Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55, Thank You Iwata-San #ThankYouIwata
Today we all woke up to hear the sad news of president and CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata passing away at the tender age of 55, due to a bile duct, which is a rare form of cancer that can infect the liver and intestine.
Before Satoru served as the fourth president of Nintendo, he worked as a programmer at videogame developer Hal Laboratory. Then he joined Nintendo in 2000 to succeed Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away in 2013. In fact, Satoru made history by becoming the first Nintendo president not to be related to Yamauchi by bloodline or marriage. Over the years Iwata-San worked on iconic franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing, to name but two, and was instrumental in the development and success of the 3DS and Wii console.
The truth is, as a fan and as someone that did not know Satoru Iwata on a personal level, there’s only so much we know about this great man, but yet he inspired and is loved by millions. This is a man that during Nintendo’s financial troubles last year, he cut his own salary in half so that employees jobs wouldn’t be at risk, which is just incredible and says a lot about Iwata as a person.
For someone that can speak as a fan, we at Push-Start would like to say “Thank you Iwata-San”. Thank you for allowing us to embrace in Nintendo’s family gaming values, thank you separating yourself away from the crowd and most of all, thank you for being you and bringing us so much joy over the years.
Today the gaming community will share this grief, regardless of your platform preference. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and for any fellow gamer that loved this great man. Thank you Iwata-San.