The Gaming Community Is Paying Respect To Satoru Iwata


Today has been a very sad day but also a day that makes me proud to be part of the gaming community. We’ve seen an out-pour of support, not just in the Nintendo community, but in the gaming community as a whole. From Nintendo fans, to gamers, to Nintendo employees, to designers, to journalists, to publishers, to even other companies; many are honoring, remembering and paying their respects towards Satoru Iwata. Here’s some of the gaming community paying their respects.

“No matter the farewell, I think the most appropriate thing to say is “we”ll meet again.”  We are friends so we”ll see each other again.  There is nothing strange about saying it.  Yeah.  We’ll meet again.

Even if you didn’t have the chance to put into words how sudden it was going to be, how far you’d be traveling, or how you went much earlier than expected, I know you went wearing your best.

You always put yourself second to others no matter what, helping anyone who needed it whenever they needed it.  You were that kind of friend.  Although you may have been a little selfish for the first time ever by taking this journey.

The truth is though that I still don’t believe any of it.  I feel like I am going to receive a message from you inviting me out to eat at any moment.  I wouldn’t mind if you were to ask me like always if I had some free time.  Even still, I’d ask you as well.

Still, “we’ll meet again.”  It would be great to hear from you whenever and wherever; I’ll being calling to you too.  I’ll call if I have something to discuss or I want to tell you a great new idea I’ve had.

We’ll meet again.

Then again, you’re here with me now.”

Shigesato Itoi

We at PETA are deeply saddened by the death of Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata. Many of us grew up with Nintendo—we’ve celebrated games such as Nintendogs, which PETA Europe named Best Animal-Friendly Video Game, and our love for these games powered the parodies we’ve made, such as the Super Mario Bros.–spoofing Super Chick Sisters, in which players try to save Princess Pamela Anderson from the evil Colonel Sanders, and Pokémon Black & Blue: Gotta Free ‘Em All, in which players battle to free Pokémon from human enslavement. Our thoughts are with Mr. Iwata’s family and everyone at Nintendo today.

– Joel Bartlett, PETA’s senior director of marketing innovations

“Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing of Mr Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Global President. 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 industry 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

July 13, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), today issued the following statement in response to the death of Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo.

“Iwata-san’s passing affects us all deeply. He was a true visionary who expanded our understanding of the amazing art of video games. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and Nintendo colleagues.”

I think many of us can agree that his death affects us deeply and significantly. Although we never met him, his vision for the gaming industry has led to the creation of beautiful games for us to play. Man, we can’t thank him enough for all the smiles he planted in the world.

Thank you, Mr. Iwata.

Yoshinori Ono

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

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.

Reggie Fils-Aime

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