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Satoru Iwata Has Passed Away

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Maengun1

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This sucks, it makes me pretty sad that the online reaction to his last Direct at E3 was so negative. Didn't he even tweet an apology about it basically?

I mean that Direct was bad, and it seems like no one knew how ill he was, but still... :(
 

nihilistcanada

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I just want to say that some of the best moments with my boys aged 21, 5 and 3 have been playing Nintendo games of all stripes. Thank you Iwata-san for being part of the team that has brought my family great joy all of these years. You will be missed and the industry has no idea what it has lost in your passing.
 

RagnarokX

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Rewatching the 4/1/15 Nintendo Direct, Iwata was looking pretty good. The Nintendo Direct Mini before E3 and the E3 Digital Event didn't have Iwata, but Iwata decided to release an updated version of his Mii to reflect his weight loss from his illness. Images of Iwata from the investor conference shows his health deteriorated significantly since April. I dunno, I think prior to April and maybe even mid June he thought he was on his way to recovery or that he had a significant amount of time left and this came on pretty suddenly :(
 

SandMan2233

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I've been donating to cancer research charities every month for the past 2 years or so and for anyone who has a few extra pounds or dollars lying around each month then it's always worth looking in to.

UK- http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

Fuck cancer and together it will be beaten. Let's just make that sooner rather than later everyone. I'm not sure what the main research charities are in the USA, Europe and Asia, but if anyone could post a link then please do.

Thanks.
My coping mechanism has been to just dive into the business end of it.

I wrote a long post on tumblr about where I think Nintendo's going and at the end of the exhaustive process of writing it, I felt better.

People are going to cope in different ways. For me it was to engage in shop talk.
I ended up just playing Balloon Fight with my 10-year-old cousin. Some friends and I talked about the news and spit-balled on Nintendo's options and future. It was great to just speculate and play the "what-if" game. But there was a tinge of sadness over the whole thing.

So I figured that watching a modern kid push himself to be better at the "Balloon Trip" mode was more fitting. Somewhere, Iwata <laughs>, and what better way to celebrate that than to introduce Balloon Fight to someone and make a smile.
 
I just sprung up the courage to read the Iwata Asks for Kirby's Epic Yarn. Is it wrong that I bust out laughing the first time I saw "Iwata: (laughs)"?

I'll never forget the first time I read this. Kirby means so much to me as a series, and Epic Yarn was the first console Kirby platformer in ten years and I was worried to death it wouldn't live up to my childhood. Yet reading that entire exchange--what with Iwata's teasing over the original character's similarity to Kirby, footage of Hirokazu Ando playing Green Greens on a toy recorder, and how much I just wanted to hug Jun Ishikawa's frown away--had all but melted my fears away.

I happened to start replaying that game very recently and was dreading to revisit it following Iwata's death. It's not a game he personally worked on, but I knew the moment I heard this, I'd be a mess. And I almost was, especially when I got to the part where Kirby attaches himself as a bead to a rising dandelion, swaying back and forth without a care in the world. The face I'd come to associate with innocence channeled Iwata's warmth in that moment, and I almost couldn't bear to let go.

I know he would've wanted us to remember these games with joy, but it's no easy feat. Playing Kirby's Dream Land and Balloon Fight in the wake of all this, however, have provided much comfort, particularly the latter (it's amazing how butter-smooth the game's controls are 30 years later). Best part was when right after I lost a life, I was instantly struck by a bolt of lightning and died again as one of the bird guys just chilled on the ground; it was like Iwata himself saying "stop being sad! Just keep laughing." I was immediately reminded of how much I thoroughly demand a modern sequel. Maybe they should do that as an Iwata tribute.
 

RomanceDawn

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That Mother song, Eight Melodies...

I think about the games that Iwata had such a big hand in how they led me to the wonderful things in my life. These games led me to my profession, which led me to my long lost father and then to the woman who would become my wife. The influence is there and much appreciated.
 

SansFortress

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I highly suggest playing Earthbound in a group of some kind.

The game can get...obtuse, certainly. But the most fun I had streaming it was people sharing Earthbound memories, saying "I can't wait until he gets to that next part!", etc.

It's a community game in a lot of ways. Also there's a reason they gave you a strategy guide with it.
Dude make an OT of playing Iwata games and I'm right in. Don't know wether to go Pokemon Silver or Earthbound first, but I really want to play one his games.
 

Kriken

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Everyone needs to play Dreamland 3. I beat it last week and it's such a joy due to the ost and small things like the animations the animal buddies make. The game is just adorable and the level design is fun with objectives for each stage. Animal Friends add some variety to the powers too. Game looks amazing with it's artstyle as well, the amount of animation put into things is amazing for an snes game. Love the reaction of other animals when they don't get picked as the animal you want, they all get upset and jealous. It's sad to find out that I played both Kirby Dreamland 2 and 3 leading up to Iwatas death, not knowing til now the huge role he had in those games.
I started it up yesterday since I already beat Superstar Ultra, all I can think to myself is "I really want to play Crystal Shards again" Still a fun game though

Edit: I say that because I played Crystal Shards first and never realized how much that game borrows from Dreamland 3, really feels like Dreamland 3.5
 

MattyG

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I'm going to play Earthbound for the first time ever. I just remembered I got it last year for the Club Nintendo awards, and I can't think of a better time to play it.
 
