Sad news struck the gaming world earlier this week, as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away at the age of 55 from bile duct cancer.
Beginning his career as a programmer, Iwata-san worked on many notable games including Earthbound and Kirby and contributed to series’ including Zelda, Mario and Pokemon. He was also instrumental in the development of the Wii and DS, two of Nintendo’s most successful consoles.
Always a gamer rather than a businessman at heart, Iwata’s passion for coding didn’t stop once he moved into management, he would frequently go back to programming and help out with development. An innovator, he was keen to expand the reach of games, and with the DS and Wii was a key player in expanding the gaming market and reaching out to new players.
A rainbow appearing over Nintendo headquarters was dubbed the ‘Rainbow Road to Heaven’ in honour of Iwata-san, a man who bought so much joy to players round the world.