Nintendo announced today that President Satoru Iwata passed on July 11th, age 55, due to a bile duct growth. They have stated that Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto with share his roles or representative director and senior managing director. There have been many ups and downs for Nintendo during his stint as president since 2002, and he was also the first resident to not be related to the founding Yamauchi family.
He was famous for being more of an approachable personality, making appearances and hosting “Iwata Asks”. When the stock price of Nintendo fell after the Wii U, he refused to order layoffs of the employees, feeling that if they feared losing their job, they would not be able to “develop software titles that could impress people around the world.” He was a man that cared about gaming, his company, his fans and his employees. He will be missed. Rest in peace Iwata.
RIP December 6, 1959 – July 11, 2015