Nintendo announced today via an official statement that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11th due to a bile duct growth.
Iwata was suffering from the growth during E3 2014 which is why he was unable to attend the show. Shortly after E3 that year, Iwata underwent surgery to have the growth removed. He later updated concerned fans via Twitter stating, “I am progressing well.”
Iwata began working for Nintendo as a developer at HAL Laboratory in the 1980s and had a hand in the creation of classic titles Balloon Fight and Earthbound. Iwata was appointed Director of the company in 2000 and two years later he became the fourth President of Nintendo when he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi.
During his stint as President of Nintendo Iwata oversaw the launch of the Wii and DS as well as the less successful Gamecube and Wii U. Recently, he is most well known for hosting Nintendo’s frequent Nintendo Direct presentations which are available on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops.
As a prolific figure of one of the oldest and most successful companies of all time, Iwata will certainly be missed by fans worldwide. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in friends in this difficult time.
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