Today, whichever gaming convention you visit, you are bound to find Nintendo to be among the most popular. In fact, it is common to see fans lining up outside trade shows just to get a chance to test out and find out more about what Nintendo has to offer. Nintendo has made a huge splash in the present day gaming environment. Recently, Nintendo revealed a short statement announcing that Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, has passed away at the age of 55 due to a bile duct growth.
As a talented programmer, Iwata joined HAL Laboratory in the 1980s, where he worked on games like EarthBound and Balloon Fight. In June 2000, he became as the director of the company. Two years after, he was promoted as a president of the company, following Hiroshi Yamauchi’s resignation. In 2013, he assumed responsibilities as chief executive of Nintendo of America. His poor health was clearly evident when he skipped last year’s E3. Shortly afterwards, he underwent surgery to remove the growth and update people on Twitter that his health is progressing well.
Iwata’s death shock the personnel and staffs of Nintendo as it was unexpected. Meanwhile, the gaming trade is planning to begin a new search for the next chief executive. While the succession plans have not been finalized as of the moment, the corporation adds that two acting representative directors, namely Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda. In fact, they have already taken the task of managing the business, and hoping for a smoother transition.