Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55.
A statement delivered by the company reads: “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.” Iwata had been noticeably absent from recent E3 showings due to growing health concerns.
Iwata began working at Nintendo in the 1980s, before becoming the company’s director in 2000. He was made President of the company in May 2002. During his time as the head of the company, Iwata oversaw the launch of the Nintendo GameCube, the Nintendo DS, the Wii, the 3DS and the Wii U. Both the Nintendo DS and the Wii represent two of Nintendo’s most successful products of all-time.
Iwata became a well-known face for Nintendo, especially across the internet where he became a hit with the fans, delivering his fabled Nintendo Direct shows, often with enthusiasm and humour.
He and his presence in the gaming industry will be sorely missed.