Nintendo Legend Satoru Iwata Passes Away
Satoru Iwata, chief executive of legendary games company Nintendo, has sadly passed away at the age of just 55. Mr Iwata had been battling cancer and underwent surgery last year before resuming his duties after a brief recovery period. Mr Iwata was a highly respected figure in the Japanese gaming scene and was the driving force behind some of the company’s most popular hardware
Mr Iwata successfully drove the sales of Nintendo’s handheld and home consoles and under his leadership the Nintendo DS became the best selling handheld games machine in the world when it first was released in 2004. Two years later he helmed the launch of the Nintendo Wii, which became one of the fastest selling home consoles in history, attracting gamers and non-gamers alike with its innovative motion controls and accessibility.
Mr Iwata started out originally as a programmer in a Nintendo subsidiary, and steadily worked his way up through the ranks, becoming Nintendo’s fourth President in 2002. I have been a gamer since I was nine years of age and even though when I was growing up was more of a fan of Ninty’s rival Sega, have always had an admiration for Nintendo, who have given the world some of the most iconic characters of all time. Very sad news, our thoughts go out to his family at this time.