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News: Genyo Takeda The Likely Choice For Nintendo President, Analysts Claim

Genyo Takeda The Likely Choice For Nintendo President, Analysts Claim

More likely than Shigeru Miyamoto

Following the tragic death of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata there has been much speculation on who will take on his role within the company. Shigeru Miyamoto's name has been brought up - a logical choice, given his fame in the games industry - but it would appear that the smart money is on Genyo Takeda, who gave a...

News: Super Smash Bros. Creator Pays Tribute To His Former Superior And Friend, Satoru Iwata

Super Smash Bros. Creator Pays Tribute To His Former Superior And Friend, Satoru Iwata

"My mind went white and even now the reality hasn’t sunk in"

Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has used his column in Weekly Famitsu to pay tribute to his former superior at HAL Laboratory, Satoru Iwata. Iwata passed away recently after a long battle with cancer, and Sakurai says that after hearing the sad news his "mind went white and...

News: Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Future And Satoru Iwata's Possible Successor

Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Future And Satoru Iwata's Possible Successor

"Iwata was infectiously enthusiastic about Nintendo"

Following the tragic loss of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata last week, it was inevitable that thoughts would quickly turn to Nintendo's future. Beyond his business leadership, and the successes he delivered, Satoru Iwata will also be remembered for his humour and humility when...

News: Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto Share Belief That Satoru Iwata's Ideas "Will Make People Around the World Smile"

Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto Share Belief That Satoru Iwata's Ideas "Will Make People Around the World Smile"

Thousands pay respect to former company President

Satoru Iwata's funeral took place on 17th July in Kyoto, bringing a respectful farewell to the former Nintendo President. Iwata-san's final resting place in Kyoto has been visited by around 3000 people in the last few days who sought to pay their respects. The funeral itself was attended by a number...

News: Nintendo Offers Humble Thanks For Condolences Following Satoru Iwata's Funeral

Nintendo Offers Humble Thanks For Condolences Following Satoru Iwata's Funeral

Gives "heartfelt gratitude" to those that attended the service

Following his untimely and devastating passing earlier this week, Satoru Iwata's funeral has now been held in Japan. The Nintendo President passed away on 11th July, aged 55, with the company issuing a notification on 13th July. The official Nintendo Twitter account has now shared its...

Feature: Our Tributes and Memories of Satoru Iwata

Our Tributes and Memories of Satoru Iwata

A Direct farewell

With the passing of Satoru Iwata in recent days, announced on 13th July, it's been a difficult period for fans of Nintendo and Iwata-san in particular. We dedicated a day to the former Nintendo President, though we're sure he'd want the company and its fans to now look ahead to the future and all it can bring. We've already...

News: EarthBound Director Shigesato Itoi Pays Tribute to His Friend Satoru Iwata

EarthBound Director Shigesato Itoi Pays Tribute to His Friend Satoru Iwata

SNES classic was among Iwata-san's programming credits

To many Satoru Iwata is the former Nintendo President, an executive that was innovative and had an extraordinary relationship with the company's fans. Before that role, however - and occasionally during his time in management - Iwata-san was a highly skilled programmer, contributing heavily to...

Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful Brilliance of Nintendo, and His Legacy Will Endure

"In my heart, I am a gamer"

It's been a difficult day for plenty of Nintendo fans, gamers, developers, publishers and anyone who knew of Satoru Iwata's work or were lucky enough to know him personally. The announcement of his passing over the weekend came as a shock, especially as the last 12 months had been among his most vibrant and...

Obituary: Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata

A visionary that shaped a gaming generation

Satoru Iwata passed away on 11th July 2015, at 55 years of age. He was Nintendo's 4th company President, and oversaw a period of extraordinary success and then evolution, while becoming hugely popular with fans for his personality and humour. Born in Sapporo, Japan, Iwata-san's interest in electronics...

News: Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Aged 55

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Aged 55

Thank you for everything, Iwata-san

Deeply sad news from Japan this Sunday evening, Nintendo has announced the death of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth. From everyone here at Nintendo Life we extend our deepest...

News: Nintendo NX Will Avoid The Launch Issues Which Plagued 3DS And Wii U, Claims Iwata

Nintendo NX Will Avoid The Launch Issues Which Plagued 3DS And Wii U, Claims Iwata

"We intend to offer NX through a Nintendo-like solution"

The officially translated notes for Nintendo's 75th AGM are in, and unsurprisingly Satoru Iwata spends a lot of time talking about Nintendo NX, the company's next gaming system. During the Q&A session, Iwata was asked some rather direct questions about how Nintendo intends to avoid a...

News: Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doesn't Want Rivals To Steal Its Ideas

Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doesn't Want Rivals To Steal Its Ideas

"The NX is new hardware, and will start from 0"

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has claimed that Nintendo has to keep quiet on NX because it believes that competitors will steal the unique ideas it is cooking up for its next console. During a shareholders meeting today, Iwata responded to a question regarding the transition between Wii U and 3DS...

News: Satoru Iwata Didn't Apologise For Nintendo's E3 Digital Event, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

Satoru Iwata Didn't Apologise For Nintendo's E3 Digital Event, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

"Essentially it was an 'I hear you' message"

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event has generated plenty of discussion, not all of it positive. There's been an incredibly downbeat response to the broadcast, with many fans complaining that Nintendo isn't giving them what they want. Things appeared to be so bad that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

News: Muppets Creator Responsible For Those Amazing E3 2015 Digital Event Puppets

Muppets Creator Responsible For Those Amazing E3 2015 Digital Event Puppets

The Jim Henson company confirms its involvement

One of the highlights of Nintendo's E3 Digital Event was the amazing puppets of Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto - and the trio of Star Fox characters, Fox, Peppy and Falco. The quality of the puppets led many to speculate that the world-famous Jim Henson company was involved - the...

News: Iwata Vows To Listen To E3 2015 Digital Event Feedback And "Work To Better Meet Your Expectations"

Iwata Vows To Listen To E3 2015 Digital Event Feedback And "Work To Better Meet Your Expectations"

All feedback is good feedback?

Nintendo's Digital Event has been and gone, and to say the reaction has been somewhat mixed would be an understatement. While Star Fox Zero ticked all of the relevant boxes, other announcements didn't get the kind of response Nintendo was possibly looking for. The reaction has been so strong that Nintendo president...

News: Nintendo Committed To Making Smart Device Gaming One Of Its Key "Revenue Pillars" 

Nintendo Committed To Making Smart Device Gaming One Of Its Key "Revenue Pillars" 

But company still feels dedicated consoles are its future

Nintendo's alliance with DeNA has arguably been one of the biggest gaming announcements of 2015 so far, and marks a brave new era for the Japanese veteran following countless denials that it would ever move into the smart device arena. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has now revealed that...