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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away

Posted on July 12, 2015 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News | 0 Likes

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Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has passed away. The company said in an official document that his death came about due to a bile duct growth, which he had been previously treated for.

Here’s a look at the notice in full:

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Satoru Iwata started his gaming career when he joined HAL Laboratory following his graduation from university. He became the company’s president in 1993. Iwata became a part of Nintendo in 2000, and took over as president in 2002.

Iwata has regularly appeared in Nintendo Direct presentations to provide updates directly to fans over the past few years. He was also in charge of the Iwata Asks interview series, which provided interesting looks into the development of Nintendo games.

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  • Justin McQuillen

    no freaking way

    • Thomas_NE

      He’ll be remembered as an awesome programmer, a fantastic president who brought a ton of transparency to the company and I’ll always remember him for those charming Nintendo Directs. One of the most recognisable CEO’s of all time, that really embodied everything the company we love stood for.

      Rest in peace, mr Iwata.

      • Shippoyasha

        Yeah, for some reason, he didn’t struck me as some kind of a corporate suit. He still had the humility of the code monkey he used to be, when he slaved away at programming really oldschool Nintendo games even up to the late 90s and early 2000s when he’d still be a programming force to get many games make deadline or magically squeeze into the extremely limiting specs of Nintendo systems back then (especially the handhelds).

        His sense of humility and honesty was just awesome in Iwata Asks. And I hope Nintendo can continue that feature on their website in his memory.

        He will always be a true game development and gamer icon. He truly was one of us who managed to be able to climb up the ranks in the most honest and steadfast way. A true icon. I hope to be able to meet him again, someday.

      • asdf

        The people i know remember him for being a complete scumbag, a thief, and someone who punches his stockholders, because they ask about an “unethical money making method” (Micro Payments) while Iwata himself uses an equally “unethical money making method” (DLC).

        Those two things are basically the same. You have to pay more real money to get more stuff, hiding the real “full game” price from you in the shop.
        You can get lucky, and buy a 60$ game and get everything, or buy a 40$ game, and then pay 4 x 10$ to get access to all parts of the game…
        Freaking dirty scammers…
        Iwata promised us to NEVER have DLC on any Nintendo console. What a lousy thief… i would never have bough any “current gen” nintendo console, if he didn’t promise us to keep this garbage away from us… Or that we would get games for all big franchises, while there will actually be no Zelda or Metroid, the only important franchises they still have…

  • ImReallyNotAmused

    s h i t… πŸ™

  • Ryan

    Sad day he looked like Steve job’s must be Pancreas cancer it always diagnosed late

    • Matthew Bauernfeind

      bile duct growth

      • jpic

        Which is a cancerous tumor, and can happen in the bile duct found in the Pancreas.

        • Wyatt

          Bile Duct Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer are two different things.

          • jpic

            And how rare is somebody so eager to sound smart that they try to prove somebody wrong about something they weren’t even claiming?

            Apparently very common, since you felt the need to reply to TWO of my comments saying the same thing.

          • Patrick Richardson

            i’m pretty sure he was just trying to correct some misinformation…

          • jpic

            But it wasn’t misinformation, and it was his second comment in response to one of mine. The other one I posted had more detailed information, and he replied with the same statement saying I was wrong, but about something that I wasn’t even saying.

            Basically, it’s like if I said that an unknown piece of fruit someone ate could be either an apple or a pear, and he commented and said I was wrong because apples and pears are completely different things. I never said they were the same, just that it could be either, but he insists I am wrong because of his statement.

          • Not today guys

          • Wyatt

            Because you replied to two other people’s comments saying the same thing as well…

          • jpic

            No, I replied to two other people’s comments to provide clarification of what somebody else said. I never said anybody was wrong about anything.

            Except you. You continue to be impressively wrong in your accusations towards me.

          • Wyatt

            Please look at this comment you made: http://prntscr.com/7saktg
            When someone said it was a bile duct growth you tried to support the OP by saying stuff about the pancreas. That doesn’t make it Pancreatic Cancer. Unless you were trying to prove the person you were replying to as incorrect, you would not have replied. Your comment would be obsolete unless you are trying to prove that person wrong. Learn what context is and get back to me.

          • jpic

            See other comment about inferring and implying, as well as my reiteration about explaining the context of my comments.

            Then you may proceed to continue shouting at windmills.

          • Wyatt

            Please read my previous replies. Also…retake English 101. Actually, better yet, sign up for an ELL class because you don’t know how to communicate yet. It was foolish of me to think that you would reply with a comeback of actual substance. xD

          • Wyatt

            Something you don’t seem to understand is that not all speech rules are
            in black and white. There are certain ways that people speak, there are
            implications, inflections and mannerisms in how we present ourselves in
            the written and spoken word. When you replied to that comment, you
            implied that the person whom you were replying to said that bile duct
            growths could not occur in the pancreas when they made no such
            statement. You were implying that they did not already have this
            information, and therefore were incorrect in their conclusion that it
            was Bile Duct Cancer and not Pancreatic Cancer. By replying to the
            comment that you replied to you were implying that the original comment was correct in its conclusion of Pancreatic Cancer because otherwise your comment would be completely obsolete and unnecessary. Unless you were challenging the conclusions of the person whom you were replying to, you would not have made that comment, because when someone says it was a Bile Duct Cancer it is already implied that this cancer can occur in the Pancreas. Checkmate.

          • jpic

            Something YOU don’t seem to understand is that everything you just said about inflections and tone and such is rendered moot by the fact that I explained what my intention was after you decided to start attacking me over something I never claimed. Plus, you are confusing the words implied and inferred. Everything you just said is what YOU inferred from what I said. I didn’t imply anything, I explicitly stated something. You can’t blame me for what you are determined to see while reading.

            Also.

            “because when someone says it was a Bile Duct Cancer it is already implied that this cancer can occur in the Pancreas.”

            Your previous post:

            “Bile Duct Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer are two different things.”

            You are now contradicting your own statements. Your argument is invalid.

            Checkmate.

            Now, I’m sure you will still have some inane response to all this (why I don’t know), but I frankly don’t have the time or patience at the moment to deal with people so hell bent on continuing a non-existent argument. Should you reply, just imagine I repeated my earlier statement and argue with it to your heart’s content. It’ll have much the same effect as it were.

          • Wyatt

            How is that a contradiction? Pancreatic Cancer and Bile Duct cancer are two different things. Even if Bile Duct cancer can occur in the Pancreas…that does not make it Pancreatic Cancer. Are you stupid?

          • Wyatt

            Once again, unless you were trying to prove the person you replied to as incorrect, your comment would be obsolete. I don’t need to infer anything, your reply’s existence is proof enough. It’s really that simple. Checkmate.

    • Sean Philip Hearnden

      It literally says in the article what he died of. And he doesn’t like anything like Steve Jobs.

      • jpic

        *smacks forehead*

        1) He meant he physically looked like Steve Jobs did from his cancer, as in sickly.

        2) A bile duct growth means a tumor. As in from cancer. And a major bile duct (as there are several) is found in the Pancreas. So the bile duct growth could have been caused by Pancreatic Cancer.

        Try actually learning something before you start criticizing people for their comments.

        • Sherri

          Actually, the bile ducts are found in the liver, not the pancreas. Bile duct cancer is a rare cancer and is usually discovered only after it has metastasized to another organ, such as the liver. Prognosis is not good.

          Just FYI. πŸ™‚

          • wAllaby

            Bile is created in the liver; there are two bile just outside the liver that form to create what is usually called the bile duct. Small clarification.

          • jpic

            The Common Bile Duct (a portion of the Biliary tree which originates at the Liver and includes the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas) passes through the head of the Pancreas where it joins with the Pancreatic Duct to form the Ampulla of Vater before heading to the duodenum.

            Cancer of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas can all manifest as tumors within the Biliary Tree, i.e. bile duct growths.

          • Wyatt

            Literally five seconds worth of Google searches proves you wrong. Pancreatic Cancer is not as rare as Bile Duct Cancer. They are two different things.

          • jpic

            And literally five seconds of reading proves your comment worthless, as nothing of what you just said has anything to do with what I said in my comments.

            I never said they were the same thing, all I said was that Pancreatic Cancer COULD cause growths in the bile duct. So, until they say what he had, there is no way of knowing what caused them, and Pancreatic cancer is a POSSIBILITY, as the OP said.

            The growths could be from Bile Duct Cancer, or metastasized cancer of the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder. We don’t know.

          • C B

            jpic just mad he looks dumb on the internet

          • jpic

            Very eloquent, but you seem to be confused about who looks dumb here. You typed “jpic” instead of “C B”.

