Nintendo fans pay tribute to Satoru Iwata
Iwata, 55, died Saturday after battling bile duct tumour
Fans of Nintendo's many successful video games paid tribute to Satoru Iwata after the Japanese company announced today that its longtime president had died.
"Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone!" - Satoru Iwata <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThankYouIwata?src=hash">#ThankYouIwata</a> <a href="http://t.co/XfeR7iYowA">pic.twitter.com/XfeR7iYowA</a>—@E3
Iwata was named president of Nintendo in 2002, leading its development of the hit Wii console and DS handheld, but before that, he was an accomplished game programmer.
The company said he died Saturday in a Kyoto University hospital after battling a bile duct tumour.
This quote of his from the Game Developers Conference in 2005 was widely shared on Twitter on Monday.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has died at 55 <a href="http://t.co/W3RaBGvYfG">http://t.co/W3RaBGvYfG</a> <a href="http://t.co/65Li10rsqH">pic.twitter.com/65Li10rsqH</a>—@TechCrunch
Iwata has been a favourite among Nintendo fans for his whimsical appearances in promotional videos at gaming conferences such as GDC and E3.
RIP Iwata you wonderful goof <a href="http://t.co/KTKYZqj0Ab">pic.twitter.com/KTKYZqj0Ab</a>—@alex_navarro
Although Iwata didn't appear in person at the most recent E3 because of his failing health, he was represented, along with other Nintendo executives, in Muppet form.
I feel Iwata would want us to celebrate his life with the same joy we had playing his games. No tears. <a href="http://t.co/ewPpOR9ssu">pic.twitter.com/ewPpOR9ssu</a>—@Bonesaw577
Among the most popular images shared about Iwata were screen shots of posts about his programming accomplishments before and after taking over as president.
Friendly reminder at how amazing Iwata was at his job. <a href="http://t.co/XP81Bpmswm">pic.twitter.com/XP81Bpmswm</a>—@BalrogGameRoom
Don't forget that Iwata helped create some of the best games ever made. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPSatoruIwata?src=hash">#RIPSatoruIwata</a> <a href="http://t.co/JqHvXHckYe">pic.twitter.com/JqHvXHckYe</a>—@ItsKoop
There will never be a CEO like Iwata again. <a href="http://t.co/8do0yB9kQo">pic.twitter.com/8do0yB9kQo</a>—@Monomirror
Many gamers were moved to create fan art to mark Iwata's death, using some of Nintendo's most recognizable characters, such a Mario, Link, Kirby and characters from Pokémon.
I thought it only fitting. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPIwata?src=hash">#RIPIwata</a> <a href="http://t.co/OhREJr1Eb1">pic.twitter.com/OhREJr1Eb1</a>—@JoshKnight1st
Satoru Iwata has passed away, age 55. Rest in peace, Iwata. Thank you for everything. <a href="http://t.co/sDVSkaYPbU">http://t.co/sDVSkaYPbU</a> <a href="http://t.co/JrpGhiIegk">pic.twitter.com/JrpGhiIegk</a>—@BadMiiversePost
Thank you Satoru Iwata, for your talents in development and your genius in leadership. You will be missed. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPIwata?src=hash">#RIPIwata</a> <a href="http://t.co/a44K8gGrlc">pic.twitter.com/a44K8gGrlc</a>—@fourzerotwo
The saddest fan art tribute I've seen yet <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPIwata?src=hash">#RIPIwata</a> <a href="http://t.co/iw7NNipkH3">pic.twitter.com/iw7NNipkH3</a>—@AlysiaJudge
This image was created by Tumblr user peachbunni.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPIwata?src=hash">#RIPIwata</a> 🍄 <a href="http://t.co/cbYQ7JVfMy">pic.twitter.com/cbYQ7JVfMy</a>—@Ella_Frank