It’s hard to say goodbye to such a warm and kind voice that echoed through our games, and presented the news from Nintendo “directly” to its fans, worldwide.
Nintendo Direct began on October 21, 2011, with Reggie Fils-Aime presenting news for the 3DS system with games like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D World, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Iwata Asks was already happening, since 2010, as a series of interviews conducted by, then, Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata with key creators of Nintendo games and hardware.
On November 27, 2012, Iwata provided some information “directly” to us, in a Nintendo Direct Mini.
On January 8, 2013, Iwata recalled, with us, the long story of a favorite franchise and its future, in a Pokémon Direct. Since this edition of Nintendo Direct, Iwata kept revealing the new games and updates from Nintendo.
Nintendo has written and framed, in a wall of a conference room, at the Nintendo Headquarters, in Kyoto, the words “Create something unique”, in Japanese characters. The words are from since the early days of the company, and it seems Iwata followed those words very affectionately.
The games from Nintendo are well known to be unique and evolutionary, even nowadays!
Iwata was president during the great sales of the Wii and Nintendo DS and during the repeated company losses. He officially joined Nintendo in 2000, but had worked on games at the studio HAL Laboratory.
Across the Internet we can read and see words and images of condolences and sympathies to Iwata’s family and his co-workers at Nintendo.
His achievements don’t pass unnoticed, with memories of his help during Earthbound, Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Stadium development and his values towards Nintendo and its employees being remembered fondly.
Joining the Video Games’ community: a big thank you, Satoru Iwata! We already miss you.