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Satoru Iwata Dead at 55

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Naza Sutera

Aww. Just a couple weeks ago or however long, we had that E3 thing, and he was... Alive and well. It is so sudden.

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Xidphel

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Star Fox Runner

Well. Talk about a little something to lower your spirits.

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AlGore'sleftshoe

(Is this too early?) PLEASE UNDERSTAND.  He had a pretty strong reign over Nintendo lasting I think roughly 15 years since Yamauchi, who...incidentally also passed on the to next world quite recently. Like Yamauchi I think he did a pretty good job overrall. Nintendo pisses me off quite a bit, but I hope it lasts forever. 

He was the Peppy of Nintendo's team, he was smart, and intelligent, and knew what the company's best interests were, yet he was also a fan of being in touch with Nintendo's fans, attending all the works to be seen by them. Despite these past few years have been very rough for Nintendo, I think they have been some of our best times shared with Iwata, he's involved.

Dead but not gone, like all of Nintendo's games and characters, even if they don't appear again, they last forever as a legacy. Iwata's legacy will also last forever. Despite being busy as he is, and despite his apparent condition kept hidden from public, probably for the better, he managed to be there for his family, for Nintendo and even his fans.


Rest in peace, Satoru Iwata, thank you so much for bringin' us games.

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DZComposer

At least he was immortalized as a Muppet before he died.

The press release cited his ongoing bile duct issues to be the cause of death:

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150713e.pdf

I'm worried for Nintendo now. Who will replace him? Someone who shared his vision, or someone who will capitulate to the investors calling for Nintendo to exit the hardware business and focus on mobile? It all depends on the board of directors at this point.

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Arashikage

I really hope that this doesn't mean Nintendo is going to replace him with someone who will start with bad business practices.  Iwata was such a wholesome guy who believed in delivering a good product to the consumers, he wouldn't even entertain the idea of things like microtransactions.  It was completely out of the question.  I can honestly say, he will be sorely missed.  

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Dr. Orange

I really hope that this doesn't mean Nintendo is going to replace him with someone who will start with bad business practices.  Iwata was such a wholesome guy who believed in delivering a good product to the consumers, he wouldn't even entertain the idea of things like microtransactions.  It was completely out of the question.  I can honestly say, he will be sorely missed.  

At the moment, Miyamoto and the other director hold his past position, for the moment. Might even take the job. 

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Redeemer

Sad, such a sad sad day. He was a good man, full of honour and selflessness. Nintendo will not be the same without him, that's for sure.

I found this, if anyone feels like mulling over some of his achievements and crying tears of why:

http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-nintendo-s-satoru-iwata-1299085?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=ripiwata&utm_campaign=nintendo

 

And here's a musical tribute from someone we all know:

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DZComposer

Word on the street is that Miyamoto will be tapped to be the next CEO. This is pure rumor, however, so grains of salt apply.

Whoever it ends up being, I hope it's an internal promotion. Bringing someone from outside the company is likely to lead to things like going 3rd party or smartphone-centric gaming.

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StarFoxMaster64

Word on the street is that Miyamoto will be tapped to be the next CEO. This is pure rumor, however, so grains of salt apply.

Whoever it ends up being, I hope it's an internal promotion. Bringing someone from outside the company is likely to lead to things like going 3rd party or smartphone-centric gaming.

The share holders seem to want Miyamoto as CEO as well, the question is if he accepts it if offered.

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Leon

This is really sad, Iwata had a genuineness that is so rare in public figures. 

Word on the street is that Miyamoto will be tapped to be the next CEO. This is pure rumor, however, so grains of salt apply.

Whoever it ends up being, I hope it's an internal promotion. Bringing someone from outside the company is likely to lead to things like going 3rd party or smartphone-centric gaming.

Iwata himself was an outsider when Yamauchi took him on as his protege, so I'm not too worried about that. There are all sorts of people from GameFreak, HAL, TPC, Intelligent Systems, etc that can bring great things with them. But if you really want an internal person, I would keep an eye on Shinya Takahashi, he's got a much greater blend of development/business experience than Miyamoto.  

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Dr. Orange

To who ever it is (Takahashi pls) Hopefully they'll share the same ideas as Iwata.

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To quote a quote from Anonymous

"Godspeed you magnificent bastard. We're all going to make it one day."

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AlGore'sleftshoe

The share holders seem to want Miyamoto as CEO as well, the question is if he accepts it if offered.

I think he had been offered the job before, and Miyamoto claimed he preferred his current position to make video games, if he becomes CEO he wouldn't have time to make games, and I doubt he has as much experience as a conglomerate as he does as an artist/developer.

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DZComposer

This is really sad, Iwata had a genuineness that is so rare in public figures. 

Iwata himself was an outsider when Yamauchi took him on as his protege, so I'm not too worried about that. There are all sorts of people from GameFreak, HAL, TPC, Intelligent Systems, etc that can bring great things with them. But if you really want an internal person, I would keep an eye on Shinya Takahashi, he's got a much greater blend of development/business experience than Miyamoto.  

That's not what I meant by outsider. Sure, those companies may not be Nintendo, but they're close to Nintendo.

I was referring to someone like EA's former CEO John Riccitiello. Before working at EA, he worked at Clorox, Pepsi-co, Häagen-Dazs, Wilson Sporting Goods, and Sara Lee Bakery. No experience in the industry at all, and he was at the helm when EA started doing its worst shit.

Honestly, Nintendo needs to tap someone who, despite their business card saying CEO, is a gamer at heart. That's what made Iwata special.

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Leon

I would be extremely surprised if they brought in someone from outside the Nintendo umbrella. Such a move would go against their corporate DNA. 

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