          • harrietsugarcookie

            No one would have had to google anything if they had just read the article…

          • jpic

            …did you even bother to read the comment thread? The whole thing was in regards to what a Bile Duct Growth could be indicative of. It means a tumor, but from what type of cancer? THAT wasn’t said, so that’s why this whole thread was going on.

            But then, you would know that if you had “just read” the comments.

          • Wyatt

            No you didn’t. Someone stated that Pancreatic Cancer and Bile Duct cancer are not the same thing and you told them that they were incorrect when in fact they were correct.

          • jpic

            Your reading comprehension is impressively pathetic.

            Once again, at NO point did I say they were the same thing, or that anyone who said they were different was wrong.

            ONCE AGAIN, I only said that the growth in question COULD be from Pancreatic Cancer.

            WE. DON’T. KNOW. YET.

            Get it through your skull what was said. So far, the only one arguing that anyone is wrong about anything is YOU.

    • Dystopiq

      Steve Jobs actually had a chance to save himself. it was discovered early and easily treatable.

      • Noah Essa

        It wasn’t until very late in the cancer stage he actually started modern medicine, where as in the early stages he used prayers and alternative medicine.

        • swincepatrickfeladio

          It always amazed me that someone that’s so smart in so many ways, decided to go with prayer and alternative medicine. I just don’t get it.

          • RealBroPenguin

            Uh… Faith?

          • asdf

            Yea, exactly, how does someone smart, have something stupid like faith?
            That’s like… a Doctor, who doesn’t know how a wheel works…
            Guy could have as well tried leeches… everyone knows THOSE heal everything…

          • Kyuuketsu-Jinchou

            gr8 b8 m8

          • hckpro

            He didn’t use prayers. He used mediation and an all-vegtable diet. He believed through healthy eating and the power of thought that he could will his cancer away.

          • Sean

            if he didn’t destroy his immune system by undergoing surgery at the last second (due to pressure from his family), Jobs most likely would have survived.

          • couky

            I know 2 people who eaten healthy directly from their garden and they still died from cancers… *sob*

      • David Fields

        Jobs’s condition was cause by his new age diet, but he wouldn’t quit

        • Dystopiq

          I don’t know about that but what I do know is everyone and their mom told that jackass to get treated properly instead of using homeopathy. He was super lucky. It was caught early and super treatable but no. He was too stubborn and then it was too late.

          • brunzero

            jackass? really man?

          • sorval

            In a way, Steve Job’s own douchebaggery ultimately killed him.

          • Dystopiq

            The guys had billions and could have saved himself. Hubris is deadly

          • His attitude made Apple and himself rich. You win some, you lose some.

          • David Fields

            He was a “Fruitarian”, eating almost nothing but fruit and nuts. Aston Kutcher tried it to prepare for the biopic and ended up in the hospital because of it IIRC

          • Dystopiq

            Oh god! That sucks.

      • Maximβˆ‘

        not entirely true, there is speculation it metastasized. Many doctors are saying treatment would’ve given him a little more time but it was far from being “curable” which is what many people believe..

        either way, doesn’t matter… both great people. Hopefully medicine evolves faster so it doesn’t happen in the future to others

    • SSGoku4000

      Steve Jobs wasn’t diagnosed late. He refused treatment and went on his own homeopathic remedies for 9 months before opting for surgery, at which point his cancer had grown out of control. His death was entirely his own fault.
      Please don’t compare him with Iwata (who actually went for treatment to try to stay alive and keep making the games he loved).

  • shaw98

    What in the… I can’t believe this. Iwata!!!! πŸ™

  • icecreamperson

    How is this going to effect the NX?! Jesus christ!

    • ImReallyNotAmused

      are you really thinking about that

      • icecreamperson

        I was saying that they can’t go on without him. I am in kinda shock right now

        • ImReallyNotAmused

          oh ok fair enough

        • D2K

          They will.

        • Hermione Granger

          yes its better to just shut down nintendo now for good. the wiiu have failed and without iwata this is the end.

          • Jack Red

            They have to continue on though. They can’t just shut down because the Wii U has failed and that Iwata is dead. I’m pretty sure that Iwata would probably want Nintendo and whoever his replacement will be to continue from where he left off.

          • Hermione Granger

            the shareholders are now let loose on the nintendo, so this will end badly if they continue….

          • Jack Red

            Not entirely, I think Miyamoto might try to keep the Shareholders from going crazy.

    • DKing

      Look, I have my grips with Iwata’s recent decisions, but have some damn respect

      • bige1985187

        Maybe now nintendo can crawl away fom their draconian era and be great again.

        • Jack Red

          Would you shut up? This is something tragic, and you say that? you’re an @$$hole!!

          • Dani Filth

            Yeah man have some respect for nintendo for refusing to listen to players to make a console that can handle 1080p 60 fps or shutting down millions of youtubers from nintendo game plays or stealing money from people. Have some respect for nintendo R.I.P

          • AquaBat

            Your last name describes you quite accurately.

          • Jack Red

            Dude, I’m saying to have respect for the people that actually cared about Iwata, and for Iwata himself.

        • KidGameR

          F€&@ you! Have some goddamn respect

        • F##k you dude

        • Ian

          In the immortal words of Buk Lou, Imma come ova dere witha two chopstick anda shove up ***hole.

        • Annie

          It’s actually the chance for shareholders to push their Pay2Win agendas….

          • TheGoomba

            THIS worries me. I’m extremely bummed out about the loss of Iwata, but the shareholders must be drooling.

          • Hermione Granger

            yes sadly now ninty will be dead in 2 years too, microtransactions in everything, dlc out parts of every game and release it unfinished and fix it laters.. blame the shareholders for ruin ninty.

          • Adderell

            Unfortunately, Mr. Iwata was probably the last line of defense against such methods. If only this weren’t true.

          • Nintendodo

            Not quite. Japanese CEOs can have their motions overruled by the other board of director members.

        • Familiarnobody

          You’re absolutely disgusting. Have some shame, you swine.

        • Stuart

          You are a awful human for saying that in an hour like this,have some godamn respect,this is no joke,someone just lost his life.

        • Meowth’spal21

          Wow. Not really appropriate at all… :I

          *sigh* Show a little respect… -.-

        • Markell Hawthorne

          You deserve to die.

          • Charazoradefense

            You deserve to shut up.

        • Aiden Coca

          You are such a jerk! Just be quiet this is a sad time.

        • Nero

          Maybe now you can stop being a jackass, and show some damn respect for the man. I’m shocked that people even liked your comment to begin with.

        • Alex Sieg

          Now is not the time!

          • Dong Lee

            Then what time is it? Time for Nintendo to stay in their draconian era never to rise again?

        • Dong Lee

          I absolutely agree man, I miss the old nintendo. Ya know, the one that was Ahead of the times instead of WAAAAY behind it.

        • SecretX

          He did more than You.

    • RealBroPenguin

      Dude, what the hell.

      • dwPIEWW

        It’s so odd. We didn’t get much info about this and now it comes up right now. It’s sad :'(

    • Coltari2

      Iwata passed away and the only thing you give a damn about is the NX?!

      • HyruleSmasher

        people are heartless forget him or her

    • awang0718

      Really??? What the hell is wrong with you?? Someone dies, and you are worried about the NX…I have no words…

    • STOPAC

      He JUST DIED. Show some damn respect you socially stupid failure at life.

      • Dong Lee

        This isn’t a social issue, ya professionally stupid failure at life

    • Leo Liu

      You utter failure of mankind./

      • icecreamperson

        I should of said something better i admit, i was just in shock. I admire this guy

    • Jinsei

      You do not have to care for his death but at least have some respect.

      • icecreamperson

        I worded that comment really bd, i’m sorry i am just in shock i don’t know what to say i admired this guy

        • Jinsei

          Ah I see. Be really careful with your wording. Honestly I’m not really mourning but that doesn’t discount those who are and very likely emotional at the moment but from what I’ve heard about this man… wow, he’s incredible.

        • KidGameR

          I’m sorry for the word πŸ™

    • User With No Name

      Stay Classy…

    • AuraGuyChris

      Nothing.

      You just wasted a perfectly good response to show some respect for the man but instead became concerned for a console nobody knows much about yet.

      • icecreamperson

        read my other comments to understand what i was saying. In short, I was in shock. MY brain just went all over the place and i can’t help but think what is going to happen without this man, who lead nintendo into the golden era and back

    • I hate to sound cold, but this “shouldn’t” affect Nintendo too much. He is not the founder nor the inventor of Nintendo. He was hired by Nintendo in 2,000 and appointed president in 2002.

      A timeline looks something like this:
      1. 1989 Nintendo was founded
      2. 1993 Satuoru Iwata worked for a company called “HAL” where they sometimes “aided” in creating Nintendo games.
      3. In 2000 he formally joined Nintendo and started working for them.
      4. He was appointed the president in 2002.

