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Reggie pays his respects to the late Satoru Iwata “His words and creations touched so many of us”

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Satoru Iwata sadly passed away five years ago today and Reggie Fils-Aime, former president and chief operating officer at Nintendo, has paid his respects today on Twitter. His tweet reads: “Five years ago my boss, mentor and friend #SatoruIwata passed away. His words and creations touched so many of us. I continue to think about him every day.” and I have included Reggie’s tweet below.

Satoru Iwata was loved by many, by both Nintendo fans and his colleagues at Nintendo and further afield.

His presence on stage, his unmistakable and joyful charm in the Nintendo presentations (who can forget that Wii U unboxing!), and his impact on Nintendo is still sorely missed to this day.

12 comments

  1. I’ve got to respect this man. If it wasn’t for him, we probably never would have gotten Mega Man in Smash bros.

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    1. Probably wouldn’t have gotten Smash Bros itself. Wouldn’t have gotten Earthbound. Wouldn’t have gotten Kanto in Gold/Silver. I think there were also some Gamecube projects that he came in the clutch for? Probably a lot of projects he helped get started.

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  2. I miss him. He ran Nintendo better than whoever is running it now. He at least would bring out Nintendo Directs more often and be sure the fans would not only know about future games but see them as well. Not just mention them one time 5 years later and then never mentioned that game again. Why mention a game in 2015 if you had not intention of releasing it? That’s stupid right there.

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  3. I would like to post the letter that Itoi (creator of Earthbound/Mother) wrote to Iwata after his passing. They were close personal friends.

    When I’m parting with a friend, regardless of the circumstances, I find it best to just say, “See you later.” We’ll meet again. After all, we’re friends.

    That’s right—nothing unusual about it. I’ll see you later.

    You went on a trip far, far away, even though it was planned for many years from now. You wore your best outfit and said “Sorry for the short notice,” though you didn’t say it out loud.

    You always put yourself last, after you’d finished helping everyone else. You were so generous as a friend that this trip might be your very first selfish act.

    I still can’t grasp what’s happened. It feels like I could still get a light-hearted e-mail asking me out to lunch at any moment—after you’ve made sure lunch wouldn’t disrupt my schedule, of course.
    You can invite me out whenever you want. I’ll invite you, too.

    So for now, let’s plan on meeting again. You can call me up whenever you like, and I’ll give you a call, too. I still have a lot to talk to you about, and if I come up with any particularly good ideas, I’ll let you know.

    So let’s meet again.

    No–I suppose we’re already meeting. Right here, right now.

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  4. Satoru Iwata was the best president at #Nintendo and he brought us his latest creation that we have now. Its been five years since his tragic passing. This still really hurts. I know some people out there have health problems these days at the age of 50 and 60, but its too soon for them to leave this planet. R.I.P Iwata. :-(

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  5. 5 years ago already? Damn…

    I remember when I first defeated Ganon in BotW and watched the credits. At the end when “Executive Producer: Satoru Iwata” scrolled by, I thought “Wow… this might be the last time we’re going to see that name credited with that role… Thank goodness it’s in a masterpiece like this.”

    Satoru Iwata: Gone, but NEVER forgotten.

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  6. I’ll never forget how shocked I was when I first heard he passed away (right here on My Nintendo News). And ‘ll never stop missing Satoru Iwata. Out of everyone at Nintendo, he had the greatest personality. He made the Directs more fun to watch. Some things really seemed to go downhilll after his passing.

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