Nintendo President Has Surgery to Remove "Bile Duct Growth"

Satoru Iwata undergoes surgery and will miss this month's shareholders meeting.

The nature of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's health issue is now known. In a post on the company's website today, Iwata revealed that he recently underwent surgery to remove a "bile duct growth," and that as a result, he'll need to miss this month's annual shareholders meeting.

"Recently, as the result of one of my routine physical examinations, an issue was detected. Following a more detailed examination, a growth was found in my bile duct," Iwata said. "In general, it is said that a bile duct growth can be difficult-to-treat, partly because of the difficulty of detecting it early. In my case, luckily, it was detected very early and I had no symptoms."

"I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option. Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well, as predicted," he added.

Iwata has already resumed working by email and "other means," he said. However, it's going to take "a little more time" until he is able to return to his normal work schedule, he said. He's already missed E3, and he won't be able to attend this month's shareholder meeting either.

"As the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting," Iwata said. "However, I understand that I have to prioritize my medical treatment and to recover as soon as possible so that I will again be able to do my best to help the company to grow. I hope that you understand."

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Discussion

121 comments
t592011
t592011

This is the only growth for Nintendo this year.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

Good health to you Mr. Iwata, I have gallstones and had to get a CT scan for a kidney stone... passing that was a solid week of near death hell. I haven't had surgery to remove my gallbladder but the scan didn't detect anything that warranted immediate removal. I know the feeling.

deadpen
deadpen

Well this is just...........not gaming news. I hope he is fine but I really didn't need to know his pooper needed worked on. Some things just need to stay news to the family. Soon we are going to have updates about what developers are eating for dinner and when they are having bowel movements.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I bet his fight with Reggie at the Nintendo E3 presentation made this happen >.<

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

I'm a bit surprised nobody asked this question. What's a "Bile Duct"? 

Here it is, in case your wondering. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bile_duct


Bile Duct

"bile duct is any of a number of long tube-like structures that carry bileBile, required for the digestion of food, is secreted by the liver into passages that carry bile toward the hepatic duct, which joins with the cystic duct (carrying bile to and from thegallbladder) to form the common bile duct, which opens into the intestine."

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i feel so sorry for nintendo because of mr iwata's health. to make him happy i will buy a wii-u at this very moment.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I really hope he gets better

inkman66
inkman66

How do you play this game?  Does it use the stylus or the gamepad?  What rating is it?

Ovirew
Ovirew

Well hopefully he's recovering from it.  A "bile duct growth" doesn't sound particularly pleasant.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Wow, sorry to hear about this.  However, we can be glad that it was extremely fortunate for him that this asymptomatic and non-malignant condition was caught thru routine exams and treated with a surgery that took months of recovery which took place during the months during E3 and the shareholder's conference.  If he's going to address that potential issue he sure did it at just the right time.

People may be jumping all over people who put negative posts on this article regarding this guy, but do you really think he's going to get the same sympathy from his shareholders?  They are not going to accept this for one minute based on the facts given, it sounds like this asymptomatic and non-malignant condition could have waited a couple months to be treated so he can perform key functions of his CEO job at important annual events while the company is in duress. 

If you want to debate me, do it with your head, not your heart. 

91210user
91210user

A good CEO, he don't want to die while the Wii U is picking up and he should continue to see his success for this Wii U campaign ever since the release of Mario Kart.

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Healing and recovery with plenty of comfort be yours Mr. Iwata. Thank you for sharing with us the importance of routine medical checkups to maximize the enjoyment of life.

karnis
karnis

he's not good for nintendo & this is a fact

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Get well iwata even though I don't like the job you're doing I wouldn't wish I'll health against you and I hope those that did here won't have to find out what being ill is like

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Now's their chance to force him out of the job over health concerns.  Last chance guys, before he gets back to work torpedoing the company.

dashboardman
dashboardman

BOO HOO…I love how everybody give their best wishes and pretend that they feel sorry for his condition….Why don’t you speak your true opinion? We all know that Iwata is responsible for Nintendo’s epic failure in this generation of consoles…..


sanchango
sanchango

@deadpen well....on the previous article about this, almost everyone was bashing on Iwata saying stuff like "VERY CONVENIENT SEEING THE WII U SUCKS", or "This is way too convenient, he's just running away"

This is to clarify WHAT was the reason he couldn't come to E3. To at least show that he really was sick to the haters and not faking it. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@not_a_reigai  And the uninformed think it's because he was sick, or dying, and frankly he was neither.  It's much more likely that' he's having some other kind of problem (like a mental breakdown), but they use this condition to explain his lengthy time away and try to save face.

