Satoru Iwata, the President of Nintendo, has passed away today at the age of 55 suddenly. Nintendo put out a press release today revealing the sad news, and no details were giving on the reason for his passing. It was noticed by many that his health has lessened over the last few years. He was ordered not to travel a year ago, and missed the last two E3 events. Yet, the reason for his illness was never released. A new CEO has not be decided, and that will be done at a later date.
Mr. Iwata graduated from his University, and immediately started working with HAL. Laboratory. Which is known today as the studio behind the Kirby games, and Smash Bros. He was praised as a genius programmer, and businessman. He worked on titles like Balloon Fight, Kirby, and Earthbound. He quickly rose up the ranks of Nintendo, and was made director in the early 2000s. In 2002, he was chosen as the successor to the retiring President Hiroshi Yamauchi, and has run Nintendo as its head ever since.
He was known for being stubborn, but also loving the gaming industry. That was put on display with each Nintendo Direct, and the excitement he brought with each announcement. This is a big blow to not only the industry, but the gamers as a whole. May you R.I.P Mr. Iwata. You will be missed.