So… today we got news that Iwata-san has passed away.
At first, I truly couldn’t believe it. So I looked it up, immediately stunned by the news. To be honest, I still don’t believe it…
Satoru Iwata has probably been more influential in my life than most any one I could think of in my own life.
Just to sit back and name a few things he’s worked on…:
- Pokemon Gold/Silver (He’s the reason both land masses are in the game)
- Pokemon Stadium
- Balloon Fight
- and probably so much more that we can’t even fathom…
He was and IS THE Nintendo Direct presenter with his lovely quote ‘Please Understand’..
He joined HAL Laboratories right out of university and then became it’s president in 1983. He then joined Nintendo in 2000, becoming Nintendo’s president in 2002.
Since 2002, Iwata has done EVERYTHING he thought possible to take care of Nintendo, even giving HALF of his paycheck back to the company.
Needless to say Iwata-san, there is no understanding this one…
Rest in Peace good sir…..