Nintendo President Dies at 55: Satoru Iwata
Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has passed away, the company announced in a press release on Monday, July 13. The beloved gaming icon died at the age of 55 on Saturday, July 11, due to a bile duct growth.
“Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing of Mr Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Global President. It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel at this time. Mr. Iwata was a strong leader, a unique figure in the gaming industry and an important part of Nintendo’s history.
“He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly. Just as Mr. Iwata challenged us to always push forward, we will ensure his legacy lives on through our ongoing work to always surprise and delight our fans. At this time our thoughts are with his family.”
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has expressed his sadness of the passing of Iwata –
“I am truly surprised and saddened by this unexpected news, the entire development team at Nintendo will remain committed to our development policy which Mr. Iwata and we have been constructing together and to yield the development results which Mr. Iwata would appreciate.”