Many among the gaming industry took to social media to pay homage to the coder that became President that is no more among them but will forever remain in their memories.
Updated with Nintendo's homage and many more.
The passing of Iwata is the saddest news I've heard in a long time
It is sad, and what's even sadder is the same trolls who were calling him the worst thing to happen to Nintendo before are now pretending that they are sad, so far I haven't seen any comments in bad taste which is good. Good on Sony and MS to show their respects too.
No matter if he was good or bad for the company, his death is still very sad, especially for his young age.
As a business man, Iwata was nowhere near the level he was as a programmer. The man was a master of coding but he steered the business side of Nintendo into many unfortunate roads. That said, any gamer worth their salt has to pay respect to what he did for gaming. Without him there would be no Earthbound. Without him, there would be no Pokemon Gold and Silver. There are many things he did for gaming that are deserving of respect.
boooo get out of here Dragon with you damn comments! He was a great CEO (disregards Wii U sales, lack of new releases etc)
@DragonKnight No. He was a damn good CEO as well. He is credited with producing some of the highest selling consoles of all time, as well as saving HAL Lab when he was president there. He dun goofed in some of his latter years, but that doesn't negate his previous decades of success. The Wii, DS, and 3DS were all resounding successes, it was just the Wii U that failed under his head. And even then, he found a way to turn a profit in the end. Iwata's tenure as president started in 2004: http://playeressence.com/ju... I'm not sure what you would call that, but producing the biggest numbers in a century old company's history and making more in one year than the rival companies made in an entire generation is not bad business. The man's fault was with the fans, not the numbers. But now's not the time to discuss that, at all.
Regardless of what people think of his business sense, it's still sad that he's gone.
@Summons75 Saying someone is a bad CEO / has a bad vision for a company, in no way is even remotely close to wishing death upon that person. You can not like what someone is doing, that doesn't mean you want that person dead, and it's something that the mature among us can manage to put aside for this moment as he's no longer with us, and his family has to endure this loss. You should have held some restraint and left you comment to yourself. This is not a time to even entertain trolling, have some respect and maturity, give your condolences and move on.
Iwata is one of the few people i really respect, He stood up against turning Nintendo into every other company and kept games about gameplay. If you look at most of the next gen non nintendo or last gen highest rated games they were mainly cinematic games where you press button and the game enters a cutscene and does all the stuff for you. He stood up for the dying breed of players that just want to play the game and not have the game play themselves, and he stood against nintendo from investing highly into mobiles. Hes a legend, i saw alot of c*** from this site bashing him wanting him dead so someone else takes over and hopefully in their eyes turn nintendo into a sony or microsoft. I hope those people feel happy for themselves.
Disagreeing with someone o policy, does not equate to wishing them dead. You can venomously disagree with someone, without wishing them harm. some fanboys might not grasp that concept, but that's how normal people live.
Just because someone called him out doesn't mean they cannot be genuinely sad that he passed. I think he needed to step down but I respect him for his years of dedication and what he has done in the past. Still the wii was a terrible console, the WiiU is terrible, their sales only pick up when a gimmick catches fire like motion controls. They deliver very few games and the majority of them are the same old same old platformers. Their online is outdated, their systems lack features and are underpowered. They focus on shoehorning impossible to locate toys to sell games. Their handheld took four revisions to add a second circle pad. Fans have petition for months and years to get games localized. Wrong direction. Still I respect him for his games he made and not whoring out the brand. A lesser man would've caved to shareholders and milked dlc, put every game on mobile, and went the westernized route that destroyed Capcom, Konami, and Sega. His death doesn't undue all his negative decisions and it doesn't undue his positive ones. This is life not a console war where you either agree with the bandwagon or disagree. Whether you agree with him or not he was a genuinely good guy with an amazing amount or respect and humility. I am sad that he died at a time when the whole gaming community was chastising Nintendo even if it was more than justified. Doesn't mean we didn't care or admire him. We only complain because we care. R.I.P.
Just to clarify the hate came from his business side of things so don't get it mixed up with something that's not ;) And just because we criticize the company doesn't mean we are heartless. R.I.P Iwata
@summons75 Maybe they're not pretending. Maybe death finally opened their eyes to how great Iwata truly was. Iwata's kind, humble, and charismatic attitude to the gaming community is something that I'm really going to miss.
