Today marks the one year anniversary of Satoru Iwata’s passing. Iwata’s passing shocked many of us. However, his impact on not only Nintendo but the gaming community as a whole can still be felt today. We would like to honor his memory.
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Before Iwata’s passing, I never understood how anyone could be upset when a celebrity passed away. I would see people mourn Michael Jackson’s death as if they had just lost their own uncle or brother. It never really made sense because celebrities were people that a lot of us simply have never met. This mentality changed after Iwata suddenly passed away a year ago. I get it now. Iwata’s untimely death shook the gaming community to its core as we lost a great leader. Satoru Iwata continually served as a role model for not only game developers but gamers themselves. “Games should be fun” is a mentality that a lot of people could benefit from having. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what kind of agenda someone is trying to push or their thoughts on representation within video games. At the end of the day, all that matters is if you had fun. A lot of us could really benefit from remembering this.
I’ve felt the sting of seeing people I’ve never met but greatly admire pass away all too often in my (fairly short) life so far. Iwata was one of them, and honestly one of the most shocking occurrences. Mr. Iwata genuinely loved games, and it reflected in how he interacted with Nintendo fans throughout the world. A gamer first and a businessman second. A man who had a hand in so many of the products that will live with me and mean the world to me until the day that I die. Nintendo Directs in particular were something that I would anticipate every single time, and I’ll always miss the man who delivered the latest Nintendo news with so much enthusiasm and passion.
When Nintendo announced that Satoru Iwata will be CEO of Nintendo, I didn’t know the person or cared much about the news. But even when I was young, I always thought “Hey, I know that name from my Kirby games”. So I never knew this person, but I always thought this man was…familiar to me. Someone I know already. And as the years went by, I began to know him better through interviews and E3-conferences. Of course it’s nothing compared from knowing a person in reality, but I always felt that he gave me the possibility to know him without actually meeting him. We saw him in Nintendo Directs, he personally presented and started the “Iwata Asks” series, which gave me a bigger opportunity to know this man and his passion for gaming and development. And to this day, this still amazes me and he kinda became a Role Model for me to look up to, even as an adult. He was someone I would love to meet and talk about how to make games with. But at the end of the day, this wouldn’t matter: I already know him. We know him. And we might not agree with his business decisions, but he was a man with heart in the industry. And in an industry, where many industry-people need to act like they care for games, we certainly know one thing about Satoru Iwata that is certainly true about him:
He loved games.
Thank you again, Iwata!
I honestly thought it was a really sick prank at first. But then it was confirmed that Iwata died. I honestly felt devastated that day (and honestly, it really takes something special for me to cry). Someone who was a real influence on me had just passed away at such a young age (for an adult, anyway). Rarely can you claim that a death shocks an entire community in one fell swoop; the condolences from other industry titans like Sony and Microsoft just go to show how much influence Iwata had on video games in general. The sweeping amount of tributes all across the internet, some more heartwrenching than others (Brawl in the Family came back just to draw a gut-punching but heartwarming and simple tribute), just go to further prove it.
I honestly didn’t know what to say when I first heard of his passing. He was honestly a different kind of president compared to others. Unlike other corporate heads who had no background in that kind of business, Iwata was oozing with passion. You could tell that he loved what he did and really tried opening up Nintendo to share that with people. Trying to share that “we aren’t a normal company”. It was sad to hear of his passing because everyone in the gaming industry was touched by his motivation and kind-hearted character. While as a person I don’t normally show emotion by crying, I was emotionally devastated when I heard about it. His legacy has lived on since his passing, and everything he has done in this world has had a profound positive effect that is still not wearing off. Even to this very day.
Iwata was a man that left a legacy that has had a huge impact even to this day. As a fan, he was the kind of man that you felt like you actually knew in a way. He’d welcome you and talk directly to you about Nintendo, like he was that cool Dad that worked there we all wanted. When he died, it hurt the industry and the fanbase. That’s a sign of how great he was and how many people he touched, indirectly or not. I still miss seeing him welcome me to a Direct, so if there is an afterlife, I hope he’s living on happily up there.
The day Satoru Iwata died came like a blow to the stomach. The unexpectedness of it all made it so hard to deal with. I felt like the world had lost a great dreamer, a man who, for better and for worse, chose to do what was unconventional. I’ll always remember him for contributing to three personally influential games, Super Smash Bros. 64, Kirby’s Adventure, and EarthBound. Of course, I’ll always treasure his contributions to Nintendo as President, the Wii and DS systems. Now that a year has passed, my initial sadness has passed. I didn’t mourn forever; the feelings of loss at Mr. Iwata’s passing have been replaced with gratitude. Thank you, Mr. Iwata, for the hard work and determination you put into something which everyone shrugged off as a mere child’s hobby. Rest in peace knowing you changed millions of lives for the better.
Mains: Yoshi (64), Game and Watch (Melee), Wario (Brawl), Wario/Pac-Man (Smash for 3DS/Wii U)