Japanese developer M2 has revealed that one of its key staffers has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer.

Akira Saito worked on the Sega 3D Classics range on 3DS as well as the Master System and Genesis/Mega Drive emulators on the Wii Virtual Console. He was 43.

M2 president Naoki Horii sums up Saito-san's legacy best:

He lived his life with video games.

The 3D Classics range has been a massive highlight of the 3DS eShop, offering players the chance to experience some of Sega's best titles in a new format. Offering 3D support as standard and packed with bonus features, several of the games have been bundled together in a retail collection, which is due out in North America soon.

Our thoughts are with Saito's family and colleagues at this difficult time.