Satoru Iwata, the company's president, has passed away at the age
of 55, according to a statement issued by Nintendo. The cause of
death was a bile duct tumor.
Iwata was named president of the company in 2002, when he succeeded
Hiroshi Yamauchi. Iwata was only the fourth president in the
history of Nintendo, and the first outside of the Yamauchi
Even while he rocketed up the corporate ladder, Iwata made clear
that he was a gamer first.
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am
a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer," he said at a
conference for game developers in 2005.
Under Iwata, Nintendo (NTDOF) cut
ranks with other console makers, and sought to stretch the
definition of "gamers." He rolled out the …
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