Nintendo’s Iwata bids Adieu at 55

Nintendo’s Iwata bids Adieu at 55

Millions of fans bid adieu to Satoru Iwata, the president of Japanese video game company Nintendo. Iwata is famous for the Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, which helped the company scale new heights and become a favourite among the fans. Iwata was 55.

Iwata, who was the president of Nintendo Co since 2002, died of bile duct tumor at the Kyoto University Hospital. He was the man behind the company's phenomenal growth into a global company, with its hit Wii home console and DS handheld. Now, he was ready to take on rivals such as Sony and Microsoft, by venturing into the mobile games segment as well. Earlier in March, Nintendo announced an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games for mobile devices.

Nobuyuki Hayashi, a consultant and technology expert, paid a beautiful tribute to Iwata. "He didn't just create technology. He created a whole culture. It wasn't just a consumer product that he had delivered. He brought to people something that's eternal, what people remember from when they were kids. He was special".

Iwata long illness prevented him from attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo for the past two years. However, he appeared both in human and puppet form in a humorous video presentation on June 16, at the E3 in Los Angeles this year.

Fans took on to Twitter, thanking Iwata for bringing their families together and giving them childhood memories. They even circulated avatars called Mii in the likeness of Iwata. A funeral service would be held on July 17. Statements from the company revealed that Iwata was survived by his wife, Kayoko.

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