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Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has Passed away


Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata, has passed away. The firm said in an official document that his death cam due to the bile duct growth, which he was previously treated for. Via: Nintendo Everything 

I’m speechless really…. I thought they fixed the issue Mr. Iwata was having. My condolences to Iwata’s family and Nintendo. 

  • Spice’71

    RIP Mr Iwata, may your goals be realised.

  • Wanderlei

    Very very sad:(

  • alex9234

    “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.” - Satoru Iwata

  • Liquid-Sunrise

    I am at a loss for words… :(
    I can’t believe he is gone…

  • hawkssuns08

    Such sad news…. One of the few celebrity deaths that has impacted me greatly. A humble, cool man that died too young. :( RIP.

  • Shadowkirby12

    Rest in peace, good sir… You did a lot of good stuff for Nintendo.

  • Shadriczo

    Satoru Iwata: “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.”

  • Travis Touchdown

    The day he stops smiling is the day we remember his smile.

  • TimG57867

    To take a quote from his 2005 Keynote speech where he was beginning to fit into his new role as CEO:

    “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.”

    R.I.P Satoru Iwata.

    Your death comes as an unfortunate and devastating loss as we’ve not only lost a great CEO but a great person as well. As a longtime Nintendo fan, I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done to keep Nintendo alive and relevant as well as influence the greater industry. I want you to know from beyond the grave that you’ll be deeply missed. Thank you Iwata-san.


  • Marsega

    Uh… My goodness. This is beyond dark. I.. can’t believe this. My prayers goes to Iwata. He was a good CEO and man. May he be in paradise now. Sigh..

  • donzaloog

    This is so tragic. I thought he’d made a full recovery. I feel blindsided by this. He never got to pick a successor. I’m seriously depressed now. R.I.P. Mr. Iwata. Thank you for everything.

    • Jon Turner

      I wonder who will take Iwata’s place? Miyamoto? Probably not, he’s more of a game designer. Takeda? Possible. What about Shigeki Morimoto? He sounds plausible.

    • NorthernLights07

      Given his illness, perhaps he did pick someone to succeed him if something like this should happen. Either way, hopefully whoever succeeds him will honor him and do right by his vision for Nintendo.

  • Zuflus

    Rest in Peace Iwata, so sudden and I did not expect that news as early as today. Sad day.

  • Kidking17

    Life is too short, this came out of nowhere. RIP Iwata

  • NintendoPower

    What? My God. Rip Prayers for the family…

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  • Maestro

    Completly speechless……. Thank you for everything you’ve done Mr Iwata…… R.I.P.

  • wiiu4life

    RIP you will always live on in the heart of true gamer’s everywhere

  • dacomentr

    Wow RIP.

  • Emufred

    I still can’t believe this happened.

    R.I.P Iwata

    A great CEO regardless of what people said.

  • ActivesiN

    R.I.P Iwata , this is a time to celebrate all the good that he did for Nintendo

  • http://youtube.com/paidenthusiast paidenthusiast

    I am saddened and shocked at the same time. Despite what some people may have thought of his decisions and plans, he was still a very brilliant individual and a very nice humbled man who was very passionate about gaming and gamers alike. The world lost a great legend who made an impressionable mark in the world of gaming. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with his family, friends and Nintendo. RIP Iwata-san and in your famous words ” Please Understand ” that we Nintendo fans appreciate all of your unprecedented contributions to the gaming world. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten……thanks for everything

  • ImperiusNovus

    The day’s tragedy was too horrific to consider, but it came to occur. With all he accomplished acknowledged, it is painful to believe.

    It is practically traumatic knowing that we will never see him in another Nintendo Direct or hear any of his recognized quotes. It is already starting to feel like psychological torture.

    R.I.P. Iwata, the honor and effect presented will never be forgotten.

