VIDEO: Remembering Mr. Satoru Iwata

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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Iwata - E3 2013 Thumbs Up

There will never be another like you Mr. Iwata. Rest in peace knowing that you meant so much to so many of us and affected all our lives in some way.

The sudden passing of Satoru Iwata came as a surprise to us all. Many of us are trying to find some way to honor his memory, in addition to just trying to communicate about how we feel and articulate the impact he left on us. Sometimes though you just need to talk about things rather than write about them, and this was one of those cases. Try as I might, I found myself unable to put on paper just how much Mr. Iwata meant to this industry as well as the personal effect he had on me. As such, I decided to record something yesterday to express those thoughts and hopefully honor the memory of this great gamer and leader.



About Benny Carrillo

A gamer since the days of the NES, this professional otaku adores Mega Man, Super Robot Wars, Yuri, Visual Novels, the Slice of Life anime genre, and of course Hyperdimension Neptunia. His mission on oprainfall is to help deliver the news straight to you.

  • DariusQ

    Very touching. As someone who grew up on Nintendo as well I can share that feeling of transition between Yamauchi’s iron rule and Iwata’s qwirky openness. Iwata was undeniably a gamer, and one who stood for inclusiveness without being militant about it.

  • Chris Tomashek

    Nice tribute, man, absolutely beautiful. It was devastating to hear of this over the weekend, as somebody who has stuck with Nintendo through thick and thin, perplexing decisions and all, for nearly 25 years. Iwata was a rare breed of businessman, who always provided a refreshing presence in his Directs and other appearances and interviews. Part of me thinks he began all of these new initiatives (mobile partnership with DeNA, Universal theme part attractions, etc.) knowing the end was near and wanting to guide Nintendo towards an exciting and adventurous future, so there’s no doubt this man’s legacy will be felt for years to come. It’s just a shame that he couldn’t be around to see all of these things come to fruition…

    RIP, Iwata-san. You will be (and already are) missed dearly.