On behalf of @wtfgamersonly, we regret to confirm and inform our audience that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55.
Earlier today, Nintendo officially released a brief statement confirming the death of president Iwata, stating, “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.” The official statement can be seen HERE.
Satoru Iwata began his tenure with Nintendo in 1983 as a programmer for the company’s internal development studio, HAL Laboratory, where he would contribute to the development of titles like Earthbound, Balloon Fight & Kirby, as well as various popular Nintendo titles. He would officially join the company in 2000, before succeeding then-Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002 to become the company’s fourth ever president and the first not born from the Yamachi bloodline, to which founded the company.
No official word has come from Nintendo as of yet as to whom will succeed Iwata, but the brief statement by Nintendo does mention Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto as “representative and senior managing directors”, so it seems they may be currently assuming Iwata’s responsibilities potentially as co-interim presidents until a suitable successor is found.
Again, our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Iwata family and to everyone directly affected at Nintendo.