Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata Passes Away

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Satoru Iwata president of Nintendo Co., Ltd passed away on 11th July 2015 due to cancer.

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Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co., Ltd has announced that its president and a talented programmer Satoru Iwata has died of cancer at the age of 55.  He underwent a surgery last year and resumed to office shortly.  He was a man of success who led Nintendo into the rapidly growing mobile gaming sector.

Credentials:

  • Mr Iwata started out as a programmer in a Nintendo subsidiary(HAL Laboratory) in the 1980s.
  • He has worked on games like Balloon Fight and EarthBound.
  • He became a Director of Nintendo in 2002.
  • Under his leadership, the company launched its hugely successful Nintendo DS in 2004.
  • Two years later they gave another hit launch of Wii.

“Mr Iwata was a titan – he certainly will be missed,” Said, Marc Einstein, head of digital media at Frost & Sullivan in Tokyo.

“Nintendo is really at a cross roads.” Said Mr Einstein

Tributes coming up in social media saying:

“Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata.”

“Nintendo might not be the most profitable company, but it’s always made games with a heart. #ThankYouIwata #Nintendo.”

“Farewell, Satoru Iwata. He brought a wealth of imagination to the world of #Nintendo!”

The shares of Nintendo dropped 0.7% in early monday trading.  The successor of Iwata will most likely be someone internal.  It is expected to be someone who is serious about that step into mobile gaming.

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