You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Nintendo Boss Iwata Satoru Dies at 55

Iwata Satoru, the hugely popular president of Japanese games giant Nintendo, has died of cancer, age 55.

The company issued a notice reporting that Iwata died on Saturday as a result of a bile duct growth.

He joined Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer. In 2000 he became a board director and became president in 2002.

In his time at the top he oversaw some of the company’s best products: the Wii and the DS, as well as less successful introductions, the GameCube and the Wii U.

Twice in recent years, Iwata took pay cuts as the company reported losses, and recently he attempted to steer the company away from its dependence on consoles. That policy seemed to be bearing fruit, and the company expects a major jump in profitability thanks to new smartphone gaming.

More Digital

  • Drop Your Assumptions About Asian Streaming

    'Lose All Your Assumptions About Asian Streaming,' Says Iflix CEO Mark Britt

    Iwata Satoru, the hugely popular president of Japanese games giant Nintendo, has died of cancer, age 55. The company issued a notice reporting that Iwata died on Saturday as a result of a bile duct growth. He joined Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer. In 2000 he became a board director and became president […]

  • Apple Park Visitor Center sign

    Apple Projected to Spend $4.2 Billion on Original Content by 2022

    Iwata Satoru, the hugely popular president of Japanese games giant Nintendo, has died of cancer, age 55. The company issued a notice reporting that Iwata died on Saturday as a result of a bile duct growth. He joined Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer. In 2000 he became a board director and became president […]

  • HBO Snapchat Black Friday

    HBO's Black Friday Buy: A Snapchat Story Telling You to Stream Instead of Shop

    Iwata Satoru, the hugely popular president of Japanese games giant Nintendo, has died of cancer, age 55. The company issued a notice reporting that Iwata died on Saturday as a result of a bile duct growth. He joined Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer. In 2000 he became a board director and became president […]

  • 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' Controversy Signals

    'Star Wars' Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy

    Iwata Satoru, the hugely popular president of Japanese games giant Nintendo, has died of cancer, age 55. The company issued a notice reporting that Iwata died on Saturday as a result of a bile duct growth. He joined Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer. In 2000 he became a board director and became president […]

  • trt world

    How Turkey’s TRT World Wants to Win Over U.S. Online Video Viewers (EXCLUSIVE)

    Iwata Satoru, the hugely popular president of Japanese games giant Nintendo, has died of cancer, age 55. The company issued a notice reporting that Iwata died on Saturday as a result of a bile duct growth. He joined Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer. In 2000 he became a board director and became president […]

  • Peter Thiel

    Billionaire Peter Thiel Sells Majority of Facebook Stake, Pocketing $29 Million

    Iwata Satoru, the hugely popular president of Japanese games giant Nintendo, has died of cancer, age 55. The company issued a notice reporting that Iwata died on Saturday as a result of a bile duct growth. He joined Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer. In 2000 he became a board director and became president […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content