      While his death is definitely something that will be felt by the company, as far as management goes I have no doubt there is already a line of qualified/ambitious Nintendo employees ready to to take his place.

      • All Nonsense Considered

        Nintendo has been around since 1889. They went into the video game business in the 70’s. But your point is valid.

      • Hermione Granger

        was it because you got the gameboy back then that ninty suddenly was founded in 1989?…

        • woops typo, fixed that. Now go back to hogwarts

    • maurer156

      wow, what have u been playing lately that made you so heartless?!

    • Aiden Coca

      REALLY?! That is what your worried about?!?!?!

      • icecreamperson

        read my other replies. i didn’t mean it like that

    • Michael_Ponder_JR

      You should not even be thinking about such things.
      You should be thinking about the well being of his family, and those closest to him.

  • Pan Naan

    My heart skipped a beat

    • β™‘Princessβ˜†Peachβ™ͺ

      I had to do a double take…this took me by surprise…

      • Steven Aet

        It surprised the hell out of me as well.

  • shaw98

    Apart of me just died.

    • D2K

      A part of gaming just died.

      • asdf

        “A part of gaming aids just died”

    • Aiden Coca

      same

  • errantrazor

    πŸ™

  • RealBroPenguin

    T_T)7

  • Oh god, this is awful

  • shaw98

    Rest in peace Iwata. God rest your soul. Thank you for forming my childhood. πŸ™

  • Chubomik

    I didn’t expect my heart to skip a beat today. Man, Rest In Peace Iwata.

  • Jack Red

    IWATA NO! Someone please tell me that this is NE’s late April Fool’s day joke, some sick prank, some dumb rumor, or anything, He can’t be dead.

    • Kobe

      I don’t think anyone would joke about this πŸ™

      • Jack Red

        I know that, But I’m hoping that they are, cause it’s just really tragic. I’m actually trying to fight back tears as I type.

        • MarthaMyDear

          I’m so sorry that it’s true. Try and take care of yourself and play some Nintendo games in his honor.

          • Jack Red

            Yeah, I just hope Nintendo can get someone who is as amazing as Iwata to take over. Though it’s probably impossible/

  • Oh my goodness… I’m a huge HAL fan to boot so this is… Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata

  • nekoknight

    This is a lie. There is just no way this can be real.

  • uPadWatcher

    I am in an extreme state of shock to hear that Iwata-san passed away.

  • Pops Racer

    I can’t believe it, this is so devastating.

  • Tony B.

    Rip…SO SAD IWY C.C! Bye from Italy, wii love u.

  • Ritsuka Chan

    damn……… my condolences. Let’s hope Nintendo will return for glory days now.

  • Dascylus

    In Iwata’s honor, I’m going to buy a new game from the Wii U eShop. That said, I look forward to see who gets named as his successor.

    • Paul Escobar

      This post is the best way to honor Iwata and to do what he always wanted people to do: Play games and have fun

      • Dascylus

        Exactly, I plan to give my Wii U much love tonight and for the rest of the year because I know that’s what he would want all of us to do.

    • Hexodious

      I’m going to do something like that as well. Going to buy two Mario games when the next paycheck rolls in. Haven’t touch a Mario game since the Mario Kart series.

  • Tylos

    this is really sad… I’m so shocked I can’t really bring myself to believe it…

  • BoGGy

    HOW CAN I PLAY SPLATOON WITH THIS IN MY HEAD?!

    • BoGGy

      IWATA NOOOOOOOOOOOO

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAH

      • bige1985187

        Booze helps

        • Christian Baum

          Please, don’t talk

  • Infimus

    I’m speechless, i was aware of his health problems but I never thought that it was in such a bad shape, my sincere condolences.

  • Forsberg

    R.I.P

  • Vorlik Blade

    Rest in peace Iwata

    You will be remembered by all as a great man.

    • MarthaMyDear

      Agree Vorlik. Sad day. πŸ™

  • Kobe

    RIP Iwata. He brought so much happiness to me with video games. Hopefully this doesn’t change Nintendo too much and hopefully everyone stays calm.

  • Zympherior

    …No way…
    Well… Rest In Peace Mr. Iwata…

  • Ryan Hainley

    Rest in peace, Iwata-senpai :c I know you’ll go, directly, to heaven. You’ll be forever missed.

    • Christian Panov

      Kinda rude to adress him as “senpai”. Disrespectful weeb.

      • Ryan Hainley

        Kinda rude to assume I’m a weeb, and insult me over nothing. Get over yourself. I can address him as senpai if I want to. Doesn’t make me a weeb or disrespectful, just wanted to lighten the mood for myself because I looked up to him. Okie dokie? Good, cuz I’m done here.

        • Christian Panov

          You clearly don’t know how to use Japanese honorifics, so stop using them.
          You can’t just “senpai” people such as Iwata-san. It just doesn’t do them justice. I mean, yes, you can do so if you wish. But it will trigger reactions from others if you speak inconsiderately of respected persons, especially deceased ones. If you stood in front of, say, Obama, it would be inappropriate to call him your “bro”. Even if Obama died and you wrote a comment like “Oh no, Obama, bro, I miss you so!” there would probably be people that woulld find that rude.

          Well, at least you didn’t “chan” him. There’s probably people who’d do this, too.

          • Ryan Hainley

            Dude, I know how to use honorifics. I’m not stupid. Did you not even read my last comment? People can assume I’m a weeb and meant it in a rude way all they want but I used senpai to lighten the mood for myself. Obviously I’d say “-san” if I was speaking to him directly. And I’ll keep using honorifics when I want to, thanks for overreacting though. People clearly don’t know a light joke when they see one.

          • Christian Panov

            Yeah, I clearly overreacted, actually.
            Sorry, must be the general sadness about Iwata-san’s death.

    • XKCD

      *-sama

      • Ryan Hainley

        Nah, I meant senpai. πŸ˜›

  • Ms_Fortune

    I can’t believe this is real.

  • shaw98

    You know what made this the saddest, him dying when Nintendo has been in its most distressful time. Poor guy was probably thinking about where the company will go on his death bed. πŸ™

    • Jack Red

      What’s even worse, is that it was thought for quite sometime that E3 was Iwata’s last chance to redeem himself or he’d lose his position as CEO of Nintendo.

      • Exposer

        That was last year in E3 2014…Actually the approve rating for Iwata increase due to the excellent results for the company last year.

        • Jack Red

          I’m pretty sure that I read it was also for this year aswell.

    • Blake G

      they said he wasnt at e3 2015 for “minor health reasons”, THIS ISNT MINOR WHYYYYY

    • Liquid-Sunrise

      I know… πŸ™

    • AuraGuyChris

      “Distressful time” is nothing but a placebo. They’re still doing fine but people like to overblown things.

      If you want to worry about a console, that’d be the Xbox One in Japan.

      But anyway, he will be missed regardless. His quirkyness was something I loved to see all the time.

  • Liquid-Sunrise

    R.I.P. Iwata-san
    I will never forget the contributions you have brought to the gaming world. πŸ™

  • Karol Joestar

    you was the best guy in every direct you made me laugh and be happy on every news from you.. iwata you was one of the right guys in game history everybody loves you πŸ™ no direct with you anymore RIP iwata you was the best :/

  • Charazoradefense

    Sorry to hear about this but now Nintendo can do better things hopefully without him ruining them.

    • KidGameR

      Oh,that’s freaking wonderful what you’re saying >:(

    • SafetyPotato

      Wtf is wrong with you? I knew I would find shitheads like you in this comment section.

    • Alonzo Tompkins

      You’re scum.

    • awang0718

      There is something wrong with you…

    • Kenshin0011

      Iwata was about to drop bombs in the mobile market for Nintendo, I could feel it. I’m sure his ambition and plans will live on.

    • Aromaiden

      Iwata was one of Nintendo’s key parts. He guided Nintendo and even in the worst of times (like now) he made sure the company the survived and profited. He truly cared for Nintendo and was a great influence in the gaming community.

    • Dascylus

      A good man leaves the world… and we’re all left behind with scum like you -.-

    • bige1985187

      Agreed.Heres hoping the NX is even good.

      • WiiSage

        both of you are sick, a person died and this you have to say? should have been the both of you

        • Charazoradefense

          Go cry a river dude, Nintendo will recover

          • Aromaiden

            It won’t change the fact that an honored and respected man passed away today. He deserves to be mourned and respected for all that he has done.

          • bige1985187

            Once again,agreed.People die everyday,what makes him special?Because he worked at nintendo?

          • Aromaiden

            No, because when a person dies they deserve to be respected and mourned. They have passed away are gone forever and deserve a moment to be acknowledged and remembered for all they had done in their life.

            It makes no difference who they were, all people deserve to be properly mourned.