  • rjgamemaster2012

    R.I P Iwata may god send you directly to heav- no Fuck this i can’t even make that joke i can’t believe this, this really came out of no where i was just playing Splatoon and i just randomly saw this comment that said something like “R.I.P Iwata you will be missed” and at first i was like is this some kind of sick joke?! but then i saw more comments saying the same thing “R.I.P Iwata” so i went here and now i know it’s true he’s really gone. I-I can’t believe he’s gone i mean knew he was sick but I thought they got that taken care of, Nintendo has truly lost a great leader and a great man i’ll miss seeing him on directs They’ll never find anyone as good as Iwata ARE YOU HAPPY HATERS YOU KILLED IWATA!!! THIS IS YOUR FAULT!!! that bile duct was caused by stress, stress caused by YOU GUYS!! YOU ASSHOLES DID THIS!! i really hope your happy. good bye Iwata you’ll be deeply missed ;(

  • Hardin Twentyfive

    I am stuck on Skyward Sword, so I decided to go on Google+ when I saw the news in the Zelda community. Thought it was a joke. Immediately saw a post on my feed from Nintendo Everything. My freaking God.
    I… Wow. I mean, the last time we saw him was in the April Direct, and… This is cliché, but Nintendo won’t be the same without Iwata. I can’t watch another Nintendo Direct the same way ever again.
    Whoever becomes the next CEO has a huge responsibility. Whether you want to admit it or not, Nintendo’s most successful generation was when Iwata fully drove Nintendo with the Wii and DS. And with his plans for mobile and with Nintendo’s IP, I hope the next guy continues that.
    Please Understand, Mr. Iwata, we will miss you, and hopefully we will “directly” meet each other in whatever afterlife there is.

  • Gearchin

    I’m thankful for the memories, he brought us as president of Nintendo, really pushed nintendo forward. Man i still cant believe this news, here hoping and praying whomever takes over does mr iwata service, by keeping on the direction he wanted Nintendo to go. My prayers go out to his family and friends, much love to all my nintendo brothers and sisters out there, we lost a great leader in business.

  • Jon Turner

    Oh my gosh, that’s shocking! So sorry to hear about that. Really. I hope whoever takes his place will keep the company going.

  • Eric

    I am just speechless. . .this came literally like a random punch to the face! I thought they took care of his cancer! Mr. Iwata has, for lack of a better word, became the “Face” of Nintendo as a company. His level of intimacy with the fanbase, openness, and genuine sincerity is something I have never seen in another CEO. I felt like I knew Mr. Iwata. He made directs personal, charming, and became a celebrity in his own right. When I think of Nintendo, I also think of Mr. Iwata. Him and Mr. Myiamoto have, to me, become the two faces I associate with the company.

    Iwata’s legacy was more of just business success with the DS, Wii, and 3DS-he made a personal connection with fans. It was clear he loved the company he was president of, loved the videogame industry, and loved the fans. Mr. Iwata’s personal involvement in Directs, E3 presentations, and other things brought a level of personal connection. Mr. Iwata was like the smiling, charming Grandfather who always got involved in what his family (Nintendo in this case) was doing on a personal level.

    There’s a knot in my stomach at the moment, and I pray that whoever is picked to succeed him as President of Nintendo knows what boots they are filling. Mr. Iwata has left a powerful legacy not only in game and hardware design, but also in his reaching out to and intimacy with the fans. Mr. Iwata, Rest in Peace, and thank you for all the joy you’ve brought to myself and others.

  • *NormalGamer*

    What? So sudden? Oh my God. I.. I.. Oh, man.


    He was really one of the great CEO’s of Nintendo. This is very devastating news. :(

  • Bernadet Gnuyen

    RIP Mr. Iwata he didn’t fire people, took pay cuts, entertained us, bowed to the Nintendo Fan base on almost every direct so shocked omg, such a great man he will be missed he gave us the DS, Wii, WiiU this is truly a sad day in gaming history.

  • Bernadet Gnuyen

    RIP Mr. Iwata he didn’t fire people, took pay cuts, entertained us, bowed to the Nintendo Fan base on almost every direct so shocked omg, such a great man he will be missed he gave us the DS, Wii, WiiU this is truly a sad day in gaming history.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Trying hard not to cry right now

  • Hidden Flare

    I’m sure everyone can agree with me when I say, its sad to see such a big and critical part of Nintendo go and everything will not be the same knowing that a big part of gaming has disappeared. I’ll miss seeing this nice old man in Nintendo directs, e3, and everything Nintendo really. He left behind few things….. I suppose if you want to see a happy Iwata theres always his mii……. Sad I know.. Rest in peace President of Nintendo, Iwata.

