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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"

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the first time...

Editorial: Gamers Remember and Celebrate Satoru Iwata in Their Own Special Way

Gamers Remember and Celebrate Satoru Iwata in Their Own Special Way

​His legacy remains

We're going to kick off our run of year-end features with this touching piece by long-time reviewer and news writer Tim Latshaw. He reflects on the way gamers commemorated and remembered Satoru Iwata following his passing, and how his legacy lives on. An interesting form of tribute to Satoru Iwata was observed in the weeks...

News: Splatoon And Super Mario Maker Honoured At The Game Awards 2015

Splatoon And Super Mario Maker Honoured At The Game Awards 2015

Satoru Iwata gets a special tribute, too

The Game Awards 2015 took place in Los Angeles last night, and while Nintendo didn't choose to show off any new games or make any groundbreaking announcements, the company did come away with three (and not two, as we previously reported) awards. Super Mario Maker was awarded Best Family Game, while Splatoon...

News: We Could See New Nintendo Stuff At The Game Awards 2015, As Well As A Tribute To Satoru Iwata

We Could See New Nintendo Stuff At The Game Awards 2015, As Well As A Tribute To Satoru Iwata

Producer Geoff Keighley does some teasing

The Game Awards 2015 takes place in a few days, and producer Geoff Keighley has been answering a few questions about the event via Periscope - and it would appear that the event could hold a few surprises for Nintendo fans. Keighley stated that NX won't be making an appearance at the show - hardly a shock,...

Video: Gaming Historian Pays Tribute To The Late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Gaming Historian Pays Tribute To The Late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Has someone been chopping onions?

Many of us are still coming to terms with Satoru Iwata's passing. Nintendo's president was a much-loved and admired leader in the video game industry who guided the company through some of the most significant periods of its long and proud history. We've shared many of the Gaming Historian's videos on Nintendo Life...

News: 1993 Kirby's Adventure Interview Reveals Cut Content, Alternative Names And Why Kirby Is Pink

1993 Kirby's Adventure Interview Reveals Cut Content, Alternative Names And Why Kirby Is Pink

"Normally a character like Kirby would have been yellow"

Kirby is now a firmly-established member in Nintendo's vast catalogue of intellectual properties, but back in 1993 he was very much a newcomer looking to prove himself - as this fascinating interview from the period attests. Freshly translated by Shumplations.com, the feature originally...

News: Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Will Continue Despite Iwata's Passing

Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Will Continue Despite Iwata's Passing

"But we have no details to provide now"

Nintendo has told IGN that its popular Nintendo Direct broadcasts will continue in some form, but at the moment it is unable to provide specific details. Here's what a Nintendo representative told the site: Nintendo Directs will continue, but we have no details to provide now on who will be featured or the...

News: Analysts Suggest That Nintendo's Quality Of Life Initiative Has Been "Put On The Back Burner"

Analysts Suggest That Nintendo's Quality Of Life Initiative Has Been "Put On The Back Burner"

Could Iwata's passing have put the brakes on QOL?

Industry analysts are suggesting that Nintendo's much-hyped Quality of Life project has been quietly mothballed following the untimely death of company president Satoru Iwata. Originally announced at the start of 2014, QOL hasn't been all that visible in Nintendo's current plans, and the death of...

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...

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...