It is with our utmost regret and sorrow that we inform you that Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, has passed away at age 55. The cause of his death was due to a bile duct growth. He had already missed attending E3 in 2014 due to his poor health, and had already attended surgery in order to remove the bile duct growth.

Iwata started his legacy in the gaming industry when he joined HAL Laboratory straight out of college, and became president of the company in 1993. He later joined Nintendo in 2000 and subsequently became president in 2002.

Although Mr. Iwata may no longer be with us, he left a tremendously great legacy with his contributions to Nintendo and the gaming industry in general. He will always be remembered through his games and projects like Iwata Asks and Nintendo Direct.

Rest in peace, Satoru Iwata.

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