBiscuit having colon cancer is any indication, we shouldn't be grossed out or consider it taboo to talk about or bring awareness to parts of our body that do dirty jobs.

#18 Posted by bonzaiimonkey (42 posts) -

I think the growth on his bile duct was Wii Music.

Classy

#19 Posted by MattyFTM (14635 posts) -

I like to imagine Iwata demanding that they use the Wii Vitality Sensor instead of a normal Cardiac Monitor for the operation.

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#20 Posted by DeF (5230 posts) -

Not sure he had to tell everyone the specifics but feel better.

It's a statement mainly meant to explain to the shareholders why he will not be attending the annual meeting. They would want to know he's not just sitting at home with the sniffles gobbling down chicken soup.

#21 Posted by Aviar (495 posts) -

Nintendo is a publicly traded company, so this is real news. Unlike the tabloids that talk trash. Considering the shareholder meeting coming up, he almost has to make a statement like this even though he does have privacy rights, it's still the right thing to do so rumors don't run rampant and start affecting the companies stock price.

#22 Posted by csl316 (11098 posts) -

Glad they got it early.

#23 Edited by Dezinus (457 posts) -

Aw, Iwata. I can't hate you.

#24 Edited by Food (390 posts) -

Man, I didn't even know bile had ducts...

#25 Posted by darthslughorn (84 posts) -

If only this article's headline was "Here's Why Nintendo's Head Wasn't at E3" and sub "You're Not Going to Believe This." Then Giant Bomb would have made it.

#26 Edited by TruthTellah (9654 posts) -

This is how I imagine the surgery went...

The growth on the ultrasound never had a chance!

Get well soon, Iwata! :)

#27 Posted by ripelivejam (6465 posts) -

bile ducks sounds a little more appealing (ok not really)

get well soon iwata

#28 Posted by crusader8463 (14755 posts) -

Wish him the best of luck.

#29 Posted by spraynardtatum (4068 posts) -

Iwata is king!!!!

#30 Edited by Stimpack (964 posts) -

I don't understand how people around here can be so callous. Good grief. I hope Iwata gets well soon, people were wondering what was going on and I'm glad he was open about it.

#31 Posted by Dan_CiTi (3979 posts) -

Good luck Iwata!

#32 Posted by VierasTalo (1101 posts) -

It's kind of super cool that they come out with this information on their own.

Also glad the man is in good health.

#33 Posted by StriderNo9 (1278 posts) -

The news piece is relevant to gamers. And as a human I'm hoping for the best for him and his family.

#34 Posted by Snail (8776 posts) -

I hope he has a speedy and full recovery.

#35 Posted by dudeglove (9457 posts) -

So what I gleamed from their E3 vid is that Iwata is basically E. Honda, right?

#36 Posted by Mr_Creeper (1738 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

I don't know. This feels more like celebrity gossip than it does news that impacts the gaming community.

It's not like we're publishing photos of Steve Jobs outside of a Starbucks. This is a public statement from the head of one of gaming's most important video game companies. Feels pretty important to me.

I'd be okay with you guys "publishing photos of Steve Jobs outside of a Starbucks." Maybe it'd lead us to TuPac and Biggie's location.

#37 Posted by KaneRobot (2224 posts) -

I don't know. This feels more like celebrity gossip than it does news that impacts the gaming community.

I don't think it's that severe, although it is a little jarring to see something like this on the site. It may have happened before but I don't recall seeing health updates on industry figures in the news here before.

#38 Posted by RenegadeSaint (1630 posts) -

Wow, I'd be interested to hear the pathology results. I sincerely hope it is benign because gallbladder and biliary tree cancers are extremely mortal.

#39 Edited by Brackynews (4247 posts) -

@sethphotopoulos said:

Not sure he had to tell everyone the specifics but feel better.

Shareholders care very much about how healthy CEOs are. It's not for us. If he didn't have to miss the annual meeting it would probably have been a footnote during the call.

@mr_creeper: Figures this community wouldn't make an Elvis reference. ;)

#40 Posted by paulunga (2432 posts) -

New Trauma Center confirmed!

#41 Posted by Fattony12000 (7968 posts) -
#42 Posted by Kaigan (303 posts) -

Iwata's bile duct? You mean his production pipeline?

Boom!

#43 Posted by StriderNo9 (1278 posts) -

I'm all for inappropriate jokes, but the guy could be dying.

#44 Posted by AMyggen (5054 posts) -

Sucks to hear, hope he recovers from this.

#45 Posted by ThatOneDudeNick (980 posts) -

I don't know what that means, but it sounds horrible. Hope he gets better.

#46 Posted by Naoiko (706 posts) -

Oh goodness! I'm glad they found it early. Praying for a speedy recovery for him.

#47 Posted by Wicked_Wumpus (201 posts) -

I'm pleased to see that there's a fairly low number of comments blaming Patrick for stupid clickbait articles that "aren't relevant to games". Good work guys, I think we're starting to grow up a bit.

Get well soon Iwata!

#49 Posted by zedman (130 posts) -

よく、すぐ岩田聡取得

#50 Posted by InternetFamous (85 posts) -

@wicked_wumpus: Well, it IS legitimate news about the head of the most storied video game company of all time. Moreover, it's an official statement, not just some rumor. It would be silly not to report it.