Satoru Iwata, Brains behind Nintendo DS and Wii, Dead at 55

Iwarta joined the gaming giant in 2000 and was vice president from 2002.

He had been in bad health for a while. Iwarta underwent surgery last year, and took some time off to recover. He passed away in a Kyoto University Hospital.

Iwata was the leader in Nintendo’s global development company and its Wii console and DS handheld. He was set to lead Nintendo through another stage with games on smartphones, meaning that Mario would lead his search for the princess ¬†on cellphones and tablets.

Social Media had a heavy heart with tributes to Iwata being posted. Nobuyuki Hayashi, a consultant and technology expert, said:

He didn’t just create technology. He created a whole culture”, he tweeted. “It wasn’t just a consumer product that he had delivered. He brought to people something that’s eternal, what people remember from when they were kids. He was special.

There’s yet no word on a replacement, however, the company said Shigeru Hiyamaoto will be in the leadership team along with Genyo Takeda, who is also in the game development field.

A statement from the company said: “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.”

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