Satoru Iwata, Global President of Nintendo, has passed away. I know that this is not a Nintendo website, but I feel a responsibility to post about this regardless of what kind of site this is because I had so much respect for him.
My mother was actually the one that told me this had happened. She knew I thought a lot of Iwata. That’s an understatement. If it weren’t for the approach he took with Nintendo as an executive and his passion for the company, I strongly feel that Nintendo wouldn’t have been much of anything by this point. He knew that Nintendo as a brand is something dear to the hearts of many people, and made dramatic changes to Nintendo’s overall strategy to take advantage of that. We will feel the effects of this change in strategy for a long time, even after his unfortunate passing. We have lost a great part of our industry, but the results he dreamed for will last for many years to come.
It’s an odd feeling I have right now because on the day he died, I was working on video games. I may have been doing something completely different that day if it weren’t for him.
You will be missed, Satoru Iwata. May you rest in peace.