#RIPIwata: The games industry reacts to the passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

Matthew Jarvis
#RIPIwata: The games industry reacts to the passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

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.