Wii guru’s game over

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SA­TORU Iwata, who led Ja­panese video game com­pany Nintendo Co through years of growth with its Poke­mon and Su­per Mario fran­chises, died on Satur­day of a bile duct tu­mour, the com­pany said yesterday. He was 55. Mr Iwata, pres­i­dent from 2002, died in a Ky­oto Univer­sity hos­pi­tal. He had not been seen re­cently at game events where he was usu­ally a par­tic­i­pant. Mr Iwata led Nintendo’s de­vel­op­ment into a global com­pany, with its hit Wii home con­sole, and also through its re­cent woes caused by smart­phones.

Sa­toru Iwata.

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