RIP Satoru Iwata

6 Dec 1959
11 Jul 2015
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Nintendo’s chief executive has died of cancer at the age of 55, it said Monday, in an upheaval for the Japanese videogame giant just months after abandoning a consoles-only policy and launching a push into the booming smartphone games market.

A leading figure in the videogame industry, Iwata oversaw the success of Nintendo’s Wii games console and a surge in revenue before smartphone games started eating away at its success, forcing the strategy re-think.

A visibly thinner Iwata announced last year that he was sick and did not attend the firm’s shareholder meeting in June 2014, although the severity of his illness was unclear at the time.

He returned to work over the following months, and continued to be the public face of the company, announcing financial results in May.

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