As someone who got into videogames through Nintendo games and has shared this with most of my friends and family, it pained me to read of the passing of Satoru Iwata. I’m a huge fan of Kirby, the Mother series, Pokemon, and Smash Bros. Without Iwata, none of these games would have been possible in the state they were released as. The man was invaluable as a programmer who got things done where entire development teams could not, and an amazing leader who kept the company together during hard times by communicating with unreasonable investors who don’t understand videogames, journalists who push article after article about how Nintendo should, and will go down, and cutting his own pay in half instead of sacrificing his employees.
Simply put, Satoru Iwata was irreplaceable.
Rest in peace.