Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55

Nintendo has announced that its president and CEO, Satoru Iwata, died on Saturday. He was 55, and the cause of death was stated as a bile duct growth (bangungut) . Iwata took some time off for health reasons last year and had had surgery to remove a tumor, returning later in the year.

Iwata began his journey at Nintendo in the 1980s and worked on games like EarthBound. During his tenure he oversaw the launches of the GameCube, DS, Wii & Wii U systems. In 2000 he became a Director and in 2002 was appointed as the fourth president (succeeding Hiroshi Yamuchi).

Iwata was a fixture in the gaming industry and known for being one of the nicest executives around. He will be immensely missed.

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