We heard last night about the tragic death of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata who passed away on July 11th. All eyes are now turning to his successor with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is now tipped to lead the company. However, Nintendo has yet to say who will take the role.
A number of Nintendo representatives have commented on the passing away of Satoru Iwata including Nintendo Europe president Satoru Shibata and also Mr Minamoto. Here’s what they had to say.
“I am surprised at this sudden news and overcome with sadness. The entire development team at Nintendo will remain committed to our development policy which Mr. Iwata and we have been constructing together and to yield the development results which Mr. Iwata would appreciate.”
– Shigeru Miyamoto
“It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel at this time. Mr. Iwata was a strong leader, a unique figure in the gaming indsutry and an important part of Nintendo’s history. He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly.”
“Just as Mr. Iwata challenged us to always push forward, we will ensure his legacy lives on through our ongoing work to always surprise and delight our fans. At this time our thoughts are with his family.”
– Satoru Shibata