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Monday, July 13, 2015

RIP Iwata-san


"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."
- Satoru Iwata, 1959-2015

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25 Comments:

Blogger tim July 13, 2015 4:17 AM  

Dropping like flies in their 50's.

Blogger Shimshon July 13, 2015 4:37 AM  

He's obviously not a banker. His death isn't a "suicide" and he's responsible for too much happiness.

Blogger Eric July 13, 2015 5:20 AM  

Dropping like flies in their 50's.

Liver cancer is more prevalent in Japan because of the way they drink.

Anonymous Steve July 13, 2015 6:13 AM  

Just to give you a flavour of what sort of man Iwata was, when Nintendo's profits slumped last year, he announced a huge pay cut...

...for himself. He gave himself a 50% reduction.

Not many CEO's show that sort of leadership.

Rest in peace.

Blogger Joe A. July 13, 2015 6:47 AM  

Shockingly young. I hope it doesn't hurt the company much.

Blogger Tommy Hass July 13, 2015 7:16 AM  

How young...

RIP.

I had tons of fun with Super Smash Brothers. In fact I'm going to play it right now.

Blogger Nate July 13, 2015 7:54 AM  

damn... DAMN...

Nintendos games don't get the rockstar press and treatment... but the games are so consistently replayable... so consistently fun...

Dammit.

Anonymous Kreator July 13, 2015 8:19 AM  

RIP Mr. Iwata, your legacy will continue to live on, thank you for all the memories and experiences...

Blogger David-093 July 13, 2015 9:29 AM  

RIP man, you will be missed

Anonymous Mob-Rules July 13, 2015 10:02 AM  

Quite disappointed to hear about this this morning. RIP Mr. Iwata.

Hopefully Miyamoto will take over.

Blogger Mindstorm July 13, 2015 10:05 AM  

Hallmarks of a good game: challenge, immersion, replayability. As a gamer, Iwata-sensei would not miss the memo. The next CEO? Highly doubtful.

Anonymous WillBest July 13, 2015 10:17 AM  

@3

Liver caner is more prevalent in Asia because of higher rates of Hep B.

Anonymous REG July 13, 2015 10:42 AM  

I'm not a gamer; but, I respect the people who have brought the joy and fun to the computer entertainment world. There are too few of them. I too regret his loss to the world.

Blogger tweell July 13, 2015 10:49 AM  

He kept Nintendo going through good times and bad, competing with Sony and Microsoft by holding to basics like games should be fun. Thanks, man.

Anonymous You, Me, & Bud Dupree July 13, 2015 11:18 AM  

Yes.... another gift that the spirotua zombie west has given to a beautiful ancient people.

Anonymous BGS July 13, 2015 1:03 PM  

Liver caner is more prevalent in Asia because of higher rates of Hep B.

I had to look that up because I thought it was just the "pacific islanders" part of Asians not the good at math part. China Indonesia and pacific islands have higher rates than japan. Healthcare workers got the Hep B vaccine back in the 90s

Anonymous WillBest July 13, 2015 1:29 PM  

The whole region is at elevated risk, some countries more than others. And he was 55 years old. When was he getting his Hep B vaccination? He had half his life to contract Hep B and become chronic carrier before anybody would have even asked to stick the needle in him.

Blogger ajw308 (#98) July 13, 2015 1:36 PM  

My wife wonders why I keep the GameCube. It's in a box in the Garage. There are things you can't put a price on. Thank you Iwata. May you rest in peace.

Anonymous Zion's Paladin July 13, 2015 1:51 PM  

Super Mario Bros...Legend of Zelda...Metroid...some of my favorite series. Nintendo has some great games and I'll never know just how much of that is due to Iwata's hard work and dedication as a fellow gamer.

Go with God Mr. Iwata.

Anonymous Tar Heel (VFM#0245) July 13, 2015 3:50 PM  

Kirby's tearful salute is the most bitter cut of all.

R.I.P. Iwata-san. The world is a less whimsical and fun place today.

Anonymous zapbrannigan1 July 13, 2015 3:50 PM  

"In the same speech, Mr. Iwata gave a sort of coda on his views on gaming: 'Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone.'"

Huh. Fancy that. Notice he didn't say:

1. Video games are meant to be art.
2. Video games are meant to be important.
3. Video games are meant to be culturally relevant and/or sensitive.
4. Video games are meant to educate.
5. Video games are meant to break down stereotypes.
6. Video games are meant to change attitudes.
7. Video games are meant to encourage underrepresented groups.
8. Video games are meant to deconstruct
9. Video games are meant to be ethnically and gender diverse.
10. Video games are meant to be for those who "get" them.

There's a reason Nintendo has produced some of the best video games in the industry.

Anonymous Isidore the Farmer July 13, 2015 4:05 PM  

I don't consider myself a gamer, but I got a Wii U for our young kids because of how supremely fun and playable (over and over) games like Mario and Zelda continue to be. My kids and I have spent quite a few hours bonding playing New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart 8.

Blogger MidKnight (#138) July 13, 2015 6:33 PM  

Spent a lot of hours on your games. Thank you. Rest in peace

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 14, 2015 12:04 PM  

How sad, rest in peace, your influence on the industry remains SIG, solidified in gold.

Gaming wont be the same without you. Thanks for the endless inspirations in art and gaming thruout my life.

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