1959-2015. Satoru Iwata, the man responsible for the turnaround of Nintendo in 2000, has passed away at the age of 55 due to a bile duct growth, leaving behind a great legacy in the video game industry.
?Nintendo Co., Ltd. Deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth,? Nintendo?s statement said.
In a report, Iwata underwent surgery last year which forced him to skip E3 2014. Afterwards, he underwent surgery to remove the bile duct growth and resumed his post upon recovering.
This is truly a sad story not only for Nintendo fans, but also for gamers everywhere, as Iwata is a devoted man who strived a lot for the gaming industry.
Iwata started in the industry by joining Nintendo?s Hal Laboratory in the 1980?s where he made successful games like Balloon Fight, Kirby, and the cult-hit Earthbound. He has also produced games on Star Fox, Metroid Prime, Pokemon.
Incomparable Industry leader
Iwata became the director of Nintendo operations in 2000, then Nintendo president in 2002. During his term, he was able to launch the widely successful Wii and the portable Nintendo DS devices.
Currently however, Nintendo has been in a financial slump. People may recollect that Nintendo?s shares dropped significantly this year after a weak showing at the Nintendo Direct.
After a weak performance of Nintendo in 2013, Iwata said last year that he would halve his salary for several months after Nintendo was outpaced by Sony and Microsoft in the console sales.
It was also Iwata?s time when the company decided to abandon E3 since 2013 and instead host Nintendo Direct, a more intimate place where people can stream official and exclusive Nintendo news. Here, he hosted and showed interviews with developers.
Iwata is also responsible for the release of Nintendo mobile games this year.
Even if Nintendo has made some ups and downs in their decisions, Iwata?s dedication is forever imprinted on the hearts of the gaming community.