Nintendo leader dies at age 55

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Sa­toru Iwata, who led Ja­panese video game com­pany Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Poke­mon and Su­per Mario fran­chises, has died af­ter a lengthy ill­ness, draw­ing a flood of emo­tional tributes from game fans and in­dus­try ri­vals, the com­pany said Mon­day. He was 55.

It said Iwata died Satur­day of a bile duct tu­mour. There was a tor­rent of sor­row online for Iwata as a per­son ded­i­cated to en­ter­tain­ing oth­ers. On Twit­ter, fans thanked him for child­hood mem­o­ries and for bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether. On some In­ter­net sites, an im­age of the flag in the Su­per Mario game was fly­ing at half-staff. Nintendo Amer­ica an­nounced it was sus­pend­ing so­cial media ac­tiv­ity for the day.


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