Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Dies At 55

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Dies At 55

Nintendo has just issued a short statement announcing that president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55.

The statement reads:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata was forced to skip last year's E3 due to his poor health, and shortly afterwards underwent surgery to remove the bile duct growth. A few months later, in the wake of concerns over his health, he said via Twitter "I'm progressing well".

A talented programmer, Iwata first joined Nintendo's HAL Laboratory in the 1980s, where he worked on games like Balloon Fight and EarthBound. He became a Director of the company in 2000, and in 2002 was appointed as only the fourth President of Nintendo when he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi.

In his time as President, Iwata oversaw some of the strongest (Wii, DS) and weakest (GameCube, Wii U) periods in Nintendo's history as a video game company. In recent times, he developed almost cult status as the host of the Nintendo Direct programs.

An immensely popular figure both within the industry and with Nintendo fans, he will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Mr. Iwata.


    oh no

      Iwata Satoru :(

      At 55, you were gone too soon. You were a loving husband, father and Nintendo's president.
      Nintendo will never be the same without you. You will be missed.
      My thoughts go out to all tou family, friends and fans.

      A restructuring is incoming.

      Last edited 13/07/15 10:37 am

      He was responsible for some of my most cherished childhood memories, playing a Nintendo console donated by Child's Play when I was in hospital...

      Here's a charity video I made earlier:

    That's too young, Luke didn't leave much of a tribute to him I hope Kotaku does more than a 3 line article.

      It's just breaking news at the moment, though. I think that other stuff comes later.

    Crap, terrible news. Heartfelt condolences to his friends and family, 55 is too young. =(

    This is seriously sad news and one must ask the question 55 is so young. Stress of being head of big co operation affected his health ???

      Cancer. But he loved entertaining far too much to stay at home.

    I am shocked!
    Many condolences to your family.
    Rest in peace.

    Aw man, how could he go so young? He still loved dressing up like a rabbit, most people decided to outgrow that at 10 :(

    Sooo sad and there was almost no warning :'(

    Geez... Nintendo has been my go to love for games for as long as I remember, and he's always been a part of that. Seeing this just makes the heart sink, absolutely terrible news. What a legend he's left.

    RIP Iwata. Thank you for what you have done to Nintendo and never giving up so far.

    Far too young.

    Travel well Iwata-san. Thankyou for the joy and sincerity you displayed in your lifetime.

    Rest in Peace.

    well this sucks :( very sad news for Monday morning :(

    No more news today.
    I have had enough.
    RIP Mr Iwata

    This is terrible news. Iwata was a cornerstone of Nintendo and an absolute delight to see every time a Direct rolled around. Fifty-five is way too young an age for anyone to die at. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.

    Thats aweful. Didnt realise he was in such bad health :(

    Rest in Peace. You helped make my childhood great.

    I know it's too soon to say this but...
    Now is the chance for Nintendo to make better gaming and business decisions.

      Well their investors have been calling for mobile gaming remember, going so far at one point they called for Iwata to step down.
      Nintendo might not have always made the popular decisions, but they made the right decisions more often than not.

      We are seriously at the end of an era and we can only hope the future is a bright one.

      You mean stop investing in games that are different and fun? Invest in more brown AAA shooters?

      Yes Ninty games have been plucking from the same license fruit tree for years now but even if it's not your cup of tea they are still very fun games (hell Splatoon has the distinction for me of not only finally letting me enjoy a multiplayer shooter... but get me addicted as heck. And I'm not a huge fan of the genre) and they sell. You can label the same "derivative" and "repetitive" label to a Ninty franchise the same way you could label the yearly CoD and Battlefield. It doesn't mean they sell any less either... at least Ninty has more color pallettes tho =P

        Wii U name was a big mistake

          So what? Have you avoided buying the console because of the name?

          Luckily I bought the console for the software

      "I know its too soon, but"

      Maybe give it 24 hours man?

      I can't blame you for writing this... it's the first thing I thought of as well.

      Have you no shame?

      Iwata was one of the best CEOs in the industry. Guy was all charm.

      Plus he wasn't just a CEO. The guy saved Earthbound by coding it from scratch and managed to compress Pokemon Gold/Silver's code so they could add Kanto to it.

      Plus he halved his own salary when Ninty was going through tough times.

      The industry has lost someone important.

      First instinct was right: Not really the time or the place.

      Last edited 13/07/15 4:20 pm

    Goddam man =(

    Say all you want about Ninty but I always appreciated Iwata-san's approach once he took on the helm he's up there w/ Shuhei-san on trying to be in touch or at least communicate w/ fans w/ the Iwata says updates.

    He will be missed =(

    Also, Bile Duct.

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