PAX Prime Has An Area Specifically For Honouring Satoru Iwata


The tragic passing of late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata came as a shock to gamers and developers so it seems extremely fitting that he should be honoured at PAX Prime this weekend. The organisers behind the event have set up a special area designed for those who wish to pay their respects. It’s a relatively small area which features a display that pays tribute to his many accomplishments. It’s a nice way of being reminded what Mr Iwata did for the video game industry.

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There’s Going To Be A Splatoon Drawing Event On Miiverse To Honour Iwata

MariChan from Nintendo has taken to Miiverse to thank the fans for all their lovely messages to former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The team at Nintendo wanted to do something fun and special to commemorate Satoru Iwata so they have decided to announce a community driven Splatoon drawing event. We should get more details on the Art Academy Events community page at the end of the month, so stay tuned.

Hello everyone! MariChan here. Thank you so much for your outpouring of messages about Mr Iwata. Miiverse and everyone on it held a very special place in his heart, so I know he’d be very happy. Mr Iwata’s passing was an extremely painful time for all of us, but I feel like it’s our duty to carry on making Miiverse a fun and awesome place so we can keep his spirit alive! To that end, we’re planning a Splatoon drawing event. Look forward to more details in an announcement on the Art Academy Events community page on 31 July!

Sakurai Remembers Satoru Iwata In his Weekly Famitsu Column

Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakura has written about former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in his weekly column in Japanese gaming publication Famitsu. Sakura was extremely close to Mr Iwata and says that when he first heard the news of Iwata’s passing he said, “My mind went white and even now the reality hasn’t sunk in.” In his most recent column, Sakurai tried to describe Satoru Iwata in five ways.

He was a man of virtue. Where a normal person would get annoyed or angry, he would never show such emotions and would instead analyze, organize, and offer ideas. He was someone who could bow his head and apologize for things that weren’t his fault. I often worried about his stress levels, but he always talked with a smile.

He had a brilliant mind. Even when people would talk at length or without focus he was able to quickly say, “so, what you’re trying to say is…” and quickly summarize their point. He was able to see to the heart of people and things and was a master of simplifying them so that anyone could understand their point. He could immediately make a call on changes to improve. I have no doubt that many people were saved by this quality.

He was a man of effort. Even though he didn’t start out in the managing field, he read numerous management books, he would ask for advice from the necessary people that he would take to heart, and managed to become the president of Nintendo. What he gained from his years as a programmer allowed him to take many long-term projects to successful fruition.

He was open and generous.Things like his Iwata Asks, and Nintendo Direct weren’t things that necessarily required the president of Nintendo to stand at the front and do. There was always the risk of frivolous criticism. And yet, by being the spokesperson, I believe he showed the importance of properly conveying a message to his audience.

He was empathetic. After he became the president of Nintendo, he would write emails to all employees to communicate and as hard as it was, took a stance to try to treat everyone as equals. He would often ask third parties to see how people were doing. As an individual, he had no self-righteous qualities.

Super Mario Maker-Themed Cake Wars Episode Was Dedicated To Satoru Iwata

cake_wars_episode_mario_maker_satoru_iwata_tributeIt turns out that the recent Super Mario Maker-themed Cake Wars episode was dedicated to the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The episode aired last night and featured a number of special guests, including Nintendo Minute host Krysta Yang. It was a neat way to promote the upcoming Super Mario Maker game, which launches on September 11 for Wii U.

Evo 2015 Holds Moment Of Silence For Satoru Iwata

A moment of silence was held for Satoru Iwata at the Evo 2015 championship series yesterday, July 18. The tribute lasted for about 20 seconds and took place before a match between players of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The late Nintendo president passed away on July 11 due to complications with a bile duct tumor. He was 55 years old.

Here’s A Transcript Of Takeda’s Speech From Satoru Iwata’s Memorial Service

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo’s managing director and current co-representative director, shared a heart warming memorial address for Satoru Iwata at his funeral. Taker’s speech has been translated by Nintendo and the moving eulogy addresses Satoru Iwata’s family and the many employees throughout Nintendo.

“As we gather here today for a joint funeral with Nintendo Co., Ltd. and Mr. Iwata’s family, I would like to share my heartfelt condolences. President Iwata, allow me to call you Iwata-san, just as I always used to.”

“Iwata-san, you left us far too soon. Having just chaired our shareholders’ meeting the other day on June 26, the news of your sudden death has left all the employees overcome with a deep sorrow. The late Yamauchi-san passed the baton to you in naming you the president of Nintendo in 2002, and the two Senior Managing Directors of the company, Shigeru Miyamoto and I, have been assisting and working alongside you. Being rather short-tempered myself, the thing that I am most deeply struck by is that you were a true leader in every sense of the word, overflowing with compassion for people. You always maintained a two-way dialogue, even with the next generation of employees, or with much younger members of the development and marketing teams, or with employees outside of Japan whose different customs and cultures can make communication challenging — sometimes even admitting your own mistakes to them. You demonstrated this through your belief that people could eventually come to understand one another, and your strong conviction that the best way for us to grow is through patient communication, even if it took several times, a dozen times or even seemingly endless discussion.”

“You succeeded in planting the seed in employees’ hearts that, in order to solve an issue, there is a fundamental cycle whereby you make a hypothesis, execute the plan, see the result and then make adjustments, and by which you have caringly nurtured these seeds to sprout and mature into plants.”

“Until now, our successors and the younger generation would take a few first steps and then look back at you for guidance because they could not tell if they had chosen the right path. Today they cannot ask for your guidance anymore.”

“However, I am sure that they have already made the firm determination that they will continue on their own, making the hypothesis, executing the plan, seeing the results and reflecting on the results to improve and adjust by themselves.”

“In the face of your unbelievable passing it will surely take some time before we can emerge from this deep sorrow. Please know, however, that the seeds you have planted, and the plants that have sprouted will put forth small flowers as they bring smiles to the faces of people around the world, blossom into a grand flower bigger than even you, our leader, Iwata-san. Together with Miyamoto and others of our generation, we swear in our hearts that we will continue our efforts so that, someday, we can report and present to you the blossoming of these flowers. May you continuously watch over and guide us managers, our employees and your family.”

“On behalf of all of us, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences and sincerest prayer. May you rest in peace, Iwata-san.”

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GameSpot’s The Point Uploads Touching Feature Video To Honour Satoru Iwata’s Life

With Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata’s passing earlier this week, there has been an incredible outpouring of respect from friends, his colleagues, industry journalists and gaming fans across the world. Following Iwata’s funeral today – of which up to 4,000 people attended – and in honour of the former CEO, GameSpot’s video feature The Point has dedicated its weekly segment to exploring the life of Nintendo’s respected game designer and leader.

In the touching ten minute video, GameSpot’s Danny O’Dwyer takes fans from Iwata’s original game coding roots, his journey with Hal Laboratory’s Kirby, Super Smash Bros and Game Freak’s Pokemon series, and finally to his position at the helm of Nintendo. O’Dwyer manages to weave Iwata’s life together effortlessly in a wonderful tribute to Satoru Iwata. You can view the feature over at GameSpot, here, and we’ll make sure to embed the video above when it’s live on YouTube.