Nintendo president Satoru Iwata died July 11 at the age of 55, according to a statement from the company, from cancer. Iwata, who took over Nintendo in 2002, helped the company dominate the industry in the early 2000s with innovations like the Wii console. Faced with growing competition from Microsoft and Sony and casual gamers turning to tablets and smartphones, Nintendo revenues have fallen over the past six years.
A former game developer himself, Iwata is perhaps better known for the iconic titles that he worked on like Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon and Kirby. He once said, ”On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
His compatriot gamers took to social media to post their favorite moments and characters in Nintendo history to commemorate Iwata: