Monday 21 August 2017

The gaming world pays tribute to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has died of a bile duct tumour (AP)
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has died of a bile duct tumour (AP)
Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, delivers a speech during the Nintendo E3 media briefing at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. Photo: Getty Images
Frank Whelan

Frank Whelan

As news of the passing of Mr. Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo since 2002, reached gamers, the outpouring of tributes for the gaming legend was deservedly massive.

Mr. Iwata, aged 55, died on 11th July from a bile duct tumour. Take the Nintendo reigns in 2002, he was the first Nintendo president from outside the founding Yamauchi family.

Satoru Iwata took over leadership at a point when Sony and Microsoft were dominating the console gaming landscape. Through his vision, Nintendo answered the competition with the Nintendo DS and Wii, both spectacular successes.

He was one of the few game industry CEOs who had experience on the frontline, coming from a software development role.

He summed himself up nicely at the 2005 Games Developer Conference: "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."

His attitude towards games and gamers ensured he was one of the best loved figures in the games industry. He will be missed.

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