Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, has died of cancer at the age of 55. Iwata underwent surgery last year and had resumed his duties after a brief period of recovery. He is a highly admired figure in the Japanese gaming scene and considered the leading figure behind Nintendo’s successful turnaround after he joined the company in the year 2000. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

“Under his leadership, the company launched its hugely successful Wii and Nintendo DS consoles and he is considered the crucial driver behind the focus on easy-to-use consoles, a move that allowed the company to tap into a much wider audience beyond the traditional gaming community,” BBC.