On Sunday July 12th, a statement was issued that on Saturday July 11th, Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Japan had passed away.  It was stated that Iwata passed away “due to a bile duct growth”.  Iwata was absent from the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2014, but no information had been released about his health at the time.  Iwata was a part of the Nintendo family since the 1980’s and has since been a hardworking and loyal asset to the company.  He led the way through the exciting Wii era and even took a pay cut when the Wii U didn’t become as successful as hoped.  Iwata wanted to interact directly with the public on a more personal level by creating English language announcements using Nintendo’s Direct videos and also participated in in-depth developer interviews.  Iwata’s colleagues and peers have been expressing their sorrow and heart ache over losing such an incredible human being so suddenly.

Shigeru Miyamoto, game designer and Senior Managing Director, issued a statement this morning, “I am truly surprised and saddened by this unexpected news.  The entire development team at Nintendo will remain committed to our development policy which Mr. Iwata and we have been constructing together and to yield the development results which Mr. Iwata would appreciate.”

Satoru Shibata, President of Nintendo Europe, released a statement as well.  “Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing or Mr. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Global President.  It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel at this time. Mr. Iwata was a strong leader, a unique figure in the gaming industry and an important part of Nintendo’s history.  He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly.  Just as Mr. Iwata challenged us to always push forward, we will ensure his legacy lives on through our ongoing work to always surprise and delight our fans.  At this time our thoughts are with his family.”

Nintendo America posted this tweet, “In remembrance of Mr. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will not be posting on our social media channels today.”

Many of those involved not only with the Nintendo organization, but the entire gaming industry, are mourning with heavy hearts, along with loyal Nintendo fans, the passing of this truly exceptional leader.  We at the TechGeek office would like to express our condolences to the Iwata family and the Nintendo family as well.  We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers, rest in peace Mr. Satoru Iwata.


Various images expressing condolences for the passing of Satoru Iwata, 12/6/59 – 7/11/15.

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