It is a somber day for the gaming community, as the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata died at age 55 from the effects of his Cholangiocarcinoma (A rare form of cancer) after being diagnosed on 2009.
Satoru Iwata, apart from being a talented programmer, a legendary developer, and a revolutionary of the gaming industry is known for caring deeply about gamers, considering himself as one of them (or of us, considering that I think of myself as a gamer as well). One of his memorable quotes said just as much when he stated, “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.”
He is known as the man behind hit games such as: The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, and Earthbound games. One of his notable first foray into the video game industry was through Balloon Fight, a 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System game.
He was also the person who pushed for Nintendo Direct–a series of online press conferences that are open to anyone. Not only that, but Iwata-san improved Nintendo relations with fans using social media. He believed that, video games–first and foremost–are meant to be fun, having been quoted in saying, “Above all else, video games are meant to just be one thing: fun for everyone”.
His passing will, undoubtedly, leave a void at Nintendo.
You will be remembered for the legacy you left behind and the joy you have spread through your work. Domo arigatou gozaimasu, Iwata-san.