Japanese video gamemaker Nintendo has announced that President Iwata has succumbed to cancer at the age of 55. He held the realms of Nintendo since 2000, and is accredited for the company’s hugely successful products Wii and Nintendo DS. Also Read - Pokemon Unite to release in July for Nintendo Switch, mobile version will release in September
Iwata used to work as a programmer in one of Nintendo’s subsidiary since 1980 before moving to the main company as a director in 2000. He became president in 2002 and has been responsible for the company’s turnaround since then. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
When the gaming population started to decline, Iwata knew that the company had to rethink strategies and come up with products for non gamers as well. His handheld Nintendo DS was the world’s best handheld game console soon after it was released in 2004. Also Read - E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward: Far Cry 6, Just Dance 2022, Watch Dogs: Legion Bloodline and more
He is also responsible for many other achievements like GameCube, 3DS, and even Wii . Games like Earthbound, Pokemon, Kirby, The Legend of Zelda, Smash Bros. and many other titles are his work of genius.
In the gaming community, he was known as an avid gamer first, and then the president that was also considered as a ‘game changing figure’.
He was diagnosed with a cancerous bile duct growth last year and also underwent surgery. He even resumed service after brief recovery.
Twitter is abuzz with condolences and tributes for Iwata.
Life is short Play Nintendo
— Bro Team Pill (@BroTeamPill) July 13, 2015
— RockmebabyTV (@RockmebabyTV) July 13, 2015
Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has passed away. What a legendary legacy left behind. For all the Mario 1-ups he gave us, rest in peace.
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) July 13, 2015
— ptsd jedi (@ptsdjedi) July 13, 2015
— JAM (Japan Travel) (@readjam_english) July 13, 2015
— Alejandro Garçia (@DukeGarfito) July 13, 2015
At least, though we may not have liked Nintendo’s last E3, at least he still tried to have fun. pic.twitter.com/X2RwOQlbfg
— – ̗̀new ̖́- MasterTP (@MasterTP1) July 13, 2015