Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has sadly passed away today at age 55 due to bile duct complications. He's had heath issues over the past few years, but his death was still a surprise, as it didn't seem this bad to anyone.

Iwata gave Nintendo some of its best years, with the Wii and DS lines, and also some rocky ones with the Game Cube and Wii U, but his dedication to the company and his contribution to the industry is obvious.

Iwata started at Nintendo in the 80s, developing games like Earthbound, before becoming the fourth president of Nintendo in 2002.

A sad day indeed.

Nintendo press release:

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 07/13/2015 at 03:43am

Sad, indeed.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/13/2015 at 04:35am

Wow, this sucks. With that, he had a great run and I appreciate all his work over the years!

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 07/13/2015 at 07:40pm

During his time at HAL and later Nintendo he had a hand in developing some truly great games. His presence in gaming will be missed!

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