Nintendo issued a press release Sunday, announcing that its chief executive Satoru Iwata died of cancer at the age of 55. Just last year, he also missed the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting after undergoing surgery due to similar health issues.
Iwata was known for his bold ambition to reinvent Nintendo. Under his leadership, the company was able to launch two of its most popular consoles – the portable Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii. He also led Nintendo into the thriving smartphone gaming sector by closing a deal with DeNA, a mobile gaming company.
Iwata will not only be remembered for showing remarkable business acumen. Winning the hearts of video game fans with his warm smile and undeniable love for video games, he also became the face of Nintendo as he made memorable appearances at big events.
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