Thank You Iwata: Tributes Pour In for Nintendo's Late CEO
Games industry mourns shock death of iconic figure.
The games industry has offered its tributes in the wake of the shock news that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away "due to a bile duct growth".
The Nintendo chief executive had been dealing with health issues and was notably absent from E3 2014 in order to have surgery to remove a previous bile duct growth.
In the hours following Nintendo's announcement of its CEO's death, fans and peers have paid tribute to one of the industry's most respected and adored figures.
Dylan Cuthbert - Q-Games
Nintendo's flag is of course at half-mast today pic.twitter.com/QpIJPK7bwB— Dylan Cuthbert (@dylancuthbert) July 13, 2015
Yves Guillemot - Ubisoft
"Our deepest condolences & sympathies go out to Mr. Iwata’s family & everyone at Nintendo. He will be missed." - Yves Guillemot— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) July 13, 2015
Neil Druckman - Naughty Dog
RIP, Mr. Iwata. Thanks for all the incredible fun and inspiration.— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) July 13, 2015
Phil Spencer - Xbox
Sad day for Iwata-san’s family, friends, and gamers everywhere. His passion, creativity & leadership elevated our industry.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 13, 2015
Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata.— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 13, 2015
Min-Liang Tan - Razr
There are CEOs who make a difference to the lives of the people - Satoru Iwata was one of the few who did. https://t.co/IcJKU9sNPj— Min-Liang Tan (@minliangtan) July 13, 2015
RIP Iwata-san, we owe you much – you will be missed.— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) July 13, 2015
Aaron Greenberg - Xbox
Hideki Kamiya - Platinum Games
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer." - Iwata-san— Bungie (@Bungie) July 13, 2015
Ken Lobb - Microsoft, Formerly Rare
Loved Mr. Iwata's quote. President as title, game dev's mind, gamers heart. Where's the tissue, I need it. Honestly.— Ken Lobb (@RealKLobb) July 13, 2015
We are sincerely saddened to hear of the passing of Iwata-san. Our best to his family in their time of loss.— Obsidian (@Obsidian) July 13, 2015
Endless thanks and respect to Iwata-san. His talent and humor made the world a better place.— Capcom-Unity (@Capcom_Unity) July 13, 2015
Adam Boyes - PlayStation
Really sad to hear about Iwata-san's passing today. As a fan of Nintendo since the NES, my heart goes out to his family, friends, & fans.— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) July 13, 2015
So sorry to hear about Mr. Iwata's passing. He was an unbelievable mind and talent, a passionate creative force. May he rest in peace.— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) July 13, 2015
Shuhei Yoshida - PlayStation
ゲーム業界の発展に多大な貢献をされた岩田さんのご冥福をお祈りします。— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) July 13, 2015
Translation: Iwata-san contributed to the development of the game industry significantly. We will pray for him and hope he rests in peace.
Shigesato Itoi - Writer of EarthBound/Mother Series
世界のすべての灯を消せ 真っ暗な夜をつくってくれ その無力で ただそれだけをしてくれないか— 糸井 重里 (@itoi_shigesato) July 11, 2015
Translation by Cheesemeister: "Extinguish all the lamps in the world. Make a pitch-black night. With that powerlessness. Can you please do that for me?"
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