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This is so, so sad :/ He was responsible for some of my best memories. It's nice to see the massive amount of love for him from fan communities though - he was truly a great man.
 

Nanashrew

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I can't really bring myself to play anything. I don't really have a coping mechanism for this as it's still all new to me. Grandia is still up from yesterday afternoon and I haven't touched it or shut it off. I honestly have no idea what to do.
 

Audette

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This sucks, it makes me pretty sad that the online reaction to his last Direct at E3 was so negative. Didn't he even tweet an apology about it basically?

I mean that Direct was bad, and it seems like no one knew how ill he was, but still... :(
I thought the E3 direct was interesting in scope.
A lot of stuff announced at all conferences weren't in the imidiate future. Most of Nintendo's showings on the Direct were shown off on the Treehouse and on the show floor, seemed much sooner to release than the other companies. May not be much but I thought that was a bold effort, I commend Nintendo for that.
 

klausbert

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I hope they can find somone who will continue to do the Iwata Asks, but it will be really hard to fill Iwata's shoes. Iwata had a way to bring out interesting tidbits from other developers and designers by sharing his own experience in the interviews. This made the interviews so much better than your standard interviews which most of the time aren't worth more than advertisements.
 

Kirye

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Just saw the new OP... Damn it. Haven't cried this much in a while.
 

SporeCrawler

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Rewatching the 4/1/15 Nintendo Direct, Iwata was looking pretty good. The Nintendo Direct Mini before E3 and the E3 Digital Event didn't have Iwata, but Iwata decided to release an updated version of his Mii to reflect his weight loss from his illness. Images of Iwata from the investor conference shows his health deteriorated significantly since April. I dunno, I think prior to April and maybe even mid June he thought he was on his way to recovery or that he had a significant amount of time left and this came on pretty suddenly :(
All speculation but he did send other guys to do the directs for him recently and skipped E3 too. It seems to me that the cancer got problematic again mid of this year. Thats probably why he skipped those public events.

I havent seen any pictures of him doing the shareholders conference. are there even any pictures floating around? In any case thats probably an event he couldnt skip (unless admitting that he is not fit for the job)
 

Freezie KO

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Playing Kirby's Dream Land and Balloon Fight in the wake of all this, however, have provided much comfort, particularly the latter (it's amazing how butter-smooth the game's controls are 30 years later).
While Balloon Fight is a simple concept, it's amazing how terrible it felt when the Balloon Trip came to mobile in the form of Flappy Bird. Collision problems, not feeling in control of your bird, worse physics/feel/gravity, etc. And that was how many years after Balloon Fight? Iwata definitely cared about making the experience feel perfect.
 

Ceravic

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This has come at the most optimal time to just wreck me. My girlfriend of 8 years moved out two months ago and we've been dealing with the fallout of it. She acted like she was going to come back to me last week and even came and saw me for the first time since she left, only to stay with the guy she left me for. Then this happened yesterday, and she finally moved the last of her things out and gave me my keys back today. I'm a ball of emotion and I don't know why I stay in this thread.
 

RagnarokX

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All speculation but he did send other guys to do the directs for him recently and skipped E3 too. It seems to me that the cancer got problematic again mid of this year. Thats probably why he skipped those public events.

I havent seen any pictures of him doing the shareholders conference. are there even any pictures floating around? In any case thats probably an event he couldnt skip (unless admitting that he is not fit for the job)
People were posting this image:


but I just looked into it and it's from a Kotaku article from last year. I dunno if we have any images of him taken after April 2015, but he looked better in April than he does in that image.

Look at how much joy he got out of delivering this line: https://youtu.be/IMedqo8mLaQ?t=5m45s
 

OmegaSmash

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My coping mechanism has been to just dive into the business end of it.

I wrote a long post on tumblr about where I think Nintendo's going and at the end of the exhaustive process of writing it, I felt better.

People are going to cope in different ways. For me it was to engage in shop talk.
I'm interested in reading that, actually. Care to PM the link, if you can?
 

Mr_Moogle

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I heard Iwata's funeral will be the 17th, which is my birthday, so I had requested off from work that day. I think I'll spend most of it playing Earthbound for the first time myself.
I have also requested a day off on the 17th for my birthday. Maybe I will follow suit. I've never played Earthbound but I've been meaning to give it a go.
 

GeNoMe

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Yesterday evening I fired up some of my Nintendo devices and had some fun playing as a kind of tribute to Iwata. I'm stil gutted about the whole thing. Nintendo's franchises mean a great deal to me. It was 23 years ago when I held my first NES controller, and I have never looked back since. *bow*
 

Nanashrew

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People were posting this image:


but I just looked into it and it's from a Kotaku article from last year. I dunno if we have any images of him taken after April 2015, but he looked better in April than he does in that image.

Look at how much joy he got out of delivering this line: https://youtu.be/IMedqo8mLaQ?t=5m45s
Iwata knew exactly what he was doing when he said "it's like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." He loved making jokes so much and he knew we were all going to latch on to that and get amusing images like this:




His sense of humor was impeccable and knew how the internet worked with memes and how people latched on to specific things like this.
 
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