          • Charazoradefense

            Now if only Reggie can step down, then we’d be good.

          • Markell Hawthorne

            I actually mean this when I say it; I hope you die in the next hour.

          • AuraGuyChris

            Yet you diss someone’s death as if it was nothing.

            Utterly heartless.

      • Jdcomix

        You are a sick person, my friend.

    • Jdcomix

      F** You

      • Charazoradefense

        *Shm* Oh well.

    • AuraGuyChris

      He was surely just about to make mobile gaming actually not bad, you dolt.

    • Markell Hawthorne

      Disgusting human being.

  • Rest in peace. Thank you so much for what you’ve done for this wonderful company. You brought me so much happiness. I wonder what this will mean for the company

  • shenlong234

    R.I.P. Mr. Iwata. You will live on in our hearts.

  • KidGameR

    R.I.P. EarthBound savior

  • Ko

    This is extremely sad… He was not that old and this was unexpected…

    • Kenshin0011

      Japanese tend to live long and the cause of death isn’t usually lethal. Very unfortunate..

  • Anon_Amous

    Jesus Christ. I was hoping it was fake.

    RIP Iwata-san. Maybe people will finally understand.

    ;_;7

  • Haunter!

    Please understand in peace.

    • AuraGuyChris

      I can’t understand this time for a good noble reason! *cries*

      But seriously, this is a downer.

  • yo

    OMG! D: I still canΒ΄t believe it

  • Kenshin0011

    My heart just stopped while reading that headline…He had only good intentions for Nintendo at heart and will be missed πŸ™

  • Rafael Bueno

    No.. No… JUST NO!!!
    I WON’T BELIEVE THIS!!!

  • xTrucho3

    What?!?!?! Not like this man

  • awang0718

    Jesus Christ. This is easily the most shocking news I have heard all day.
    I honestly don’t know what to say.
    RIP Mr. Iwata

  • TheDonRob

    no no no no no NOOOO! This is terrible news. He will definitely be missed.

  • shaw98

    Nintendo directs, memes and the company in general will never be the same. I will really miss him. πŸ™

  • Angeline Kim

    omg
    no
    no
    no

  • Tylos

    he was so determined, he cut his own pay for the company when it was at a loss… and he seemed like such a jolly person… may he rest in peace.

  • jimmy

    What? No

  • YoshiSonic

    Inb4 the haters come and say “hur hur YES now we can finally get our 3rd party gaems!!1!!”

    • Thomas_NE

      So don’t be that guy

  • First Randy Savage then Dusty then Iwata. It’s like my childhood is fading away.

    Rest well.

  • Techno Mutant War Veteran

    Just….wow. Anytime can very well be the last time. RIP Iwata.

  • bige1985187

    The draconian era that nintendo has been living in may be over and just maybe nintendo can try and be as great as they were in the 90’s,if they can build the nx to be better than the PS4/Xboxone and not rely and the crappy gimmics that nobody asked for.

    • Jack Red

      Screw you! Quit focusing on “Nintendo needs to do this to be relevant again” When this is a depressing moment.

    • awang0718

      What the hell is wrong with you???

    • Dascylus

      I bet you’re a real hoot at funerals -.-

    • snesfreak

      Stop.

    • aceman1871

      Be quiet

    • BrambleBro

      Dude someone is dead and all you can think about is games, god

    • Aromaiden

      Realize that this was the life of a man who just passed away, something that can never be changed. He was a great man who truly cared for his company and helped craft the gaming world.

    • Jdcomix

      WHAT THE **** IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? THIS MAN MADE GAMES LIKE YOUR OH SO PRECIOUS EARTHBOUND AND POKEMON. POKEMON!!!!

    • Vigilante_blade

      I never liked his decisions as a president, but come on now, a man just died. Let’s show some amount of respect here.

    • Annie

      Mr. Iwata was trying to make mobile gaming actually be good but now that he has passed away it’s the chance for shareholders to push their Pay2Win agendas….

    • Markell Hawthorne

      I can’t get over how much I am starting to hate you.

  • BrambleBro

    RIP Iwata, Nintendo won’t be the same with the news coming directly from you..

  • peter

    pretty sure it’s fake, this post was made july 12, but the letter says july 13, meaning it must be a fake

    • You have no idea how time zones and the International Date Line work, do you? Or did you just forget about that?

    • Gio Reyes

      different time zone in japan…

    • Dascylus

      It is July 13th in Japan… can you time, bro?

    • It’s on Wikipedia man. That site doesn’t post fake deaths

      • JAS84

        Anyone can edit Wikipedia and at first it was uncited, leading some people to revert it as vandalism. So yes, Wikipedia does report fake deaths – it just quickly gets cleaned up.

    • Demie Duken

      Well, considering that side of the world is like way ahead of our time, literally…
      C’mon, don’t think they’d even remotely joke about something like this.

    • JAS84

      Timezones, dude. It’s July 13 in Japan already, but not in America.

    • Annie

      It’s on Nintendo of Japan’s official website….

  • tsubakimh

    OMG no!

  • snesfreak

    Man…Can’t believe it.

  • I will miss his Nintendo Directs.

    RIP Satoru Iwata.

  • JonΓ‘s Aranda

    No…No Please No!…
    This…is a sad day…to all the Nintendo Fans…

    Now Iwata…it’s in a better place…and we’ll miss him…

  • Rest In Peace Satoru Iwata. You have done so much greatness from Nintendo, from the handheld devices all the way to the Nintendo Directs with your great accent. May you always be remembered with all the other greats of Nintendo.

  • WiiSage

    I..I don’t know how to respond to this, doesn’t seem real but sadly is

  • Alonzo Tompkins

    I… i don’t know how to feel now. But i can say this… rest in peace Iwata. You were truly, truly, a good man.

  • Jose

    God rest your soul Iwata-san. We’ll never forget all the Directs you have done as well as your contributions to gaming as well as your part in making the first Smash with Sakurai.

    May you rest in peace… and thank you.

  • miglekk

    A legend dies D:, Thanks for everything Iwata !

  • Well This is a sad day in Gaming, I hope people regret their E3 Nintendo Criticism. I almost want to go get a WiiU in his memory

    • Dascylus

      I never once negatively criticized Nintendo for their E3 showing… sure, it wasn’t as amazing as last year, but I still had fun and felt like a kid again.

    • Operative

      Criticism of something is okay. The only people who should regret anything were people wishing I’ll upon iwata.

      • Vigilante_blade

        Amen. Criticism is a healthy thing that helps people better themselves. Just because we criticized Nintendo, it doesn’t mean we wanted Mr. Iwata to pass away. He is a human being first and foremost before he is a Nintendo employee.

    • Ranmaru

      They shouldn’t if it was legit. Yet I do feel it was good enough, just not amazing. People shouldn’t rag on Nintendo on not having an amazing showing this E3. There are still some titles I am interested in for my Wii U.

      RIP Mr. Iwata.

    • asdf

      Funny, everyone i know is glad that this jerk FINALLY can’t ruin any more Nintendo games. Lying piece of crap promised us so much and didn’t keep any promises… he didn’t deserve to lead Nintendo AT ALL…

  • RogellParadox

    We’re gonna miss this man… it’s a terrible news…

  • Strider

    I cannot handle anymore this week. I just had to let a family member
    die on Friday very close to me and I look to gaming to escape and as a person with a bad heart I am
    shaking now…I can’t take anymore I am over the edge.

    • Dascylus

      Bring it in, man… we’re all hugging it out right now.

    • Riku Ashwood

      We stand with you, loyal gamer. We all grieve together for Iwata, and I will grieve for your family as well.

      • KidGameR

        I know the feeling and it’s a awful one that i would never wish upon anyone

    • MarthaMyDear

      I’m so sorry Strider. Condolences to you and your family. Try and take care of yourself as best you can. Go ahead and do some gaming, it’s what Mr. Iwatu would want you to do. Blessings to you.

    • D2K

      My prayers go to you and your family. It does something feel like everything is dumped on us all at once. Iwata said himself that he was a gamer so let his spirit live on through you every time you pick up a controller.

  • Riku Ashwood

    Please Understand, these aren’t tears, I just washed my face and there is still water on my cheeks…

  • Noah Bonvissuto

    rip Iwata πŸ™

  • A person too lazy to sign up

    I can’t believe some people down there are saying stuff like, “uuhuhu now NIntendo will get better.”, that’s low and selfish. It’s good to see that a majority of us care deeply and will miss someone as great as him.

    • snesfreak

      Those are words too nice for those people.

