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Satoru Iwata: 1959 - 2015
« on: July 12, 2015, 12:55:00 PM »

''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.''

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/40735/satoru-iwata-1959-2015

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55.

Nintendo Company Limited announced the passing in a release on their investor website (PDF link). The cause of death is a bile duct growth, which Iwata took an extended leave of absence from his duties in 2014 to attempt to resolve.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Iwata family and to the Nintendo family in this difficult time. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

UPDATE 9:45pm ET: The Financial Times is reporting that the president's position will not be filled for now, and Nintendo will be placed under the caretaker leadership of Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda.

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Re: Satoru Iwata: 1959 - 2015
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2015, 07:58:23 PM »
 :Q Holy ****. We knew the guy was having health problems, but he never let on that those problems were THIS bad. R.I.P., man.
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Re: Satoru Iwata: 1959 - 2015
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 08:04:10 PM »
Now I will never understand. :(


But seriously, this is upsetting and shocking. Never would have figured his health issues were terminal. Damn.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 08:06:06 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2015, 08:07:18 PM »
WAIT WHAT!?!?! I had to re-read the article just for it to even register in my brain. This is truly a sad day in gaming history. My condolences go out to the iwata family.

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2015, 08:10:18 PM »
Oh wow. :(


Knew he had the surgery for the bile duct growth but though he was okay. Guess not.


RIP. Thoughts are with his family.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2015, 08:12:07 PM »
This is deeply saddening.  It's unbelievable.  :(

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2015, 08:16:49 PM »
This is so sad and unexpected.  He was such a pleasure to watch and he revealed a lot of himself in Iwata Asks.  A very endearing and genuine man that will be missed.

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2015, 08:17:23 PM »
How did this not blow up my Twitter feed?

RIP Iwata.  I traditionally cook food for the family but that would be hard now.
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2015, 08:21:04 PM »
Now I will never understand. :(


But seriously, this is upsetting and shocking. Never would have figured his health issues were terminal. Damn.

Yeah same here, I would have never imagined.

Its crazy to think through that the guy worked dispute of his health and ran a company. Damn Iwata Thank you and rest easy you will be remembered.

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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2015, 08:22:44 PM »

Very sad to hear this.

On a side note, I wonder if the folks at NoA knew about this as far back as E3. Might explain things a bit.
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2015, 08:23:38 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2015, 08:33:18 PM »
Goodbye Mr. Iwata. I'll miss you.
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2015, 08:34:16 PM »
****. I was hoping this was some kind of hoax. I am sad.

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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2015, 08:36:11 PM »
Out of no where. I removed when he underwent surgery, but I thought he was doing well. Sad news.

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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2015, 08:36:41 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2015, 08:40:59 PM »
Wow, that was unexpected! Damn, that sucks.
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2015, 08:41:37 PM »
This is hard to believe, and tough to hear.

He was a great President and gave us a lot of memories.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2015, 08:43:20 PM »
Oh, Iwata... How truly sad.

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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2015, 08:56:38 PM »
this... I read this and my face went pale. particularly because my father suffers from bile duct issues among other things. that's what forced him into early retirement, was that parts of his liver and a bit of tissue around his bile duct has calcified. he has to essentially take a bunch of steroids for the rest of his life because of it.

Satoru Iwata's contributions to video games as a whole shall not be forgotten. although there's stupidly no credits in the game, I'm pretty sure that Revenge of the Gator Pinball on the Gameboy's physics model and sound effects borrow heavily from Rollerball on NES, which Iwata programmed himself. Revenge of the Gator was my first Game Boy game I ever owned.

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2015, 08:57:08 PM »
That is sad to hear. May not have liked his approach to games, but he still did a good job.

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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2015, 09:06:12 PM »
Could not believe it when I saw the headline and still having trouble wrapping my head around it. So sad and even knowing about his recent health problems, still somehow so unexpected.

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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2015, 09:08:49 PM »
Oh no, I thought he was doing better! This is really sad :( RIP Iwata, you will be greatly missed. I loved seeing him in Nintendo Directs and his Iwata Asks segments. I will continue to enjoy your cute games and cute consoles for many years to come.

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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2015, 09:09:44 PM »
This is nuts…..hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw it on Reddit.  I have to imagine this is at least part of why Nintendo went the route they did with the puppets at E3, although I didn't expect anything especially after seeing the Iwata Asks segments starting back up.  The suddenness of his passing and his young age bring pause especially.






That said, I do wonder where that leaves Nintendo..obviously they'll be able to move forward in the interim, but who could possibly be chosen in his stead?  I assume they'd most likely promote within rather than find an outsider?
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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2015, 09:12:03 PM »
Man that really sucks! R.I.P. Iwata-san.  :(