Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passes away


Iwata was 55

[Update: Developer legend and Nintendo General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto issued a statement in reaction to Iwata's death, saying that he was "surprised at this sudden news and overcome with sadness."]

In a brief statement issued through its Japanese website, Nintendo announced that President Satoru Iwata passed away Saturday at age 55. The cause of death is said to be from a bile duct growth.

Iwata had been part of Nintendo for many years and was first made president in 2002 while also becoming the president of Nintendo of America in 2013.  During his time as president, he oversaw the Wii, Wii U, DS, and many other projects. He also had a hand in working on several classic Nintendo franchises like Legend of Zelda, Mario, and Animal Crossing. He was well-known during his tenure for public-facing gestures like the "Nintendo Direct" and "Iwata Asks" broadcasts.

Japanator offers condolences to his family and friends.

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