Satoru Iwata admitted that while he was both a CEO and a president, in his heart, he was a simple gamer. He was a true ambassador for the gaming industry, expanding the market and challenging the notion of what we would define as the “traditional gamer”. He was a true visionary. His passing is felt by friends and admirers alike, and the outpouring of support from the gaming community has been nothing short of astounding. It is only fitting that we at Zelda Universe dedicate today’s Fanart Friday to the man who devoted so much of his life to the games that we know and love.

Artist EternaLegend, who is well known for frequently publishing Nintendo-based art pieces on her Facebook and DeviantArt pages, has drawn a magnificent portrait of Satoru Iwata in tribute to his passing. In her description of the piece, EternaLegend echoes what so many Nintendo fans feel, stating “As for all those years telling us to “please understand”, I understand now. Thank you, and thank you for sharing your brilliance with the world and for making the millions of Nintendo fans and gamers alike happy for all these years. May your legacy always live on.” There’s nothing more that I can add to that, as it is so eloquently put. Iwata was a man who wanted to bring fun back into the living room, and he was incredibly successful in doing so.

May you rest in peace Satoru Iwata. The world has not only lost an incredible ambassador for the gaming industry, but a humble and wonderful man. Thank you for all these years of simple fun. Thanks to you, I can sit down with my family and play video games again. That is the legacy you have left behind in my heart, which is something I will always hold dearly.