    • HyruleSmasher

      in my country some call this black tongue… because only a few month a lot of people wanted him dead. i’m sorry it hurts because i was always seeing his on nintendo news site, in which i had gain a like to his personality. πŸ™ he will be miss The father of the DS

  • Sanguinius blood

    to think that last month he was fine on E3 =(

    Rest in peace. Mr. Iwata, The gaming world mourns your loss

  • Sandeman21

    My heart just skipped a beat. He was the sweetest most honorable and sincere CEO out there. He will be forever and ever remembered. R.I.P.

  • patrickres9

    Terrible for all of us hobbyists who got to enjoy everything he’s done for the industry. Tragic, and I wish his family and colleges well as they heal.

  • SparkRaid

    I hope Mr. Iwata rests in peace. My condolences to his family, close friends, and everyone at Nintendo.

  • KnightWonder

    Goodbye…

  • I hope Nintendo will give him some sort of tribute… <3

    • HyruleSmasher

      they will he deserve it.

    • They should. He was a fantastic businessman and he did an awful lot for Nintendo. It would be disrespectful for them not to do so

    • D2K

      They will in due time.

    • couky

      I want them to put him in Animal crossing, he will stay forever in my viallage like that πŸ™

  • HyruleSmasher

    You see why its not nice to wish some one bad things, the man was sick, it is very sad to hear this i feel the pain… he brought change to the company he made a lot of kids and adults happy. may his soul rest in piece. You will be miss Satoru Iwata. πŸ™

  • MrDestreza

    Farewell Mr. Iwata…

  • Pepelota

    LOL

    • Kobe

      go f yourself

    • A person too lazy to sign up

      There are no words to describe people like you.

    • Blue_guts

      [[midfing]]

    • snesfreak

  • davidzilla

    RIP

  • archenoth

    Oh jeez, RIP. πŸ™

  • Omar Kamal

    So did my childhood :'(, RIP

  • Mloclam McCoy Nomdnih

    He didn’t even seem sick man.

    • HyruleSmasher

      i always had a feeling he was hiding something

  • MhX
  • Blue_guts

    =””””””””””””””””””””””””'(

  • Heinz Catsup

    R.I.P. Man

  • ☯Yusuke Urameshi☯

    oh god why :C

  • Vigilante_blade

    I’m sad to hear this. Whether I agreed with some of his latest decisions or not, I found the man endearing and charming. My thoughts go to his friends and family. Rest in peace.

  • Kobe

    I didn’t think this would happen till i was 20 years older

  • Br00talK1d

    no care ever

    • I really hope you get banned for that remark

      • D2K

        Can people get banned on this type of message board?

    • A person too lazy to sign up

      . . .

  • Death Mark

    Rest in piece Mr. Iwata. Your Nintendo Direct presentations and Iwata asks not only bridged the gap between the world and japan, but also gamers and developers. You remain an inspiration to all in the industry.

  • Nation State

    Sympathies to his family. Game industry lost a heavyweight, respected by most people regardless of fanboyism.

  • mario

    oh god! quick press start…. ok too late game over… mario sad

  • Daniel Kim

    Oh Jesus, there goes the creator of my childhood πŸ™ RIP

  • Stromlos

    Worst Sunday Ever #RIP

  • I don’t care if you guys agreed with how he handled Nintendo or not, he was such a kind man and genuinely loved video games and he tried to bring some creative ideas to the table like them or not. I am so deeply saddened right now, I don’t think I’ll cry but my god do I want to so bad.

    • FunAtParties

      I know. I’m getting tired of the “I didn’t always agree with you..” stuff. This isn’t about that right now, the man just died, just pay your respects and leave it at that.

  • Also this is one of the few times where I think heavily modding the comment section is appropriate.

    • snesfreak

      I agree…

  • YoshiSonic

    He will be missed, especially by the banana..

  • ChaosNocturne

    i demand every test that ever existed be done on shigeru miyamoto we cant lose anyone else

    • Kobe

      what about sakurai πŸ™

      • ChaosNocturne

        shigeru is more importaint

  • TalesOfBS

    Rip. Despite the screw ups recently i really liked him, a lot.

  • icecreamperson

    He was a genius of programming. You will be missed but not forgotten. http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18d68xjw0de0dgif/original.gif

  • tsubakimh

    I’m tearing up right now…I thought he was ok after that surgery…what the heck happen?

  • Chris

    no, just no.

  • icecreamperson

    I’m sad he won’t be able to see his new project get finished, the NX. As someone that is as passionate about his work as he is it must of hurt him.

  • AutoBlaze

    So sad. How and where would Nintendo go in the future…

  • honestly thought this was some sort of sick joke at first…truly a terrible loss, rest in peace Iwata.

  • YoshiSonic

    He will be missed by me, the fans, and the banana

  • icecreamperson

    This will effect all of nintendo’s projects, unless, they were preparing for this. IT would be sick but… idk

    • ChaosNocturne

      shigeru miyamoto should take over

      • Vigilante_blade

        He’s a creator, not a company manager, I’d rather keep him away from that role and he doesn’t seem to have an interest in it.

        • TalesOfBS

          It seems that Miyamoto was never interested in being the head of Nintendo, he only seems to be interested on the development side and testing new features, devices.

      • Aromaiden

        Now probably isn’t the best time to discuss business. It’s a moment of mourning after all.

    • Operative

      I’m sure they have had plans for replacement ever since he got sick. It’s not bad, it’s just business.

  • AddynoSeirei

    Sheesh, what a month this has been for me… First my great-grand mother passed away over a week ago, and now this…

  • ChaosNocturne

    we must show our love with bunches of bananas we will miss you

  • UltimaLuminaire

    My condolences to his family.

  • OH NO………..this is tragic news and very very very sad. I feel a great deal of sorrow but very shocked at the same time. The man was a visionary and had a great mind for the business side of gaming. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. While some may have not agreed with some of his decisions and plans, he was still a genius and a very sweet humbled man. RIP Iwata-san, we Nintendo fans will never forget your unprecedented contributions to the world of gaming. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten

  • Mccuish1525

    R.I.P πŸ™

  • K2L

    And I thought this Sunday was bleak already….

  • AuraGuyChris

    There goes a legend from the world… R.I.P Iwata.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    We’re gonna miss you, Iwata.

  • MarthaMyDear

    This sucks! Read about it for first time on Reddit, why isn’t this covered by MSM? Condolences to his friends, family, and Nintendo fans everywhere.

  • Skillped

    Rip in tacos, now Nintendo possibly go declining sales :c

    • uPadWatcher

      You need to get a life. We do not tolerate a**holes like you f***ing up the video game community. Stay away from this blog, cancer boy!

      • Skillped

        Wot?, wait mai frend, i’m a Nintendo fan, i just said, with the dead of Satoru Nintendo possibly goes down, he has a good ideas and saved Nintendo from bankruptcy.

  • RIPIWATA

    I really wish that this was a prank…. :/

  • Asuka gonna get dat booty

    R.I.P

  • SM

    Rest in peace Mr. Iwata i know you was under a lot of stress with all the things you had to do

  • Phasma Avius Tacitus

    R.I.P.

  • nocussing

    F.

  • Shonari Robinson

    this … this has to be a joke …
    RIP good sir

  • BRUH

    Why?!? why does this have to happen?!?!?

  • Kevin McLeod

    it is very sad to see a president of nintendo pass away. I have a lot respect for him regardless of the decisions he makes. May he Rest In Peace and may his family workers and company find happiness that nintendo can go on without him.

  • Let’s take this time to appreciate all the good that he’s done, both for the gaming industry and gamers everywhere. He’s made a great positive impact that will forever remain in gamers’ hearts worldwide. ❀

  • N23

    Guys, icecreamperson didn’t mean what he said. he was in shock.
    You guys didn’t have to get batshit on him.

  • SolidSonicTH

    Death unfortunately comes for us all.

  • Leonel

    R.I.P Iwata you will forever be a legend. You did so much for nintendo and created my childhood to a great one. I started with a n64 and went full way to GC, Wii and Wii U plus the handhelds from gameboy advance to 3ds i am a true nintendo fan. You brought and contributed so much to nintendo just look at how successful the handhelds were and as well as the wii. You make amazing games and it’s very sad that we won’t be hearing Directly anymore :'( I am saddened you are gone and may your soul rest in peace. Thank Satoru Iwata for everything Your family well always be proud at everything and All of us fans will forever respect you as a legend.

  • ArbiterZero

    we Need a Satoru Iwata Amiibo in memory of him. so he may be gone but he will always live on in our hearts, our memories, and in the very games he helped create. Mr. Iwata we miss you already, and we will never forget you.

  • AquaBat

    He passed away on July 11th. They waited two days to break the news. That’s quite noble of them, but at the same time I wish they would’ve said something sooner.

    • Jack Red

      I get the feeling they knew people would be pretty depressed if they knew that right away.

    • D2K

      Well it’s really one day. Remember Japan is ahead of us.

