Post by Nester the Lark on Jul 12, 2015 20:11:29 GMT -5
I really don't know what to say about this...
I truly, genuinely liked the guy. His warm personality, his quirky mannerisms... His business decisions were a bit controversial, but frankly, I really appreciated that about him. He wasn't "just another" CEO. He thought outside the box. He took risks. He was the president Nintendo deserved. He was a breath of fresh air in the video game industry.
Iwata was one of, if not the best, programmer Nintendo (Well, HAL) had back in the day. He pretty much singlehandedly saved Earth Bound. He was an amazing choice for CEO and President and he will be missed greatly.
Post by Johans Nidorino on Jul 13, 2015 0:47:56 GMT -5
We knew about his health issues, but I didn't count on him leaving this early or let alone because of that. A wise leader who empathized with both developers and players. I really enjoyed his Iwata Asks interviews and the Nintendo Direct format for announcements. Can't really picture modern Nintendo without him. R.I.P.
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I'm not going to lie, I was with my girlfriend watching a movie and I went to go to the bathroom. When I got back she told me that he died and I actually started crying. I was trying to laugh it off but I honestly couldn't believe it. Poor, poor man. He always seemed like he thoroughly enjoyed his job and always seemed so happy. It's heartbreaking.
I'm not too proud to admit that his passing has gotten to me, and I have shed tears for him. He was a class act, and always a welcome presence whether hosting a Nintendo Direct, or speaking with his peers in an Iwata Asks. He was passionate about his work in the industry, and not just a pencil pushing suit like so many others.
He will be missed dearly, and I know that for me it will take some time to get used to future ND presentations without him.
This announcement was a shock, he seemed like he had recovered since last year. It seemed like he would have stepped down if his health was truly that bad. There's been a theory that the E3 2015 Iwata Muppet may have been made so we didn't have to see him in a poor state of health at E3.
Over the years I have seen his speeches including his GDC 2005 speech where he talks about his history with programming a baseball game on his calculator and even talking about Kirby being made white for the west with Kirby's Dream Land.
He also seemed very proud of his company's products and from the sounds of it even took time to play test games during his presidency. A story from Curve Studios (a British Developer) that made Fluidity/Hydroventure Spin Cycle mention how Iwata recommended them to include more levels that included rotating the 3DS 360 degrees. Which was then demonstrated by Iwata in a Nintendo Direct when he played the game. I aslo believe there's also a story out there of him cooking for his wife using Personal Trainer Cooking/Cooking Navi.
An incredible man, a very talented programmer, a president who took risks and accepted mistakes, and knew that fun was the most important thing that Nintendo could deliver. Which then reminds me of this image.
Post by nocturnal YL on Jul 13, 2015 9:36:10 GMT -5
I'm the east, so by the time I heard the news, it's Monday morning. What a way to start a week.
I don't really have much to say, besides some concern and fear. It's hard to find a passionate gamer-developer-executive hybrid like him. Nintendo is currently represented by Miyamoto (who is 60) and Takeda (65), and... let's just say I hope they have a contingency plan handily ready.
I don't have much to say here. Can't find the appropriate words.
Here's the last public video of Iwata: www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm25937431 -- At 17:05, he mentioned that he would have Morimoto from their advertising department handle subsequent Directs alongside him, citing his being 55 as a reason. That's the last we've seen of Iwata.
In terms of written stuff, there's Iwatter, a short campaign where he talks about E3 through Twitter. There's also their AGM on 25 June.
...I think this is making me feel worse. To think he worked hard to his fullest as close as just two weeks from now...
(I also fear that hemay not have anticipated his death. Here's hoping Miyamoto, Takeda and the others can keep the company sailing safe until a successor is established.)
Post by Nester the Lark on Jul 13, 2015 10:52:46 GMT -5
This is a turning-point for Nintendo, but I don't think they'll appoint a President/CEO that will drastically change the company's culture. He may do his own thing, but he'll remain true to Nintendo's core values, just as Iwata did.
At least, this is what I hope.
Anyway, here's a video of fans organizing some 21-gun salutes in Splatoon:
Post by Nester the Lark on Feb 19, 2016 15:09:44 GMT -5
Iwata was given DICE's Lifetime Achievement Award. Here's the presentation. Despite that Reggie messes up Shigesato Itoi's name, he does have an amusing anecdote about the one and only time he lied to Iwata.