Since the unfortunate and unexpected announcement of Mr. Iwata’s passing, many people have shared their condolences in and out of the industry. Others who have worked closer with Mr. Iwata have looked back and reflected on past experiences. One such individual is Yuji Horii of Dragon Quest fame. Apparently, Mr. Iwata was also a key individual in the release of the first Dragon
Warrior Quest game in the west.
Continue reading Mr. Iwata Did The Localization Programing For Dragon Warrior
During Satoru Iwata’s funeral, Genyo Takeda delivered a heart-felt memorial address in which he gave his condolences and pledged to continue Mr. Iwata’s legacy. Nintendo released and translated the statement. This is what he said.
Continue reading Nintendo Genyo Takeda’s Full Memorial Statement For Satoru Iwata
Thousands of friends, family members, colleagues and fans shown up to Mr. Iwata’s funeral over the past two days which was held according to Japanese custom. Nintendo said that over 2,600 people attended the services the first day and 1,500 attended the second day. This many people shown up despite terrible weather from a nearby Typhoon.
Genyo Takeda, who is co-running the business alongside Mr. Miyamoto until a replacement is decided on, delivered the eulogy. In it, he said that he and Mr. Miyamoto would finish the work that Mr. Iwata started.
The seeds that Mr. Iwata planted would one day grow into flowers “that will make people around the world smile.”
Nintendo NCL, Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe, and Nintendo of Australia all took to social media to thank everybody for all the support and condolences and also to thank those for showing up to the funeral.
Continue reading Thousands Attend Satoru Iwata’s Funeral; Nintendo Thanks Everybody For the Support
One of the more unique things that Nintendo has become known for in the past 10 years were the Iwata Asks features. Iwata Asks were a series of interviews by Mr. Iwata himself where he interviewed various different people about their jobs, their roles, and their creations. Many times, they gave a closer look at different products and more insight on the development process.
Nintendo has updated the Iwata Asks part of their site with a small tribute in the form of a banner. Here’s what it says:
These installments of Iwata Asks remind us of our dear colleague, friend and mentor, Mr. Satoru Iwata, upon his passing.
Unfortunately, it’s not likely that we’ll see anymore Iwata Asks features. We may not even see anything similar to it. However, these are a great collection of interviews that I highly recommend giving a read.
This has obviously been a very tough past few days for Nintendo. Because of what has happened, we can expect the next week or so to be a bit slower revolving around the Big N. Due to the recent events, Nintendo has decided to cancel further Camp Miiverse activities. This news comes in the way of a Miiverse post from Tom.
We decided to cancel future Camp Miiverse activities this summer in light of the recent events. Please accept my deepest and most sincere gratitude to everyone who joined. We hope you had fun playing, and continue to do so playing our games. Thank you.
Nintendo also put out a message thanking the community for the support through the hard times.
In this weeks episode Myles and Nick pay tribute to the President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata who passed away on Sunday 12th July. Also this week, they do a horrible job of reading the headlines, trade some Pokemon and do 5 Live Remaining possibly for the last time ever. Continue reading NintendPals Episode 22: In Dedication to Satoru Iwata
Amazon UK‘s games section is honoring Satoru Iwata as well. On the side of the page his picture and his years of life. It’s a great nod to a legend.
Also, according to a rep on Reddit, Amazon has also decided to delay their Amiibo announcement a day out of respect for Satoru Iwata.
Hey everyone. I know how excited you are for what we have in store, but my team just had a discussion, and out of respect for Satoru Iwata, we’re going to be delaying our announcement by one day. Iwata was a visionary that had a near-immeasurable impact on the industry as a whole, and we didn’t want to simply ignore that and push forward without acknowledging. RIP Satoru Iwata.
Good on you Amazon!