Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Has Passed Away At 55

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Nintendo announced today via an official statement that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11th due to a bile duct growth.
Iwata was suffering from the growth during E3 2014 which is why he was unable to attend the show. Shortly after E3 that year, Iwata underwent surgery to have the growth removed. He later updated concerned fans via Twitter stating, “I am progressing well.”
Iwata began working for Nintendo as a developer at HAL Laboratory in the 1980s and had a hand in the creation of classic titles Balloon Fight and Earthbound. Iwata was appointed Director of the company in 2000 and two years later he became the fourth President of Nintendo when he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi.
During his stint as President of Nintendo Iwata oversaw the launch of the Wii and DS as well as the less successful Gamecube and Wii U. Recently, he is most well known for hosting Nintendo’s frequent Nintendo Direct presentations which are available on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops.
As a prolific figure of one of the oldest and most successful companies of all time, Iwata will certainly be missed by fans worldwide. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in friends in this difficult time.

Damien Chambers

Before I became a Geek Under Grace I was a student of Journalism and have always aspired to write for a gaming and geek culture publication. I am truly blessed to have found an outlet to reach not only thousands of fans, but those who may not have yet found Christ. My favorite genre of games is third-person/sandbox games. I like the freedom that they allow both in gameplay and in scale and they just seem less bland and limited than more linear titles. I still have a soft spot for RPG games but I now enjoy JRPGs far less than I did as a child because they are still basically the exact same as they always were, with a few exceptions of course. I also enjoy playing more tactical third-person multiplayer shooters or first-person shooters that try to shake things up. I absolutely hate games based on WWII or Vietnam as those settings and those types of gameplay have been done to death. Though I am not opposed to a future Assassin's Creed title being set during one of these wars. I also typically tend to stay away from MOBA's as they are notorious for abusive, and generally unsavory online communities. My favorite game of all time is Chrono Trigger, which ironically enough is a JRPG but its one that I consider untouchable in quality. The runner-up for my favorite game of all time would be Star Fox 64.

2 Comments

  1. Logan on July 13, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I remember a few years back I got out of videogames thinking that I was too old for games. Our family got a WiiU for Christmas in 2013 and my love for Nintendo and games returned. I admire the man that Iwata was, he would always try something different because he liked to have fun. He will always be a part of the growth of a prosperous gaming industry. My thoughts and prayers do “Directly” to his family, friends, and Nintendo.

  2. James on July 13, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I feel extra sad for Iwata because he was under a lot of pressure from his predecessor to make sure Nintendo pulled through. Supposedly Yamauchi, in true Old Japanese fashion, instructed Iwata to self-terminate if the Wii U failed.
    It’s hard not to feel sorrow for a man who was told something like that less than a year before he died.

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