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 Post subject: Nintendo CEO dead
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, '15, 2:13 am 
Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo, has passed away at the age of 55:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technolog ... cid=AARDHP

Condolences to Mr. Iwata's family. :tombstone: :rose:


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 Post subject: Re: Nintendo CEO dead
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, '15, 5:21 am 
Iwata did a whole lot more than just be CEO of Nintendo for a number of years...he worked with HAL back in the day on games like the Kirby series, Earthbound and Balloon Fight. He also worked on Pokemon games, Mario, Zelda, Animal Crossing...basically, if it's a Nintendo-related franchise, Iwata probably had his hands in it at some point. He did a LOT for the company in the last 20+ years. And he died way too young, and as the article details, it was due to tumors in his bile duct which can cause a whole host of life-threatening problems. This is a pretty big loss for gaming as a whole, especially Nintendo and its fans. May he RIP.


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 Post subject: Re: Nintendo CEO dead
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, '15, 12:55 am 
Iwata is pretty much the reason Earthbound was even released over here. The code was a buggy mess and he rewrote it mostly on his own. Not to mention he took Pokemon Red and Green, figured out the battle code, and ported it over to create Pokemon Stadium. He was a gifted programmer and so much more. #ThankyouIwata


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 Post subject: Re: Nintendo CEO dead
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, '15, 1:07 am 
Yup. I did spend some time reading a little bit more of his history on my way home from work today while I was on the bus. He did a really great thing for the Earthbound/Mother franchise in particular, there is no question. I certainly don't agree with every decision he made while in a leadership position at Nintendo, but no matter how you cut it, it's a major loss, way too early.


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