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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Dies At 55

The industry has lost a leader.

Nintendo has announced that their beloved CEO and president, Satoru Iwata, passed away on July 11 "due to a bile duct growth." He was 55 years old.

Iwata was first appointed director of Nintendo in 2000 and was then promoted to president and representative director in 2002 (following the resignation of Hiroshi Yamauchi). He became the Nintendo of America CEO in 2013. Iwata was treated for the bile duct growth last year, which was removed in surgery, but there were concerns about his rapid weight loss following the operation.

Iwata worked on all sorts of well-known IPs, including Earthbound and Kirby, and gamers loved him for his honesty and cheerful attitude. Last year, he took a 50 percent pay cut as an apology for the company's disappointing Wii U sales, which earned him even more respect.

He always said that in his heart, he was a gamer. Which means, in truth, we've lost one of our own.

Tags: satoru iwata, nintendo president, video game news

7/12/2015 9:19:20 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

Evil Incarnate
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 9:48:28 PM
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Sad day for the gaming community. Thanks for all the fun and entertainment you gave my family and I. I hope your second journey is better then the first.

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Peaks
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 9:50:38 PM
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R.I.P. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata

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Jawknee
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 10:12:08 PM
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Oh my this is absolutely terrible news. :(

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 10:26:37 PM

Devastating, one of the most genuine people in the industry.

“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,

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Jawknee
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 10:30:49 PM

Indeed. He was my favorite leader in the industry.

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souljah92
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 10:48:54 PM
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aw man kirby was freakin awesome

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Lone Wanderer
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 10:53:06 PM
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What!!? This is unexpected and out of nowhere! Horrible news... He was only 55. Smh.

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Corvo
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 11:37:52 PM
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My only question now is who is going to take his place? Obviously its sad and all but the next big boss is going to be the deciding factor of Nintendos future. Be it good or bad.

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Shauneepeak
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 1:07:18 AM

This is going to be a major issue. Reggie is the absolute obvious choice and should be the next head of Nintendo but that is never going to happen with Japan's Xenophobic culture there is no way in hell the old brass would allow a foreigner to run one of Japan's largest companies.

I am seriously worried they are going to follow the trend of choosing a stock market savvy mobile game loving business man as the next President and ruin Nintendo. =(

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TrueAssassin86x
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 6:49:36 AM

Reggie as boss of nintendo um no thanks. I rather see nintendo die with Satoru Iwata then have that fat a$$ run nintendo.

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Jawknee
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 1:27:36 PM

"Reggie as boss of nintendo um no thanks. I rather see nintendo die with Satoru Iwata then have that fat a$$ run nintendo."

This is the dumbest thing I've read on the Internet in a loooong time.

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PSTan
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 3:50:46 PM

I hear Miyamoto is in the talks. He's going to temporarily take leadership with another guy while a successor is being selected.

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SaiyanSenpai
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 11:42:56 PM
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So so sad. Rest in Peace Iwata-san.

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FAREEZ
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 12:45:52 AM
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gomeifuku wo inorimasu, Iwata-san...

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Shauneepeak
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 1:03:31 AM
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Saw the news earlier and was absolutely shocked. He will be missed by many.

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TrueAssassin86x
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 6:50:25 AM
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R.I.P Staoru Iwata

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Kryten1029a
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 7:04:08 AM
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While I believe that he made a number as missteps as CEO, he always struck me as the most genuine and un CEO-like of the bunch. Terrible news.

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Jawknee
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 5:57:09 PM
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This made my heart sink. Truly a wonderful human being by all accounts. Dedicated to fans and the company which her served. What other CEO's do you know who cut their own pay in half(as did Miyamoto) when times got tough? He really was a gem in this industry.

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JackDillinger89
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 @ 9:30:07 PM
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May he game in peace. He was too young to go. Hopefully though Nintendo will replace him with someone new.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 8:44:49 AM
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this is truely a very very very sad day for the games industry and a sad day for the gaming community.
just personally i reminds me of all the great child hood memories playing pokemon on the 2 GBA's he had on the trampoleen with one of my best friends in he summer days after school till late in the evening with the extra long days when the sun wouldn't go down till dark/dinner.
and that he was a park of that that i remember so fondly 10 over years ago.
so from me a personal thank you for those great games sir and my heart felt condolenses go out to his family at this time i wish the all the best.

and a great presence of much peace and comfort at this time that they might be wrapped in the the presence of love and wamrth and care as they deal with this tragic loss.

RIP from the gaming community

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