Following the tragic loss of President and CEO Satoru Iwata, various executives and others in the Nintendo family have publicly mourned the death of their company's leader. A Twitter post from Nintendo of America announced that the gaming giant's social media channels will be inactive for the day in solemnity during this time of remembrance. Meanwhile, those who work for the company have addressed the situation through their personal social media accounts and various other outlets.
Nintendo's legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto led the charge with a brief statement:
"I am surprised at this sudden news and overcome with sadness. The entire development team at Nintendo will remain committed to our development policy which Mr. Iwata and we have been constructing together and to yield the development results which Mr. Iwata would appreciate." — Shigeru Miyamoto (IGN)
Overseas, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé also shared his thoughts on Iwata's passing:
"Mr. Iwata is gone, but it will be years before his impact on both Nintendo and the full video game industry will be fully appreciated. He was a strong leader for our company, and his attributes were clear to most everyone: Intelligence, creativity, curiosity and sense of humor. But for those of us fortunate enough to work closely with him, what will be remembered most were his mentorship and, especially, his friendship. He was a wonderful man. He always challenged us to push forward…to try the new…to upset paradigms—and most of all, to engage, excite and endear our fans. That work will continue uninterrupted." — Reggie Fils-Aimé (Benzinga)
President Satoru Shibata of Nintendo of Europe issued a statement as well:
"It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel at this time. Mr. Iwata was a strong leader, a unique figure in the gaming industry and an important part of Nintendo's history. He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly. Just as Mr. Iwata challenged us to always push forward, we will ensure his legacy lives on through our ongoing work to always surprise and delight our fans. At this time our thoughts are with his family." — Satoru Shibata
Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang, hosts of Nintendo's popular "Nintendo Minute" series on YouTube, chimed in on Twitter. Kit says, "I'll never forget how approachable Mr. Iwata was, or how quick he was to smile. Deep in your heart, his leadership always felt right." Krysta says, "Mr. Iwata was an inspirational man. I'm honored and grateful that I had the opportunity to work with him. I will miss him dearly. RIP" Bill Trinen, meanwhile, simply posted a link to Pearl Jam's song, "Off He Goes".
Developers who worked alongside Iwata continued to show their support. Junichi Masuda, composer-turned-producer of the Pokémon series, says "He understood Pokemon well, and was an amazing leader. When I saw him the other day he looked healthy...from the bottom of my heart, may you rest in peace." (via Twitter)
Masahiro Sakurai, who worked closely with Iwata when they were developing the original Super Smash Bros. side-by-side, said the following:
"Nintendo President Iwata has passed away. He was my boss at my last company, and even changing positions and locations, he was the person who most understood me. As a hard worker and a virtuous person, he always quickly derived balanced summaries and proposals. I thought that he was the best possible leader. I pray for his happiness in the next world. ... It's not a normal day and it's not a normal mental state, but I came to work and threw myself into development as normal. It's also for Iwata-san. I'm doing what I have to do." — Masahiro Sakurai (translated by Cheesemeister)
Still yet, a very heartfelt eulogy was posted by Shigesato Itoi, creator of the Mother (or EarthBound) series. Iwata was one of the programmers involved in the development of Mother 2 (known worldwide as EarthBound), and has expressed that it's one of the closest works to his heart. Here's what Itoi had to say:
"No matter the farewell, I think the most appropriate thing to say is, 'We'll meet again.' We are friends so we'll see each other again. There is nothing strange about saying it. Yeah, we'll meet again. Even if you didn't have the chance to put into words how sudden it was going to be, how far you'd be traveling, or how you went much earlier than expected, I know you went wearing your best. You always put yourself second to others no matter what, helping anyone who needed it whenever they needed it. You were that kind of friend. Although you may have been a little selfish for the first time ever by taking this journey.
"The truth is, though, that I still don't believe any of it. I feel like I am going to receive a message from you inviting me out to eat at any moment. I wouldn't mind if you were to ask me like always if I had some free time. If you did, I'd ask you as well. Still, "we'll meet again." It would be great to hear from you whenever and wherever; I'll being calling to you too. I'll call if I have something to discuss or I want to tell you a great new idea I've had. We'll meet again. Then again, you're here with me now." — Shigesato Itoi (1101, via KameDaniRyuu)
Below you can find Nintendo's single message to social media today.
Sources: Cited Accordingly Above