Thousands Gather for Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's Funeral

Satoru Iwata

Iwata's tragic passing is a big loss to both the gaming industry and to the world.

By Martin Pratt @martin8652

Friends, colleagues and fans gathered in Kyoto, Japan to pay their respects to former Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, who died of cancer on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the age of 55.

According to Nintendo, over 4,000 people attended the funeral over two days.

Mr. Iwata began his videogame career as a programmer at HAL Laboratories, the developers of Kirby, before joining Nintendo as head of corporate planning in 2000. Iwata-san became the company's fourth president in May 2002, succeeding the late Hiroshi Yamauchi. Under his leadership Nintendo released two of its most popular products, the revolutionary Wii and DS.

His untimely death comes at a time of great change for Nintendo. For the first time the Japanese corporation will develop games for smartphones as well as branching out into health and fitness focused products, though little is known about that at this time.

Though Nintendo has yet to name a successor to Mr. Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda have been appointed as the company's temporary directors. As part of his eulogy at the funeral, Mr. Takeda said the seeds Mr. Iwata planted would one day grow into flowers and that they will "make people around the world smile."

Mr. Iwata was one of the gaming industry's true icons and a visionary. He will be missed.

All of us at Metaleater offer our sincere condolences to the Iwata family and Iwata's friends and associates.

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