President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Dies at Age 55
It is a sad day in the geek universe. Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has passed at the age of 55 due to a bile duct tumor per an official statement released by Nintendo.
Iwata was unable to attend E3 in 2014 due to a recent operation to remove a tumor from his bile duct. His absence at this year’s E3 was attributed to the lack of new hardware to present and a general meeting of shareholders planned for the following week, but fans speculated that it might be related to health concerns. Despite being unable to attend the conference in-person, Iwata was able to provide voiceover for Nintendo’s puppet video that was presented at this year’s E3.
Takeda is currently the general manager of Nintendo’s Integrated Research Division, a position he was promoted to in 1981. Takeda joined the company in 1972 and is noted for creating the Punch-Out!! series, as well as Nintendo’s first arcade game, EVR Racing.
Miyamoto is presumably more well-known to the majority of Nintendo fans, as he is famous for creating the Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, F-Zero and Pikmin series. He joined Nintendo in 1977 and is currently the general manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Analysis & Development division.
Geek Melee wishes Mr. Iwata’s family and the Nintendo Family our deepest condolences.