News of Iwata’s poor health surfaced last year when he was forced to skip E3 2014 in preparation for surgery to remove the bile duct growth. Later on he tweeted “I’m progressing well,” to reassure his concerned fans after months of absence in the gaming scene.
A programmer and gamer at heart, Iwata joined Nintendo in the 1980s and two decades later was appointed as the company’s director. In 2002, he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi to become the fourth President of Nintendo. Like any memorable leader, he was in charge when the company hit the highest (DS, Wii) and lowest (Wii U, GameCube) of its notes, crafting a legacy that will be remembered and cherished by fans the world over.
Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto, another Nintendo legend, represent the two remaining directors of the company.
Thank you for the fun childhood memories, Ms. Iwata.