Today has been a mournful day for the internet — between Nintendo’s voluntary social media blackout and the avalanche of tributes to honor Satoru Iwata, there is no doubt he will be warmly remembered. While Shigeru Miyamoto had previously released a statement, Reggie Fils-Aime (president and COO at Nintendo of America) issued one of his own, addressing Iwata’s legacy, personality, and the future of Nintendo:
Mr. Iwata is gone, but it will be years before his impact on both Nintendo and the full video game industry will be fully appreciated. He was a strong leader for our company, and his attributes were clear to most everyone: Intelligence, creativity, curiosity and sense of humor. But for those of us fortunate enough to work closely with him, what will be remembered most were his mentorship and, especially, his friendship. He was a wonderful man. He always challenged us to push forward…to try the new…to upset paradigms—and most of all, to engage, excite and endear our fans. That work will continue uninterrupted.