We’re riding a high from a great Comic-Con, and we’re upset that we have to report such a sad occurrence, but that’s the name of the game. Though we’ve known the President of Nintendo had been suffering health problems, this comes as a bit of a surprise nonetheless. At 55, Satoru Iwata has passed away.
Since 2002, Satoru Iwata has been the head of the company you all know and love. He was the one overseeing development of the Wii, the DS, the 3DS, and the Gamecube. Basically, all of your 21st century Nintendo nostalgia is a direct result of him. But he started as a programmer.
In ’83, he was the head of production for HAL laboratories, and helped in the production of the world’s weirdest RPG, Earthbound, as well as everyone’s favorite pink monster, Kirby.
He left HAL in 2000, after having been president for seven years, and went to work as Head of Corporate Planning for Nintendo. In 2002, he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi as President of the trailblazing gaming juggernaut.
NerdBastards would like to send our condolences to Iwata’s family, and to the whole of Nintendo Corp.