"who were calling him the worst thing to happen to Nintendo before are now pretending that they are sad" Whats sad is how your disrespecting Iwata by placing his life on the same level as some business decisions that he made. Regardless of what I thought of him as a CEO I never wanted him to die so young. The loss of a human life is a very serious matter and I can imagine his loved ones are distraught over what happened. Next time have some respect for him instead of dragging comments about trolls into this.
What has business decisions got to do with feeling sad for his death? Do you want people to be happy or mock his death just because they werent happy with business choices? Do you want people to troll his death too? Great time to bring up trolling. :-/ Actually, you are the one trolling by inciting anger and responses from people by making such a comment. Otherwise everyone was just giving their condolences.
Calling someones mistakes does not mean you're not going to care if that person dies I didn't like where he was taken the company, I wanted him to step down....but to die.....I'm not a monster. However I'm not going to be fake and go through that phase of changing my entire opinion of him because he's no longer with us. So i think these apparent "trolls" still care, no one is that heartless
Not that I was bad mouthing this man, but you need to learn to differentiate between games and life. RIP Mr. Iwata, may you be in a better place in peace.
In the end no one has ever been really against each other its all about living a dream and revolutionizing the gaming industry to live on.
he was too young to die, regardless of how he managed Nintendo, Im sure he was a good family man
@EDMIX Show a little respect to a man at his passing. Learn to be just a little bit decent. Just even a little bit.
Iwata hasn't made the greatest decision when it came to the third party support of the Wii U. That doesn't change the fact that his contributions along Miyamoto's helped the gaming industry prosper. I pay my respects to Mister Iwata, as I enjoyed the games he worked on. R.I.P. Mister Iwata.
They actually tried to regain third party support this gen, it mostly failed due to weak performance.
@bigpappy read what i said alot people on this site have specifically said they rather see him dead because they felt like he wouldn't budge from his position and now i see the same people acting sad.
Iwata was every bit as good of a businessman as he was a coder. Under his tenure as president/ceo of Nintendo we were given the DS, 3DS, Wii, and Amiibo all of which are WILDLY successful platforms and products. People try to use the Wii U to slight him and his impact on gaming when in fact that is all but a grain of sand on the beach that is his long and illustrious career... Troll harder. Long live Iwata-san!
I feel like he really cared. He REALLY cared about making fun games more than making money. The man refused to lay off employees in hard times and took voluntary pay cuts when times were rough just to help the company
R.I.P may your spirit and soul bless future Nintendo products.
Yeah, he will be missed. I know this must be hard on the people who worked with him closely.
He was the first guy who make me become a gamer. Not just I'm become Playstation Gamer, but also become big part of Gaming Community. Even you are Xbox Gamer, Playstation Gamer, Nintendo Gamer or PC Gamer. We are GAMER, That's all matter. RIP IWATA.
RIP Mr.Iwata, He's in a better place now and he isn't in anymore pain.
I'm really gonna him.
Very sad :/ too young. RIP
My Last Message to IWATA : THANK YOU !
I'm really sad about this news, i mean, the entire gaming community. His work will live forever, rest in peace Iwata.
55?! Well that's terrible news.
First Kojima Productions is disbanded now this all in one weekend. Sad times a plenty in the gaming community
Rest in peace Iwata. You will be missed.
NX will be a tribute to Satoru Iwata, it will be his final masterpiece.
I will miss him very much.
It's great that people are remembering him for all of his great works in the industry I just wish people was this nice to each other all the time. So many peopl get wrapped up in these console wars that they spit nasty words at each other without thinking of the other person behind the screen. In the end we're all human, and deserve respect. Mr. Iwata was a very humble and respectful human being even though he was in competition with these other companies. A lot of people could take a page out of his book. How about we be kind and say kind things to people when they're alive and can actually feel and be affected by our kindness? When they're dead, they're gone, and the kind things we say are only a way of making ourselves feel better.
I agree. It would be so amazing if we could all just set aside the pettiness and hatred once and for all. It shouldn't take a tragedy such as this for us to pull together as a community. Even in a sad time like this you still see people randomly disagreeing with people who merely commented to pay their respects. Shameful... OT: My prayers will be with his family.
