R.I.P. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

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Satoru Iwata was known for his humorous appearances in the company's
Satoru Iwata was known for his humorous appearances in the company's "Nintendo Direct" video series.

Moments ago, Nintendo of Japan issued a short notification announcing the death of company president Satoru Iwata. He was 55.

The full text of Nintendo's statement was as follows:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata first started working for Nintendo “second-party” developer HAL Laboratories while he was still in college over 30 years ago. In 2000, he joined Nintendo of Japan as head of corporate planning, and in 2002 Iwata stepped into the role of president.

Throughout his tenure, Iwata worked on a number of innovative games and initiatives for the company, including Kirby's Adventure, Earthbound, the Nintendo DS, and the Wii. Most recently, Iwata oversaw the agreement made with mobile developer DeNA, which will allow the company to bring Nintendo properties to smartphones. Throughout his career, Iwata’s vision for Nintendo was built around the idea that people from various walks of life and across generations could all enjoy games.

Iwata was also well known for his public-facing presidency. He was good humored in the company’s “Nintendo Direct” video series, and in the Q&A series “Iwata Asks,” the president spoke candidly and deeply with game developers.

His trademark candor and humor will be sorely missed.

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#1 Edited by JRM (356 posts) -

Wow, totally shocked. Incredibly sad for his family and the company.

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#2 Posted by hassun (9946 posts) -
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#3 Posted by Haz (420 posts) -

Holy shit. I still can't believe it.

RIP and thoughts to his family and those closest to him at Nintendo.


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#4 Posted by EricNStuff (112 posts) -

Seemingly out of nowhere. RIP

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#6 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (826 posts) -


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#7 Posted by brewster (228 posts) -

RIP Iwata-kun

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#8 Posted by None_Braver (316 posts) -

That sucks. Hopefully, his successor can bring Nintendo back to the forefront.

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#9 Posted by MrVojjin (20 posts) -

Rest in peace Iwata-san. You'll be missed. You wonderful, wonderful goof.

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#10 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (8864 posts) -

What a shame. He seemed like a personable, honest figurehead. We need more like him.

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#11 Posted by sungahymn (1187 posts) -

Wow, seriously? He's been president before I was born. Sad to see this happen.

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#12 Posted by RE_Player1 (8052 posts) -

In total shock. Rest in peace Mr. Iwata.

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#13 Posted by akotchkoski (10 posts) -

I'm so shocked. Rest in peace.

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#15 Posted by vanorman (21 posts) -

Wow. Very sad. RIP.

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#16 Posted by recroulette (5456 posts) -

RIP Mr. Iwata

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#17 Posted by ETPC (111 posts) -

shit y'all :(

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#18 Posted by General_Mapache (149 posts) -

Do a barrel roll Mr. Iwata.

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#19 Posted by JusticeJanitor (538 posts) -

Oh wow... I knew Mr. Iwata had some health issues but this came out of nowhere. Bummer :(

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#20 Posted by Wheatley117 (23 posts) -

This is really shocking. He was one of the most likable people in the Games Industry and will surely be missed.

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#21 Posted by FLStyle (6634 posts) -


He will be solely missed.

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#22 Posted by MindBullet (703 posts) -

RIP Iwata. You were too rad for this world.

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#23 Posted by Kryplixx (242 posts) -

We lost a good one. :(

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#24 Posted by Xtrminatr (280 posts) -

RIP. One of a kind, you will be sorely missed.

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#25 Posted by Popogeejo (622 posts) -

They may not have always paid off but the man made some bold and wildly different moves that few would be brave enough to try. So long, Mr. Iwata.

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#26 Edited by Zeik (5192 posts) -

Dude, July is the worst month. Please get rid of it.

This is one of those deaths where you just go "Wait, what? Whaaaaaat?" 55 isn't necessarily young, but it's not old enough for this not to feel shocking.

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#27 Posted by gkhan (1063 posts) -

RIP Iwata-san. You'll be remembered.

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#28 Posted by Evilsbane (5618 posts) -

Super depressing, thoughts go out to his family and coworkers.

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#29 Posted by OurSin_360 (6158 posts) -

Wow, really sad news. R.I.P

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#31 Posted by TheBlue (1034 posts) -

Thanks Mr. Iwata. Till we all meet again in World 2.

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#32 Posted by Mortuss_Zero (744 posts) -
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At least we'll always have Iwata vs. Reggie. Battle for the ages.
RIP Mr. Iwata

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#33 Posted by turboman (9876 posts) -

55 is so young. Thoughts and prayers to his family, very sad.

So is Reggie the replacement? I doubt Shiggy wants to be the head.

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#34 Posted by Mystyr_E (1475 posts) -

Kind of hoping Nintendo releases a full-on statement and tribute. We all know when Ryan passed we had a rather heartfelt article about it yet Nintendo puts out basically a company memo.

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#35 Posted by paisan13 (165 posts) -

R.I.P. Iwata-kun 8(

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#36 Posted by hmoney001 (1251 posts) -

Good night sweet prince.

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#37 Posted by mr_arkadin (19 posts) -
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I'm just going to try to remember him like this. In all seriousness, I cannot think of a single loss as big as this one in video games. The man was a giant. RIP

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#38 Posted by holt_allen (12 posts) -


Such a tragic loss!

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#39 Posted by Jensonb (2078 posts) -

The video gaming world's favourite uncle. Rest In Peace, Mr Iwata. Thanks for everything. You will be remembered as a Titan.

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#40 Posted by jpmcosta (61 posts) -

A sad day for Nintendo and video games.

Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata. Rest in peace.

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#42 Posted by Spiritof (2402 posts) -

In my mind he's just evolved into his second form.

In my heart he's possibly the most lovable corporate president in the history of all mankind.

Condolences to Mr. Iwata's friends and family.

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#44 Posted by ShadowSwordmaster (1119 posts) -

This is a sad day for gaming.

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#45 Posted by fnrslvr (579 posts) -

Holy shit -- that's truly upsetting. Rest in peace. :(

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#46 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3570 posts) -

Damn. 55 is way too short a life. RIP, Iwata.

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#47 Edited by atomicoldman (831 posts) -

@mystyr_e: He died just yesterday so I'm assuming it's still really fresh and they haven't quite had time to do much more than get the news out there.

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#48 Posted by bacongames (4008 posts) -

55 is way too soon. Unbelievable.

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#49 Posted by poobumbutt (953 posts) -

Damn it.

Rest in peace, Satoru Iwata. You'll be missed.

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#50 Posted by chaser324 (8650 posts) -

Awful, shocking news. Thanks for everything, Iwata. :(

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