Players, developers and other games industry figures from around the world have shown an outpouring of grief, appreciation and remembrance following the death of Satoru Iwata.
Iwata, who began as a developer on games such as Balloon Fight before moving his way up Nintendo's ranks to become the company's president and one of its most prominent public faces, passed away over the weekend. He was 55.
Despite moving onto the corporate side of things later in his career, Iwata remained closely involved with many of Nintendo's titles, receiving credits as executive producer and special thanks on hundreds of games.
Reacting to the news of his passing this morning, the games industry has taken to social media to celebrate Iwata's life and career.
Among those sharing their emotions and thoughts was Xbox chief Phil Spencer, who tweeted: Sad day for Iwata-san's family, friends, and gamers everywhere. His passion, creativity & leadership elevated our industry.”
Meanwhile, the official PlayStation Twitter account expressed its gratitude, saying: Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata.”
Arguably best-known for his willingness to get involved with Nintendo's front-facing Nintendo Direct announcements and E3 events, Iwata's legacy has been celebrated in fitting style, with fan art, videos of his distinctive presentations and heartfelt comments and memories about his drive to keep his staff happy.
Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata.— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 13, 2015
Sad day for Iwata-san's family, friends, and gamers everywhere. His passion, creativity & leadership elevated our industry.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 13, 2015
With sadness, we say goodbye to Satoru Iwata, a fantastic creator and a gamer at heart. Thank you from the GAME Community. #RIPIwata.— GAME.co.uk (@GAMEdigital) July 13, 2015
Listening to the Gary Jules version of Mad World was a huge mistake this morning. You represent everything good and pure about games.— Markus Persson (@notch) July 13, 2015
#RIPSatoruIwata gaming has lost a legend - a fantastic creator that will be remembered by all.— Keith Cox (@keithcox74) July 13, 2015
"Above all, video games are meant to be just one thing: Fun." Terribly sad news about Iwata-san. A gaming legend.— Graeme Boyd (@AceyBongos) July 13, 2015
Wake up to the shock that Satoru Iwata has passed away. Thoughts with his family at this incredibly challenging time x— Andy Payne (@PercyBlakeney63) July 13, 2015
Today is a sad day for our industry a great gamer that dedicated his life to make a great industry has left us. Rest in peace #RIPIwata— Alejandro Arque (@DarkVegetaMad) July 13, 2015
Ignore the boring financial Q&As and go and read Iwata Asks - paint a lovely picture of a programmer giddy to be sitting in the big chair.— Matthew Castle (@mrbasil_pesto) July 13, 2015
Sad day for gaming. Endless thanks to Iwata-san. Contributed to the creation of so so much magic. Long live Nintendo & may he rest in peace— Brandon Beck (@BrandonBeck) July 13, 2015
Thanks for the games Iwata and for always pushing that, first and foremost, they should be fun. A gaming hero.— Simon Miller (@SimonMiller316) July 13, 2015
The outpouring of emotion for the loss of a company CEO says so much about Iwata. He offered himself "directly" to us and we embraced him.— Dan Maher (@MrPointyHead) July 13, 2015
I hope Iwata's legacy is proving that great leadership isn't about sales numbers alone. Ethics, inspiration, and compassion matter too.— Jeremy Parish (@gamespite) July 13, 2015
Sad news this morning, rest in peace Iwata-san. Our thoughts are with his family and our friends & colleagues at Nintendo— Capcom UK (@Capcom_UK) July 13, 2015