Nintendo's shareholders won't be as coddling as the folks on this site.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@spacecadet25 You may or may not be correct, but people wishing him ill health are still in the wrong. 

It is perfectly possible that he could be in the wrong as well - the world isn't black and white (although I won't believe your conspiracy theory based only on wording from an Eddie Makuch article). 

But even IF he is taking advantage of this illness, that doesn't justify wishing cancer or something on someone simply because you don't like how they oversaw the development and marketing of what boils down to electronic toys that you are in no way obligated to buy. This is why people are so angry and the ill-will-wishers.

xantufrog
xantufrog

I'd like to think that someone's mortal status as a human, with hopes and dreams and a family, could be dissociated from their job performance. This shouldn't be viewed as a business opportunity.

xantufrog
xantufrog

Are you seriously wishing serious physical illness on someone who you have never met because you are unhappy with Nintendo's performance (in which you likely have no meaningful stake)? And then yelling at others for not wishing such misery on a stranger? You're a sick, hateful person. Don't like the Wii u? Tough.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

@dashboardman  "Why don’t you speak your true opinion? "
I wish for him to get a speedy recovery.  


b74kd3th
b74kd3th

@dashboardman dying isn't the way I'd like him to leave. What if I said I think your parents should die because they're ugly. Don't be so self pretentious and stop giving gamers a bad name

returnofsoma42
returnofsoma42

@dashboardman Based on your comment I asked myself the following question:  I didn't know if you were arrogant or ignorant or both.  And after a bit I got the answer.  And it was both.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@dashboardman some of us have respect regardless of Mr Iwatas Business decisions, Get well soon Mr Iwata

rmiller365
rmiller365

I can feel the kindness radiating from you words. Your parents must be so proud of you...

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

@spacecadet25 @not_a_reigai 

Actually I'm a share holder and most of us have some morals and a little empathy.

Do I agree with all of his decisions? No, but to think he is faking it, shows your maturity and age.

Grown ass men don't need to fake anything!

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@xantufrog  I don't think anyone is wishing him ill health, and I certainly wouldn't condone that.  However some people are skeptical of this story, and they have every right to be. 

dashboardman
dashboardman

@b74kd3th


Learn to respect the comments that don’t go along with your opinion….then I may respect your opinion….until then you sound no better than a fart

dashboardman
dashboardman

@returnofsoma42 @dashboardman


Oh no! Don’t say that! I’m devastated….please forgive me for expressing my opinion and please DO forgive me that MY opinion is different from yours….I will never do that mistake again….NEXT time I’ll make sure that I post something that pleases your eyes…..

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Let Reggie handle the decision while Mr. Iwata is out for Surgery.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Thanatos2k @xantufrog I'm not being dramatic - you're trying to say "quick, he had a close call, let's take advantage of his infirmary to fire him"

He can be fired without trying to capitalize on this

wookiegr
wookiegr

@dashboardman I've heard a fart that sounded exactly like a Harley Davidson motorcycle. It was the best.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@dashboardman @b74kd3th commenting on a game or console is one thing, it's different when it's about someone's health truly sad you feel the need to attack people who show decency for someone's health.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@xantufrog @spacecadet25 You do realize illnesses can spread/occur out of the blue right? there is no set time to them and if you are saying that someone should put their work before health then i'm sorry but you are backwards health should always come before work even if something hasn't become serious yet catching things early and sorting them then can save a lot of time, trouble and pain.


I just don't understand why everyone has to come up with conspiracies for no reason, also i would argue that many thing Nintendo succeeded at E3 (each to their own i guess) so i don't see why he would "want" to skip it =/.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Thanatos2k @xantufrog "mortal status", by the way, was meant as "his condition of being a living creature", not me saying "he's currently in critical condition" or something

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Ovirew @spacecadet25  That's cool.  I was just pointing out that your first post was inaccurate, since he had no symptoms it couldn't be unpleasant.