Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Dies


Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has reportedly passed away at the relatively tender age of 55, succumbing to a tumour of the bile duct.

Nintendo’s own terse announcement of the news gives no indication of who his successor might be, but given his lengthy illness and Nintendo’s protracted slump (although Iwata presided over the company’s highest ever profits, so his overall evaluation is likely to be far from negative), Nintendo’s business seems unlikely to be affected – indeed, their shares are actually up slightly on the news.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 13/07/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fuck man.. 55 isnt even that old, considering how old Japanese people can be.. fucking tumour.

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    Comment by SomeDuder
    19:09 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    55 really is too young to die. Cancer is a horrible disease which picks no sides. At least ebola or malaria or whatever has the common decency to focus focuses on negroes or brownies...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 14/07/2015 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Racist much asshole?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 13/07/2015 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Ebola focuses on Africans because of poor sanitary conditions and disease control. White people have been infected. Those that are brave enough to go help the people infected in contagious areas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    And somehow, even I think that last statement was NOT necessary.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That fucking real racist man

    Comment by Anonymous

    that's cos some of them don't live long enough to die of cancer

    Comment by Anonymous

    'Tumor' or did Nintendo's Kansai Yakuza owners make him pay for Wii U's failure? Maybe the whole 'tumor' thing is a rouse. I knew someone was gonna get the axe over Wii U's failure...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    21:57 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, Nintendo _did_ kill the creator of Metroid over the failure that the virtual boy was. You know, after they made him resign. Because he made the WonderSwan together with Bandai.

    Nintendo is rooted in yakuza business, so that much is to be expected, I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 13/07/2015 # ! Good (+0.8)

    You were a mensch.
    That's rare in the gaming industry - just a good, old-fashioned stand-up human being with his head and his heart in the right places.
    I'll do my best to support Nintendo from now on - the company didn't deserve to lose someone this great. Financial geniuses and cutthroat businessmen are a dime a dozen, but a real mensch is one in a million.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    He was one of the good ones *sigh* we always lose the good ones first.

    Why couldn't it be 'CEO of EA dies' or 'CEO of Activision dies' or 'CEO of Warner Bros' dies?

    I'd fucking throw a good riddance party then!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why couldn't it be that cocksucker Bobby Kotick of Activision? Or the bastard that runs EA?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    "CEO of Warner Bros' dies?"
    you, I like you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I hope that the medical science will prefect a proper cure for cancer soon

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey now... that wouldn't be too profitable now would it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can't get a cure for cancer, sadly. Cancer is nothing more than genetic degradation that occurs when cells multiply (i.e. copy themselves). Something can go wrong, in a thousand different ways, and the cell becomes cancerous.

    Stopping cancer is like stopping the aging process. Can't be done.

    I do hope they'll figure out how to get rid of the cancer once it happens though. Early detection and whatnot.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    22:02 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except it's possible to stop the aging process. Some people are working on that right now. It's not even that difficult with modern technology in theory. The hard part is applying the knowledge.

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    Comment by VandalsChiow
    09:19 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    RIP and thank you for my childhood

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo will never be the same. RIP you beautiful angel.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I hope they gonna port Bayonetta 2 to PS4 and PC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope you're not really that retarded. If you are though, please fucking kill yourself.

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    Comment by Yamato
    17:16 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow... putting aside the fact that Nintendo allowing one of their most notable exclusives go would be utterly retarded at best, for their CEO's death to apparently be the catalyst to let such a game go to their rivals would be beyond disrespectful. How in the hell can you even make such a suggestion in a thread like this? Also, either get a damn WiiU yourself or stop being butthurt over the fact that Nintendo's oft-proclaimed "failing system" has a game you actually want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly though Iwata didn't do much when he became president in 2002. He may have been a good developer, idea maker for games back in the 90s and was a good part of what saved the game industry crash, but he was never that good of a president/ceo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    He did what nobody else dared to do- he didn't follow the leader. When everyone were just making a bit more advanced versions of previous consoles (or was Sega), Nintendo took a different path every now and then. Wii was a giant slap in the face to hardcore console gamers. DS made way for interactive, on-the-go games. The only new IP in Iwata's years, Splatoon, shows a departure from Call Of Battlefield 27 Laser Mohawk DLC by doing literally everything differently yet staying a damn good shooter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure i saw him on nintendo direct a month ago..and he is already dead? amazing guy if he can keep up with his works until he die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank you for giving me an awesome childhood.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very sad news. He will be missed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad news indeed, I'll miss the guy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    RIP Iwata-san, Otsukare sama deshita..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:13 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should have hit the brick with a 1-Up mushroom or the Star :(

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the big game over that we will all eventually play.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:45 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    RIP Satoru Iwata

    you brought joy to many people and unforgettable memories with my family thanks

    i hope your next life is as good as this one.


