Nintendo President Satoru Iwata dies

General News — 13 July, 2015

Some very sad news has come out today. Nintendo Global President, Satoru Iwata, has passed away aged 55 due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata began working at Nintendo in the 1980s, and in 2002 was appointed as President. In 2013 he became CEO of Nintendo of America and was the face of Nintendo Directs.

Iwata has had a huge influence on Nintendo and the Pokémon series in particular. He was involved with the development of Pokémon Stadium, and was a vital part of the development of Pokémon Gold & Silver, compressing the game's data enough such that the Kanto region could be included. In later years he was the Executive Producer of Ruby/Sapphire, Emerald Version, FireRed/LeafGreen and Diamond/Pearl.

RIP Iwata.

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