The best comment I've ever read on N4G.
Rest in peace Mr. Iwata. Have the urge to play some Super Mario, who's with me?
I didn't even know he was sick, so it was shocking to see the top story on N4G today. http://n4g.com/news/1758099... Rest in Peace, Mr. Iwata.
As big a fan of Nintendo I may be, I can honestly say I had no idea either. Knowing his age, after being made aware of his death, I was waiting to see it be some sort of accident. When I found out it was the result of long time health issues, I was shocked.
I can't imagine Nintendo Directs without him. He had slowly become the Face of Nintendo, as I'm sure they had planned. Because of this his absence will be noted a lot more and the next announcement of a Nintendo Direct will be more bitter than sweet.
Why are people disagreeing when people are commenting RIP to the man . Show some respect .
I was not expecting this. :I Rest in peace Iwata. Edit: People there will be other articles where we can discuss how he did as CEO. This article isn't the place for that though since we are commenting the death of Iwata and should be filled with sympathetic comments instead of people arguing over how he did as CEO.
I haven't been into Nintendo gaming as of late, but my first gaming experience started with an NES and the likes of Super Mario Bros and donkey kong. So thank you Iwata for the childhood memories and my condolences go out to Nintendo employees friends and especially his family mourning his loss.
Earthbound was that one game that got me into RPGs and if it weren't for Iwata, it wouldn't have been the game that it is right now. Rest in Peace, Mr. Iwata. https://www.youtube.com/wat...
great man & contributed so much.. R.I.P. Iwata.. No DS, 3DS, Wii, Kirby, or Earthbound & much more without him
As someone who's significant other has worked for Nintendo for almost 20 years I can say this man truly cared about the people that worked under him He treated his people like a family and was incredibly family oriented. He was truly a class act and would be the first to say hello if you passed him in the hall. She cried when she was called and told of his passing, how many can say that about their employer? He will be missed.
Even I don't like you, but I'm agree with you. Because we do have some commons, losing someone like that. It's just sad and painful to feel. I'm not trolling. I'm just f******** sick of good people die too soon. So I give you thumb up 👍.
I never realized how big of a deal he was to me. I wish I had.
This is awful news to wake up to. Only weeks ago we saw him during the E3 conference. RIP.
R.I.P Iwata, you have left a mark on the gaming industry. Regardless if I am gaming or not, you will always be remembered. Great man.
Very sad. Unexpected and shocking news rip
Very shocking. Rest is peace.
Sad news. RIP. Sad that people cannot wait a single day to stick the boot in on his perceived flaws. Have some decorum FFS.
Godspeed Iwatasan. You will be missed by fans all around the world.
It is so nice to see that at the end of the day, in between all our fanboy hate, and console wars, that people still respect other people. He was a huge force in the gaming world and did tons of great things for Nintendo. As far as CEO's go he was very well respected by his peers. He will be sorely missed. Nintendo will continue to forge new paths and blaze new trails.
OMG! I woke up this morning and read this. We have all be throwing such huge fits over Nintendo decisions, consoles, games released or not released and this guy was just trying to fight for his life and run a massive company at the same time. All of my arguments and complaints feel petty and I am deeply sorry to hear that Mr Iwata will not be with us anymore. I wish everyone that knew him finds some peace and please know that the gaming world, despite a lot of things said, is sincerely sorry.
And there goes an entire age from Nintendo. Rest in peace, Iwata, thanks to you, I had plenty of funny and happy moments in my life. Thank you.
Wii lost one of the greatest video game creator and a pioneer, the gaming community and industry will never be the same. Thank u Mr Iwata for all those awesome memories, RIP.
Rest in peace Mr. Iwata. I hope his friends and family may find solace. He was a very respectful man and his loss is hard for the entire industry.
If anybody deserved a 1up mushroom, it was this guy. Rest in peace Iwata, you're gone but not forgotten.
Damn...He was so young...RIP my friend
RIP Mr. Iwata. We'll miss you, big cheese. :(
Iwata what you did for Nintendo and the Gaming Industry will never be forgotten R.I.P.