      • AquaBat

        …Uh, that would make it two days in Japan. It was early July 13th in Japan when the news broke.

        • D2K

          Well maybe I’ve got it backwards. Still not a big deal.

  • lucaslink2

    Rest in peace, you were one of the pillars that moved Nintendo and a lot of us gamer to the wonderful world of videogames.

  • YoshiSonic

    …Mama mia..

  • AJK

    Oh no! RIP Iwata. As a die hard Nintendo fan I am going to miss your quirky sense of humour in the Nintendo Directs, and your amazing fearlessness when dealing with shareholders. Whoever takes your job has very tough shoes to fill.

  • windstar

    Rest in peace.

  • Annie

    Mr. Satoru Iwata, you truly were one of a kind, thank you for all of your hard work, for all the directs, for all the Iwata Asks, for debugging Smash Melee, for the memes, for all the joy, fun and laughs, thank you so much for all of your contributions to Nintendo and the industry, you will never be forgotten by gamers, the industry and by everyone who got to know you, my condolences to all the co-workers, friends and family of this icon of gaming <3 may you rest in peace Mr. Iwata :')
    http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1444469/satoru-iwata-nintendo-muppet.png

    • Vigilante_blade

      Melee being my favourite game of all time, I am grateful that I got to play this game thanks to him.

  • Alexandre

    I had a Nintendo Supercharger.

  • YoshiSonic

    Remember guys, he won’t be forgotten. Alot of people cared for him.

  • David Dias

    And the last thing the man saw from Nintendo fans, was the shitstorm all across the internet saying Nintendo E3 was the worst ever πŸ™ may we honor his death by keeping his legacy alive, and supporting great Nintendo games

  • Yeltnerb1

    Clearly, this is an omen.

  • Igna

    My condolences to Satoru Iwata’s family. This must be hard on Nintendo as well. Thank you for all you’ve done, Mr. Iwata. The joy and inspiration Nintendo gave me as a child still remains with me to this day. You’ll always be remembered by this Nintendo fan.

  • Cyber Slammer

    So dead

    Much gone

    Many tears.

  • Melatelo

    This is really sad. It’s hard to imagine Nintendo without Iwata. May he rest in peace.

  • Christopher Noggle

    RIP good sir…

  • Cyber Slammer

    πŸ™

  • R.I.P. Satoru Iwata.

  • Laszlo Boocz

    Damn that really sucks. RIP and condolences to his family

  • Stuart

    And the last thing he spoke to US was that apologize for the E3,man I fell SO bad,I hope he knews about his importante, that we loved him,that he didn’t took serious all that stupid hate from the fanboys.

  • jpic

    R.I.P. Iwata-san. We’ll leave the luck to you now.

  • EssentiaX

    I can’t say I liked the man, but it’s always sad when someone passes away. We live in a vile, cruel world. May you rest in piece, Iwata. And I hope Nintendo continues strong without you.

  • TimmyP

    this guy helped bring us Earthbound, everyone should play it in his honor.

    • Markell Hawthorne

      If it wasn’t for him, it wouldn’t have been released at all. Why did such a nice man have to leave so soon? <:'(

  • Tyler Durden

    Truly devastating. Never has a celebrity death has affected me this much. I’ve been a Nintendo gamer since I was five years old (25+ years). This is pretty hard as I’ve loved the company ever since then. Farewell, old friend, and find Peaches and Castles in the sky.

  • Tiberian_Fiend

    This is a fantactic opportunity for Nintendo to move out of the past and into the present.

    • uPadWatcher

      Show some f***ing respect to the company, for Ch***t’s sake! We are mourning the loss of a great Nintendo president and CEO.

    • Dude that’s not even important right now. A legend just died so please have a little class and show some respect

    • VΓ©io Laser Martins

      What an a**hole…

  • Operative

    This hit me very hard. I may have not agreed with his leadership, but he loved gaming and gamers. I respected that

    • Vigilante_blade

      Yeah, we may criticize the company, but I had no issues with him as a person, and I’m sure you didn’t either.

      I sincerely feel saddened by the news.

  • D2K

    I………………this can’t be real. I literally almost fell on the floor when I saw this. I can’t believe it. This is tragic.

  • ben
    • uPadWatcher

      #respect

  • Jack Bailey

    I knew he wasn’t well, in all his recent appearances he looked physically worse and despite them saying his E3 Absence wasn’t health related it was clear he was still suffering. I can only hope that the suffering wasn’t too bad in his final days because he seemed such a nice man who has contributed so much to the gaming community and will truly not be forgotten. R.I.P. Iwata-San, my thoughts are with all of you family and close colleagues at Nintendo.

  • The Best Bully

    I hope the board of directors in Japan and Reggie are next in line soon enough.

    • uPadWatcher

      Now is the perfect time for me and everyone here to FLAG you!

      • snesfreak

        Hopefully something is done about these kinds of comments.

    • You went from mynintendonews.com to coming here with that nonsense. Like I told you when you were there, I really hope you get banned and blocked. People like you don’t deserve to be on the internet anyway or a part of society for that matter

      • D2K

        Oh brother. One of those. *smh*

    • Vigilante_blade

      Well, you do your name justice. This isn’t the time.

  • Lio Matsuda

    All the things I want to say, but nothing coherent is coming out πŸ™ rest in peace Iwata, you were an amazing person and brought so much joy to my childhood.

  • γ‚­γƒ­

    It was tragic to hear of the loss so suddenly. I am sure there are tasteless jokes all around, and indeed people have their own way of mourning and compensating for it, and some really do not care, and some may even rejoice.

    But a passing is the passing of a human, not the president or CEO of some company, not this man who’s policy you may have disagreed with, just a regular person, aged 55. Please rest in peace, Iwata Satoru.

  • Adrian Brown

    He always looked so happy. I’ll always have that memory in my head. THANKS FOR PLAYING, Iwata-san!

  • Rex T.

    Sad news. R.I.P.
    As a gamer, thanks for HAL lab games, also thanks for bringing DS and Wii series.

    Just hope Nintendo can continue to make consoles and games after Mr. Iwata leave.

  • D2K

    I’m not a moderator, but there really needs to be some decorum in here. We all have our opinions of Iwata, but the man just passed away, Show some respect for HIM, show some respect for his family show some respect for his colleagues, and show some respect from the millions of Nintendo fans that loved him.

  • brunzero

    truly a sad moment

  • FunAtParties

    Tragic… he’ll never know it, but he was a huge part of my life. This is like losing a family member. Regards to his family and all other Nintendo fans, we lost a good one today.

    Iwata, you will be missed, I can’t say that enough.

    • Locky Mavo

      I’ll be pouring one out for him for sure.

  • Locky Mavo

    Damn, was not expecting this first thing in the morning. Truly a sad day.

  • Jace Mindue

    R.IP. thanks for a good childhood……

  • Ragnell

    Wtf!? This is terrible news…

  • Thomas

    This was unexpected and I thought he would recover. Now, who will suceed him as President and CEO.

  • jutholmes

    condolences to his family and friends

  • This is so bad. RIP Iwata.

  • Pineapple dude

    As soon as I read that Head line, I was just shocked

  • Charazoradefense

    My comment was deleted so I’ll post it again, Babies that are complaining about I said need to grow up Nintendo will recover.

    • snesfreak

      Your comment was deleted for good reason, and now it’ll be deleted again.

      • Charazoradefense

        Then I’ll keep reposting it you baby.

        • uPadWatcher

          You really are a pain in the a$$.

  • Charazoradefense

    Sorry to hear about this but now Nintendo can do better things hopefully without him ruining them.

    • Pineapple dude

      Yea, I would like to see the new direction of Nintendo, hopefully a new leader that is not out of touch of the gaming indusrty, but at least show some respect

      • uPadWatcher

        You and your boyfriend need to stay away from this blog. We do not tolerate pretendos like yourselves.

        • Pineapple dude

          “pretendos”. Yea.. whatever you say

          • uPadWatcher

            Yeah… now flock off.

          • snesfreak

            You said “but at least show some respect” after doing the opposite.

    • Princess Peach

      How about showing some respect, you say he ruined things for Nintendo.. He took risks and tried new things which is more than can be said for others, he had a lot of heart and she showed it well.
      Rest in peace Iwata, you will be missed.

  • Michael Cortorreal

    I read the news on Siliconera.
    Geez man…what a shocker.
    Rest in peace Iwata…

  • sonicfan1373

    This is awful. I might have criticized Nintendo from time to time (only because I love the company so much), but I always admired and looked up to Mr. Iwata. He ran the business with integrity, even at times of challenge he looked to the future and picked himself and everyone else backup. One quality I loved so much about him was that he did not see his employees as mere commodities like so many other CEOs do; he refused to layoff anyone despite pressure on him from shareholders. He was a kind and patient man and I will miss him very much. My condolences go to his family, friends, and everyone at Nintendo and HAL who were lucky enough to work under this man.
    One of his goals at Nintendo was to put a smile on people’s faces. I cannot speak for everyone else, but his games and the games that Nintendo developed under him certainly put a smile on my face.

