Today I woke up to some sad news... Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo, has died, only 55 years old.
Iwata was a great man, a programming genius and a great boss for Nintendo. This is the guy who reprogrammed Earthbound from scratch and saved the game, compressed Pokémon Gold/Silver so the developers could add double as much data (including Kanto), debugged Smash Bros Melee just a few weeks before release, and cut his own salary in half some years back when Nintendo was losing money so he wouldn't have to fire anyone. He put games before profits, knew that games were all about fun, and clearly cared about the company and games. He wasn't afraid to have some fun and goof off in Nintendo Directs and other presentations, bringing us memorable moments like "banana holding", "Year of Luigi" and "Reggie vs. Iwata fight"
It's still hard to believe he's gone... No more seeing him present games DIRECTLY to you in Nintendo Directs. No more Iwata Asks. No more of his great leadership skills and love for games the gaming world needed.
Rest in peace, Iwata. You will be greatly missed.
I think I'll play some Earthbound in his memory for the rest of the day...
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer." - Satoru Iwata
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