  • Santiago3:16

    I..I cant believe this, like everyone else, I knew he was sick and all but I thought he got through this. RIP to Satoru Iwata-San. My condolences to his family. You will be missed sir.

  • JaxonH

    I really do feel like I lost a close friend. What a great man he was.

    Iwata was a man who wouldn’t lay off workers in tough times because he cared about them. A man who cut his own pay for the benefit of the company as a whole. A man who would often humiliate himself and crack jokes at himself to put a smile on the face of those watching.

    Iwata was a man who just wanted to see a smile on the faces of those who played Nintendo’s games.

    What a terrible loss.

  • uPadWatcher

    In the lyrics of Boyz II Men- It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Rest in Peace, Iwata-san. We’ll miss you.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/Gkerbz4 Kerbizzle

    I had to re-read this quite a few times to make sure I wasn’t just hallucinating. This really came out of nowhere. I’m really saddened by this, quite frankly.

    God bless his family and loved ones.

  • habana.shie

    trully speechles, that ios a desvtastating news… shit

    hr was a great pesrson, son charismatic, my brain has yet to fully process this

    Rest In Peace, you will be greatly missed.

  • AvatarRenji

    R.I.P Mr Iwata, my condolences to his family and friends at this time :'(

  • visoredgruntR34

    Really sad. Remember when he first got sick and was hospitalized some didn’t believe thought he was dodging Wii U performance questions and others wished him to die.
    The console wars are really sickening sometimes.

    R.I.P Thanks for all of the great entertainment you were involved in bringing to life

  • Micah Ma-at Maragh

    Oh wow, RIP Iwata. Don’t care what anyone says he was a true video gaming boss.

  • GeneralBrown178

    I may have never met the man, but I think we can all agree that this man game us endless happiness and joy.
    R.I.P Mr. Iwata, you will be missed.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/Jesusgldtr Reeveelution

    I knew he was ill, but no one could have guessed it was this critical. Mr. Iwata will be severely missed. I just pray that his family and everyone at Nintendo will be able to heal after this.

  • Andyjoe522

    Lost both him and my great-uncle on the same day. That’s two men I greatly respect both gone…

  • eaglebob345

    Goodbye, Iwata-san. He was an excellent leader. He will be missed. This sucks, he was one of my favorite people at Nintendo.

  • Sk Massive

    R.I.P Mr. Iwata. Very sad day!

  • Shadao

    Unexpected this is, and unfortunate it has come…

  • Saleem Rasul Abdul Aziz

    It took me a while to take this seriously. Now that it has hit home I would like to add my voice to the chorus of condolences.

    Mr. Iwata was a visionary in many ways and though not all of his decisions were home runs his stewardship was one that was earmarked by brave decisions. He will be sorely missed!

    Long Live Nintendo!

  • Nin12gage

    Wow thats a damn shame and 55 isnt that old ether rip mr.iwata

    • Saleem Rasul Abdul Aziz

      Same age as MJ

      • Nin12gage

        I kno crazy and this just come out of left field

  • TheFoxshot

    This is shocking and tremendously sad for me. Iwata was the best president Nintendo could ever had. He was always thinking for Nintendo Fans and the developers as well. He worked hard to bring us great games through these many years. R.I.P Satoru Iwata, your the best.

  • FalconLawnch

    Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata. Your contributions to Nintendo’s history, from your genius programming on countless Nintendo classics to your leadership during the company’s strongest years to date, will remain legendary.

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  • Shannon Cork

    Farewell Mr. Iwata, you will be sorely missed.

  • awang0718

    Jesus Christ. This is easily the most shocking news I have heard all day.
    I honestly don’t know what to say.
    RIP Mr. Iwata

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