  • thanks for all Mr Iwata-san sooo freaking sad right now

  • D2K

    I don’t think anything like this has happened before with someone of this level passing away while in office in gaming. This really is a nightmare. Just think about the fact that Hiroshi Yamauchi only passed a few years ago, now Iwata is gone. πŸ™

  • Charazoradefense

    Sorry to hear about this but now Nintendo can do better things hopefully without him ruining them.

    • uPadWatcher

      You really have no life or soul. Pay some freaking respects to Mr. Iwata!

      • snesfreak

        Hoping the mods find the ban button, but I’m sure he’ll be back under another account. Like all comment section trolls.

    • Dascylus

      Are you going to keep doing this until Brian bans you himself?

      • Charazoradefense

        Oh I could get banned on here? Lol I can easily make a new account unless I get IP banned.

        • uPadWatcher

          You really have no life, pretendo.

        • blaq

          and we hope you do being that you are so horrible

      • Charazoradefense

        Also people just can’t take it when someone like me says somethings like this? Wow you people are just too sensitive.

        • blaq

          you souldnt be saying it we can take it that doesnt mean you should say it.

    • blaq

      Iwata and Yamauchi are the only reason gaming is where it is today so bow down and pay your respects.You dont say bad things about a dead person.

  • Carlos

    RIP Mr Iwata. We will really miss you.

  • superphillip32

    Immediately people are making “what does this mean for Nintendo” comments and “now Nintendo can move on from Iwata’s ancient policies” posts.

    A lot of you are human garbage. Seriously. No class whatsoever.

    • snesfreak

      And apparently we’re “babies” for being offended by the horrible disrespectful garbage being said by them.

      • blaq

        Still everyone is and should be wondering about it but disrespecting him to do that is wrong

        • Dascylus

          Seems right now it might be between Takeda and Miyamoto, who are the highest rated senior officials at Nintendo as of Iwata’s passing. I love Miyamoto, which is why I don’t want him to become President and CEO, I want him to continue doing what he loves: making games.

          • D2K

            I’m sure that they have contingency plans in place.

          • blaq

            We all love Miyamoto its just that im not sure A hed want it B he can lead this big of a team.

          • Dascylus

            Though since the title is “CEO of Nintendo of America Inc.”… it’s possible that may go to Reggie, since he’s now the highest ranking senior official at NoA after Iwata’s passing.

          • D2K

            Well, most likely. We still don’t have a lot of details as to what happened. Iwata has been sick for awhile now. They may already have had contingency plans in place. Most major companies do.

          • TalesOfBS

            Pretty sure Iwata has his Dead Hand setup somewhere.

            What i am worried about is this leading to hungry-for-mobile-profits shareholders trying to take advantage of it. Who knows how many minds they could have changed since the Dena deal was made.

      • Charazoradefense

        Nintendo will move on you guys are too sensitive.

        • uPadWatcher

          You need to grow up and respect the loss of Mr. Iwata.

          • Charazoradefense

            Are you just going to spam on every little post I make? Loser

          • uPadWatcher

            The only loser in this mother is you, troll spam.

          • Charazoradefense

            You’re a mom? Go back to your kids or something, bet they’re failing school…

          • uPadWatcher

            And you’re a freaking manchild. Respect Nintendo or we’ll continue to flag your hypocritical a**.

          • Charazoradefense

            How am I being a manchild…? All I’m doing is trolling.

          • Dascylus

            You know, a good troll doesn’t admit to being a troll.

  • SquareSide

  • bakedapplepie

    Very shocking and sad news. Now a lot makes sense with him not leaving Japan for so many events. I truly admired Mr. Iwata and I feel for his family. He truly cared for Nintendo.

  • Heather Peacock

    RIP

  • thatjuanguy…

    BRUH…. ;-;

  • Airsh Bornely

    I’ve been speechless for so long now…..I’m at loss for words. I don’t know what to say…except RIP Satoru Uwata.

  • Sage

    I don’t understand. πŸ™

  • link2metroid

    I’m sorry. God bless him and give his family the strength to recover. Yes there’s been differences but he put the the best interests at heart.

  • Charazoradefense

    Sorry to hear about this but now Nintendo can do better things hopefully without him ruining them.

    • Adderell

      You should chill dude, respect the man for what he brought to gaming… and for what he didn’t (micro-transactions and incomplete titles among other things…

    • uPadWatcher

      You’re the one who’s ruining the video game community. I hope your sorry a** gets banned on the spot.

      • Charazoradefense

        I’m just one person, and you don’t even know who I am. Unfortunately this is my darker, rarely used troll side.

        • uPadWatcher

          You’re just a nobody… a nothing… a troll… and an a**hole.

    • Dascylus

      Sometimes I wonder if the wrong person was taken from us.

  • Fish

    55 is just to young man.

  • kaisergali

    may he rest in peaces. I still remember he reduced his salary when nitendo was at its hard times to avoid any nintendo employee to lose his job. He did so many things and will definetly miss him in every nintendo direct.

  • Nathan Postle

    Literally a more depressing day than it should have been…I was having tough times at work and now this. RIP Mr. Iwata. T_T

  • RenjiXIII .

    Iwata isn’t dead, because a person only truly dies when they are forgotten, and we sure are never forgetting him.

  • Travis Maiden

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO D’:

  • RIP. Thank you for all of the memories you gave us.

  • Aiden Coca

    Rest in Peace Mr. Iwata. You were a great Nintendo President. May the best be with you in Heaven.

  • Nintendodo

    Iwata, thank you so much for your contributions during your career with Nintendo. Thank you SO MUCH for getting Nintendo through the hard times and keeping things fun for us.

  • Annie

    “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

  • D2K

    It’s really sad that as I go up and down this thread the vast majority of posts are of people cursing out people who have taken this opportunity to draw attention to themselves that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

    Look folks, don’t pay attention to those people. Don’t let them get you riled up. Just ignore them. Eventually, they’ll go away. Focus on paying respects to Iwata-san and perhaps start sharing some positive stories about him. I know people have plenty. Let’s get that started shall we?

  • Baby_Raptor

    Half the world’s childhoods died today.

  • AD08

    Still in so much shock/disbelief. Nintendo directs will never be the same without his quirky touch. He was always so optimistic/passionate for Nintendo’s future and I loved that about him. A sad day for the gaming industry. RIP Mr. Iwata <3 I'm so sad and sorry for how he lost his battle, but he will be missed.

  • donzaloog

    This is a sad day for all of gaming. So soon after Yamauchi too.

  • Mario

    Sad day for vidya. RIP Iwata Sensei!

  • Garrett Robinson

  • MagcargoMan

    I only just found out less than an hour ago and it was just by reading an acquaintance’s twitter feed. I’m shocked that this happened and didn’t even suspect it.

    Farewell Iwata.

  • Ivan Luna

    R.I.P. Satoru Iwata you bring some good games for us the gamers.

  • Nana Imouto

    who will be president now?

    • Blanco8x8

      Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Taked will temporarily run the company until they decide on who will officially take Iwata’s place.

      • Nana Imouto

        i see

  • Blake Good

    Will Reggie take over again as CEO of NoA? What well happen to NoJ now that the president has passed away? R.I.P.

    • TheRich4270

      I would say that it’s great that you paid your respects to Iwata, if you didn’t make many posts insulting the guy months before his death over some Virtual Console games.

      • Blake Good

        I know, I was sorry for it when I heard that he died.

        • TheRich4270

          Oh. Alright, then.

  • I’m actually crying right now. I can’t believe this, Iwata deeply cared for his job and made Nintendo Directs so fun to watch. Iwata, I hope this message somehow reaches ‘directly’ to whereever you are: “Rest in peace.”

  • KevMTL

    GAME OVER

  • Zer0dotexe

    We’ll never get to hear his deliberate, methodical english sooth us in a Nintendo Direct again.. Seriously, we all knew he was having health issues, but I didn’t realize it was that bad. This really shook me up. I’m going to replay Pokemon Silver in his honor (he’s the reason why we can go to Kanto)

  • x-scizor

    Rest in Peace to an amazing man. It’s a sad day to see someone go especially at only 55 πŸ™

  • NoLifeDGenerate

    So he started being in charge of things in 2000? That’d be right about when the N64 era ended and Nintendo started to suck. I hope the next guy tries to return Nintendo to the way it used to be.

