How Fifth Graders Reacted to Satoru Iwata's Death

Paste: Satoru Iwata’s sudden passing affected me more than I expected. As a kid from the suburbs, my attachment to Nintendo began early but never veered into obsession; as a thirty-something freelance writer, videogames and Nintendo’s in particular have been my beat for the past five or so years. But my day job is teaching. Normally I stand in front of college freshman. This summer, I’m working at an academic camp outside Metro Atlanta where my charges are ten- and eleven-year-olds. To them, Iwata has been president of Nintendo for their entire lives.

I wondered: How would they react to the news? Do they care about Nintendo at all? So I decided to ask them. (Note: For what it’s worth, this is a school for Korean-American students.)

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