The gaming world was struck a heavy blow with the passing of Satorua Iwata on Sunday (7/12/15) due to his ongoing battle with bile duct cancer. He was the president and CEO of Nintendo and a well-known face for those familiar with his Direct Conferences, which were periodic live-stream events to update fans on upcoming games and the progression of ones in the works. Iwata joined the Nintendo Company in 2000 and became president in 2002. Prior to this, he worked with HAL Labratories starting in 1983 and eventually helped turn the company around. There he helped work on Smash Bros., Kirby, and Earthbound. He even assisted in the founding of Creatures, Inc. which is responsible for the Pokemon series.
His biggest accomplishment was seeing the transition from the Game Boy to the DS handheld systems, along with the Wii hardware, which widened the field of gaming to a larger audience. He also oversaw the development of the 3DS and Wii U, neither of which were an initial financial success (arguably, the Wii U still isn’t). This led to a downward turn in revenue, where Iwata took a voluntary half-cut in pay to off-set costs, because good-guy Iwata was good guy.
We all share some deep love for some series that Iwata helped create. And for that, thanks. You will truly be missed.