    • Jack Red

      I actually think it was 2001-2002 when you could actually consider the N64 era ended, Since the N64 still had support in 2001.

  • Emanuel Pugh

    Just dont pick miyamoto as the next president.

    • D2K

      Genyo Takeda has been there the longest besides Miyamoto in a managerial position. If anyone on-staff will succeed Iwata it will probably be him. If they want a quick and smooth transition then he would take over as CEO and President, Reggie Fils-Aime would take over as NoA CEO and president, and Bill Trinen would take over a President of NoA.

      However it’s way too early to be talking about this.

  • Amir

    pc only gamer here, and i’m really sorry that we lost such an amazing man. rest in peace πŸ™
    F**k this world

  • SecretX

    :,(

  • RoadyMike

    While many can be critical of Nintendo under Iwata’s presidency,you simply have to realize that not all the bad decisions were made by him(or at least,by him alone).Iwata had many great ideas for Nintendo,like universal voice chat,but the board of directors at Nintendo wouldn’t allow it.Iwata didn’t have as much power as we thought he did as the prez.

    β€œOn 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

    He knew more about games than previous Nintendo presidents.Let’s look at all the great things he’s done:He helped create Balloon Fight,he saved HAL Lab. when he became their president(before even working directly for Nintendo),gave Sakurai the ok to create Kirby’s Dreamland,Co-developed Smash Bros,coded Earthbound on his own,made it possible for Pokemon G/S/C to contain BOTH Kanto and Johto.

    “Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone!” – Satoru Iwata
    He’s not a man anymore,he’s a Legend. R.I.P Iwata san

    • Jin Jinathin Pitts

      he done great thing, but for recent years, cant deny company hasn’t been doing well as they used to be. Time has changed, as well as the market. Not saying this is not sad or trying to not pay him respects, but probably better that he aint CEO anymore for Nintendo. Long as whoever becomes next understands what current Fan base wants, it could all for the better

      • RoadyMike

        Again,its not entirely his fault that Nintendo hasn’t been doing that well.The other members of the BoD and the shareholders are the ones to blame,if anyone.Its bad enough Iwata had to go with us being so sour towards Nintendo for the recent E3,among other things.And there’s no guarantee that whoever comes next will be a better leader(or as good with Nintendo Directs)

  • Walyc

    May he RIP and Duck Hunt forever.

  • ehead

    I am deeply saddened by this news. It came out of nowhere. Damn. Rest in peace Mr. Iwata. πŸ™

  • Annie

    • Locky Mavo

      Not to be a buzzkill, but Iwata passed on the 11th of July, as it says in the article.

      • Annie

        I know but the video is still pretty good… can’t believe he passed away, Directs won’t be the same without him….

        • Jack Red

          I actually feel like Iwata probably knew that he wouldn’t live much longer. Remember his excuse for why he wasn’t in the Mini Direct in Japan? He said that he didn’t think that people would want to see an old man like him in the Directs all the time. But I believe it was possibly to try and get the Japanese Nintendo gamers to be slightly more accustomed to the other guy. (Who’s name unfortunately escapes me.)

        • Locky Mavo

          True dat, truly stocked when found out this morning.

  • Wanderlei

    RIP Iwata

  • IndigoRift

    I thank you for your contributions to the world, Satoru Iwata. Rest in peace.

    I wish the best of luck to you and your site, Brian. It is among the very best video game sites I’ve seen and was certainly my top favorite. I’ll be taking my permanent leave. Thank you for presenting news so tirelessly; and again, may all fare well for you.

  • chancetime

    He may be gone, but his spirit lives on his creations. Pick a good nintendo game, any good nintendo game and there’s a decent chance that iwata was a part of it in some way, whether making magic out of Earthbound’s original messy code or being executive producer like Twilight Princess.

    Gone too soon. RIP Iwata.

  • Roan, The Wolf Knight

    He was a great man and i am deeply saddened by his passing, he will be missed by far too many, may he R.I.P. However, we must not let grief overcome us, he has no voice now and it’s up for us, who are still here, to carry his legacy and his spirit, i believe Nintendo will do this and take it from where Mr Iwata left it and continue forward, making the games that he and we all love.

  • Pelorus Lancer

    πŸ™ Rest In Peace, Mr. Iwata. You were such a great guy and we’ll miss watching your Directs.

  • Joseph Michel

    Not to sound negative, but Nintendo’s just not gonna feel the same without him πŸ™

  • DudeJericho

    I can’t believe it, like seriously… I can’t…

    • Roan, The Wolf Knight

      Yeah, i know… it almost feels… unreal…

  • :'( RIP Satoru Iwata sensei

  • Zombie_Andrew

    Rest well Iwata San. Be assured your legacy is firmly in place and remembered.

  • signsofrain

    A bit of my childhood just died. Thank you Iwata-san, from the bottom of my heart.

  • Sebastian

    Shouldn’t have read through these comments. the internet is a terrible place.
    I’ll miss him.

    • Locky Mavo

      Trust me, if you haven’t already, avoid IGN and WiiUdaily, though mostly truly sadden people, respectfully mourning, but there are some truly disgustingly disrespectful, low-life people with nothing better to say. Though hopefully by now most have been removed.

  • icebear80

    Thank you for all the great gaming experiences and R.I.P. Iwata-san

  • MadCrain

    Wow… What news to wake up to, I mean what the f*ck, I thought he was getting better…

    Absolutely tragic, R.I.P. Iwata

  • Alex Jones

    Long Live the Captain of the Ship…

    Condolences & Prayers for his soul’s Peace.

  • Mr. Foogy

    He’ll be missed. ;(

  • MONICA MORGAN

    After being in relationship with him for 3 years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the other ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, lotto, his email is [email protected] you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or any other problem like wining lottery.

    • uPadWatcher

      To the mod– Please remove that spam that has nothing to do with the loss of Iwata.

  • ramsey

    Nice.

  • No.9

    Rest in peace

  • MuffinK

    πŸ™

  • Aww, no way… Rest in Peace, Satoru-san. :C

    Now let’s just have a vote: who will replace Satoru Iwata? Who will actually continue the job as the Nintendo president?

  • Condom

    the tears

  • osis

    Another indispensable loss

  • SPC. Wright

  • 1UP

    They are only very few things that make me cry.

    This certainly is one of them.

  • Captain Hindsight

    I wonder if Iwata made a Amiibo of himself so he could live on forever in all the Nintendo classics.

  • You didn’t die, you just jumped to the next level. RIP Iwata-san.

  • harrietsugarcookie

    Such a great man πŸ™

  • He will be missed.

  • Zura

    I was very shocked when I heard of this. I knew he had health issues, but never knew those were this severe. RIP, Iwata-san.

  • SubAtomicCherry

    Iwata is the one who made Nintendo what it is today. It feels like a family member has died, because Iwata had such a strong face in the world of video games and was a household name for many Nintendo fans. He left behind a legacy, however, and he will be remembered for all of the good he did. He had more triumphs than regrets, and that’s all that matters now.

    Thank you, Iwata-san, for so many years of your hard work. You were loved, and you will be missed :c

  • NightmareNear

    May he rest in peace. Thank you for all the memories.

  • retromufc

    His presence in the Nintendo Direct really made him seem so down to earth and likable. Very sad news. The world has lost another great guy.

  • Raiden Chu

    May he rest in peace. So sad what happened. :,(

  • RogueAssassin

    Damn…

  • Jayce Clone

    For God’s sake, even with bad news like this people are arguing about where and how exactly the hell the bile duct should be affected?! It has ever to be some kind of war, discussion, exchange of insults… The man is dead, left an honourable legacy and people could at least pay respects for the person he was and for the remarkable things he did for Nintendo and for the whole game industry. Now we have no other CEO alike and alive with the guts to innovate (console hardware) even at the cost of half of his own salary and leading a centenial company with more to teach than to miss – even aparently risking its name. May Mr. Iwata rest in peace and thank you for all.

  • Press F to pay respects.

  • Anjospot

    Sad, indeed. However, we are all important people and should be remember when we all died too. Not only important people like him but us too. We are very important people also even in average income and poor people. Sorry about my English.

  • MissingSatoru

    It’s been a week since it happened and I’m still so sad about it.

  • asdf

    Why do so many people celebrate someone, who is not much more then an ordinairy thief?
    He basically stole money from lots of people, with false advertising.
    I still want a refund for my console, it does NOTHING but catch freaking dust. The only games i waited for have been ruined by DLC, which Iwata promised would NEVER come to Wii U… And the only other games i was waiting for, have been canceled / never actually been worked on.
    Iwata promised me stuff, and i want that stuff, or my freaking money back!
    Damn scam artist… pathetic thief…

    • patrickres9

      “….pathetic thief…” says the guy slandering the dead. I’m not even going to bother getting into the rest.