It is with shock and sadness that I write this next article. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away Saturday due to a bile duct tumor. Mr. Iwata's health was the main factor in him not being at E3 2014, and it had seemed that he became healthier. However, the tumor obviously returned, an aggressive one in a place that is extremely dangerous to have one.
His public life showed his love for games. His appearances in Nintendo Directs and Iwata Asks segments showed his commitment to reach out to the fans and herald the successes of his employees. Mr. Iwata marched to the beat of a different drummer, bringing a special joy and humor to the gaming industry.
Under Satoru Iwata's leadership as president of Nintendo, he spearheaded two of Nintendo's greatest success stories, the Wii and the DS. While the former was not capitalized on with its successor, the focus of games first and foremost never wavered. Nintendo continued to persevere under Mr. Iwata's guidance, and his legacy with endure with the upcoming entry into mobile, Nintendo's next dedicated hardware, the NX, and Nintendo's health initiative.