E’ stata Nintendo stessa, tramite comunicato ufficiale, a far sapere ai suoi fan e al mondo la triste notizia. Satoru Iwata, presidente della compagnia, è deceduto in data 11 luglio 2015 in seguito alle complicazioni di un tumore.
Non è mai facile dire qualcosa su di un uomo che ha lasciato questo mondo; Satoru Iwata era sicuramente una grande persona, che nella sua vita ha raggiunto grandi obiettivi sia in campo familiare che lavorativo.
Non è certo da tutti diventare presidente della più grande azienda video-ludica di sempre, e portare la stessa a vette di successo mai viste prima. Satoru Iwata era una persona che sapeva guardare lontano senza però dimenticare il passato, una persona in grado di sviluppare una piccola idea così tanto da farla diventare un successo planetario.
Alcuni dei suoi più grandi amici, oltre che colleghi, hanno deciso di salutare con tristezza questo grande uomo.
“I am surprised at this sudden news and overcome with sadness,” Mr. Miyamoto said in a statement issued through the company on Monday. He said he would maintain the game-development stance that he and Mr. Iwata established and work with developers to create the kind of future successes that the late president would have wanted.”
“No matter the farewell, I think the most appropriate thing to say is “we”ll meet again.” We are friends so we”ll see each other again. There is nothing strange about saying it. Yeah. We’ll meet again.
Even if you didn’t have the chance to put into words how sudden it was going to be, how far you’d be traveling, or how you went much earlier than expected, I know you went wearing your best.
You always put yourself second to others no matter what, helping anyone who needed it whenever they needed it. You were that kind of friend. Although you may have been a little selfish for the first time ever by taking this journey.
The truth is though that I still don’t believe any of it. I feel like I am going to receive a message from you inviting me out to eat at any moment. I wouldn’t mind if you were to ask me like always if I had some free time. If you did, I’d ask you as well.
Still, “we’ll meet again.” It would be great to hear from you whenever and wherever; I’ll being calling to you too. I’ll call if I have something to discuss or I want to tell you a great new idea I’ve had.
We’ll meet again.
Then again, you’re here with me now.”
“Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing of Mr Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Global President. It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel at this time. Mr. Iwata was a strong leader, a unique figure in the gaming industry and an important part of Nintendo’s history. He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly. Just as Mr. Iwata challenged us to always push forward, we will ensure his legacy lives on through our ongoing work to always surprise and delight our fans. At this time our thoughts are with his family.”
“Mr. Iwata is gone, but it will be years before his impact on both Nintendo and the full video game industry will be fully appreciated. He was a strong leader for our company, and his attributes were clear to most everyone: Intelligence, creativity, curiosity and sense of humor. But for those of us fortunate enough to work closely with him, what will be remembered most were his mentorship and, especially, his friendship. He was a wonderful man. He always challenged us to push forward…to try the new…to upset paradigms—and most of all, to engage, excite and endear our fans. That work will continue uninterrupted.”
A presto Satoru.