It’s been a long time since I last posted, and unfortunately I’m doing so now with a heavy heart. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s President and popular icon of gaming, passed away Saturday due to a bile duct growth. He was 55.
Iwata joined Nintendo’s HAL Laboratories as a programmer back in the early 1980s, and was involved in the creation of a number of games including The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure, Earthbound and Super Smash Bros. In 2002, he was named President of Nintendo after succeeding Hiroshi Yamaucchi. Iwata eventually oversaw some of Nintendo’s (and the gaming industry’s in general) most successful products, among them the Nintendo Wii and the DS family of handheld consoles.
My condolences go out to Iwata’s family, friends and colleagues. He will sorely be missed.