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    Comment by Enfield Mundo
    16:01 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh damn. That's really unexpected. I've always loved Nintendo, and outside a PC, the only consoles I've ever owned have been from them.
    And the reason why Nintendo is what it has been for the past 15 years or so is because of this guy.

    Seriously, what a loss to the gaming community. My condolences to those that knew him well (friends and family).

    Now, what will happen to Nintendo from now on? I'm sure millions of people are thinking the same thing.

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    Comment by Rya
    17:21 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    What has Nintendo been the last 15 years? A niche product, vastly inferior to Sony and Microsoft. Great fan-loved franchises locked to a single console because of company policy. Almost no third-party developers want to touch Nintendo consoles. Nintendo's ban on all youtube content involving their franchises is incredibly stupid. Their focus on 3D technology in handhelds was a move in the wrong direction. 10000 iterations of the same handheld is also crazy, they are releasing games that don't run on old versions of the same handheld. At least give it a new name, will you?!
    If this guy is responsible for it all, good riddance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair, it's been like that since N64. Nintendo's problems predated Iwata.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your comprehension skill is lacking or I'm misunderstanding something? In general means they mainly make games for children, I never imply all of them are meant for younger audiences. And your comment about easy game-play = for kids, is an indirect insult to their intelligence.

    Nowadays, kids can be very smart too, I mean just look at all those App games available. If anything, it is the usage of words and not the difficulty of the games that makes them suitable for younger audiences. No offense.

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    Comment by DarkWisdom
    01:36 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    They aren't generally targeted at young audiences, they are generally made to be playable for all ages. The gameplay in Nintendo games isn't made to appeal just to children, if that was the case the games would be very easy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You may be right but Nintendo's game are generally targeted at young audiences which isn't seen much for the Playstation and even worst for the Xbox until Kinect came out. However, family-oriented games is still sparse, the PS has much more games made for young audiences than Xbox but both are still focused on making games for teenagers and older gamer.

    People like Rya is only thinking for themselves, they don't care about other age groups as long as things goes their way, is the feeling I get from his/her post.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    All of video gaming is preference, don't bash one group of the video game industry over something as silly as what you as one individual prefers. Companies will learn if they make mistakes, like every other company out there. There will be a new CEO over this, so regardless what happened, happened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus christ, what a little shitstain you are. You worthless waste of space. You fucking nobody. You'll never achieve a tiny fraction of what Iwata has in your entire useless life, and nobody will give a fuck when you die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're allowed to be pissed at his offensive comment but at the same time he's allowed to think what he wants. If someone disliked him and celebrates Iwata's passing oh well, just move on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and Sony and Microsoft are inferior to PC. Nintendo at least tries to make an experience that cannot be replicated on PC. Essentially every good game Xbox or PS has exists on PC. There are exceptions, of course, the majority rules.
    PC master race. Nintendo best console. XbOne and PS4 are inferior PCs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 15/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you have kids in your household, would you rather let them study or play games on PC? It will only causes distraction if the kids are constantly thinking of games when using PC, not to mention here are games in the form of CD-ROM as well. Hence by having console games means they won't mix leisure with homework.

    I don't think parents would want their young child to play games for hours especially on a PC, those are generally designed for teenagers and above. But at the same time, parents do not wish to deprive their child of entertainments in this modern day where technologies is so advanced that even young children are using cellphones but not all.

    And if you are poor, can you even own a PC with internet connection? That's why there is always alternative for all situations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 14/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I assume you pronounce it as - Nin_10_doe instead of Nin_tain-dor, so keep your biased opinion to yourself if you did not play Pokemon during your childhood. And do you work in the gaming industry, no? If you know nothing about how it works, please refrain from giving any suggestions or do some research before writing craps, thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 13/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    People who's not alive are dead.

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