Satoru Iwata Passes Away at Age 55

Nintendo’s president has passed away due to a bile duct growth.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 07/12/2015 17:56 5 Comments     ShareThis

We are deeply saddened to report that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55 due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata underwent surgery to remove the growth last June and as a result missed that year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. He appeared to be recovering well following the operation and had returned to his daily responsibilities at the company, which makes today’s news all the more devastating.

Iwata’s contribution to the gaming industry is immeasurable. Before being appointed as Nintendo president back in 2002 (the first person outside the Yamauchi family to helm the company), he worked in second-party studio HAL Laboratory as a programmer and had a hand in some of Nintendo’s notable titles, including (but certainly not limited to) Balloon Fight, EarthBound, the Kirby series, and the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64. He also presided over the company during some of its most profitable years, overseeing the launch of both the Nintendo DS and Wii consoles, and was a staunch defender of the value of dedicated video game platforms in the face of “freemium” mobile gaming. More than anything, however, he will be remembered as the personable face of Nintendo thanks to his Iwata Asks interviews and Nintendo Direct presentations, which gave fans the world over a very intimate and insightful look at not only the company’s upcoming titles, but the people who worked on them. From all of us at Nintendojo, our deepest condolences to the Iwata family and heartfelt thanks to one of the most remarkable men to have ever worked in the industry.

Source: Nintendo

5 Responses to “Satoru Iwata Passes Away at Age 55”

  • 0 points

    Well didn’t see this coming, and didn’t know he was that sick. Heard he had health issues though. Sad day for his family. Wonder who will replace him?

  • 222 points
    PanurgeJr says...

    Truly sad. I love watching Nintendo Directs; I love reading Iwata Asks. He didn’t seem like an executive selling a product in these; he seemed like a fan who loved something who wanted to spread the word to others who would love it. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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    penduin says...

    Wow. I’m so sorry to hear this. He brought the world many smiles, and is gone too soon.

    Through his many interviews and video presentations, we got to see a sliver of the human at the helm of the company, to share in his humility, his honesty, and his humor. It was an honor to be part of that.

    Mr. Iwata, I send my deep thanks for your life and my sorrow for your death – directly – to you.

  • 156 points
    excaliburguy says...

    Very unexpected and sad news. It seemed like he was goofing around in puppet form at E3 just yesterday, and the now… he’s gone. Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata. You were a great inspiration to the video game industry.

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    xeacons says...

    This is so sudden. He will be missed. Iwata’s importance to his company and the industry was immeasurable. Where do we go from here?

    Good night, sweet prince, and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

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