Nintendo has announced that Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata passed away at age 55 on July 11 from cancer. The cause of death was a bile duct growth. It’s one of the saddest days in the video games industry. A day everyone will remember if you’ve played a Mario game or your childhood was filled Zelda or Donkey Kong. Mr Iwata underwent surgery last year and returned to Nintendo after a brief time of recovery.
Iwata, 55, was appointed president of Nintendo in 2002, overseeing the launch of the Wii console, the Nintendo DS handheld and its line of Amiibo interactive figurines. In June 2013, he was appointed CEO of Nintendo of America.
Mr. Miyamoto is famous as the creator of Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda and other Nintendo franchises.