Nintendo has revealed that thousands of fans, friends, family, and business associates attended the recent funeral services for company president and CEO Satoru Iwata. An ocean of people turned out for the event on both days, taking turns walking past Iwatas coffin to say their final goodbyes and pay respect to a man who has helped define the video game industry for many years. Iwata leaves a huge legacy behind, and a tremendous role to fill at Nintendo.
The Wall Street Journal reports that within the eulogy delivered by representative director Genyo Takeda, he and Shigeru Miyamoto remain committed to complete the work that the late Nintendo president had started. Its also important to note that Iwatas passing is coming at a pivotal time for the gaming giant known as Nintendo.
Nintendo is yet to announce a successor to Iwata. While many were holding umbrellas due to the typhoon, others were carrying a Nintendo 3DS, which was first introduced by Iwata.
Rest in peace, Iwata-san.
Once again we thank everyone for sharing their personal memories and artistic condolences for Mr. Iwata this week.
When not gaming, he’s probably running cross country or writing.