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Monday, 13 July 2015

Rest in Peace, Satoru Iwata.

Rest in Peace, Satoru Iwata.

Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, passed away earlier this week due to a bile duct growth, at the age of fifty-five. Describing himself in tweets as 'a gamer at heart', the man had often been a very hands-on producer for the games he worked on, either programming some or all of them himself or pioneering tools that would later become industry standard in video games.

Among his achievements are creating a new form of compression for Pokemon Gold and Silver, which allowed the developers to include the Kanto region, nearly doubling the length of the game; coding the entire battle system of Pokemon Stadium in less than a single week; executive producing Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, oft regarded as one of the best horror games created; and working as part of a three-man team creating Super Billiards. He has produced games in franchises like Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Mario, Animal Crossing, and Legend of Zelda. 

He is survived by his wife Kayoko. 

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