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"Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 09:18post reply

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"Re(1):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 11:58post reply

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Damn.

The first paid jobs I had as a game programmer were for games on Nintendo platforms (Wii and DS). I'm just one of countless people who have had no personal association with him outside of a handshake and a photo, but it's crazy to think that the man responsible for very existence of the things for which those first jobs of mine owe their existence is gone.

I have to say that I hope his visions for Nintendo's forays into mobile/F2P and other such modern gaming platforms and styles aren't lost with his death. Calling F2P games "Free To Start" sounds like business spin, but it's an insightful line of greater line of truth and honesty that I hoped would inform Nintendo's approach to those games. As distant as Wii's success may seem now, Wii and DS were huge hits, and the legacy of those successes (and where they didn't succeed) on Nintendo itself has and will continue to be felt. I hope that the spirit of making games for everyone or for new audiences, not merely in adapting existing genres into forms more amenable to those audiences, but in inventing entirely new ways of playing/devices that can be conducive to them, isn't lost.

I dearly wished that Iwata showed up as a bonus boss for the Nintendo World Championship, challenging the contestants to Balloon Fight.





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"Re(1):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 12:02post reply

Woah, that was unexpected... I almost can't believe it. Today is a very sad day for the videogame world.

These are pretty crucial times for Nintendo's business too, with all that shift to mobile and new console (?) stuff. Let's see how the future shapes up.

In any case, may Iwata-san rest in peace.





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"Re(2):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 13:35post reply

Hi spoon, I know how you feel. Crazy to think both my professional and private lives got directly and tremendously impacted by his speech at TGS unveiling the Wii Remote nearly ten years ago in 2005.

Truly a devastating loss for the entire industry and everyone who loves video games.





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"Re(3):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 15:32post reply

Depressing.





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"Re(3):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 16:11post reply

Holy cripes, I was away from the desk til evening and now I see this startling news. Very sad to hear, though it explains his sudden change of health in the past years. May he rest in peace.





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"Re(4):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 17:35post reply

Everyone in the office who actually cares about what we do, not simply about getting a paycheck at the end of the day, is devastated. The amount of influence this man had over people he would never have met even if he had lived a hundred more years is astonishing.
I have nothing but worries about the future now.

Itoi's words are perfect as always..





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"Re(5):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 21:39post reply

What sad, sudden news.





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"Re(1):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Mon 13 Jul 23:27post reply

Wow, that was incredibly sudden. I can't even begin to imagine the impact this is going to have at Nintendo.





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"Re(2):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 00:27post reply

Iwata was the most human face imaginable for such an enormous corporation as Nintendo. He always struck me as someone who had a great sense of humor too, and who both didn't take himself as overly serious as some industry honchos do. As a programmer myself, I've got that extra little piece of respect for his accomplishments in game making as well. What a huge loss this is.





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"Re(5):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 01:18post reply

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Everyone in the office who actually cares about what we do, not simply about getting a paycheck at the end of the day, is devastated. The amount of influence this man had over people he would never have met even if he had lived a hundred more years is astonishing.
I have nothing but worries about the future now.

Itoi's words are perfect as always..



Lighting the Maou Itoi translator signal





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"Re(6):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 02:13:post reply

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Itoi's words are perfect as always..
Lighting the Maou Itoi translator signal

Sure. I'm no poet, and Iggy, Chaz, or Prof might be able to write some prettier English, but just so you have it:


Whenever we part,
I think we should say "let's meet again."
Since we're friends, we meet again.
That's only natural.
Yep. Let's meet again.

Said you were heading on quite a long journey.
It was planned to be so much later on than this.
You said, without putting it in words,
"So sorry, something came up suddenly,"
Putting on your best clothes.

You were always trying to help others,
Putting them before yourself.
You were that kind of friend,
So this journey might be the first time you put yourself first.

Actually, I still don't believe anything yet.
It feels like an e-mail will just pop in,
And we'll make a plan to go eat.
Just like always,
You can invite me anytime, saying,
"If you think you'll have time..."
Or if you like, I can do the inviting.

So anyway, "let's meet again."
Give me a call anytime, any place;
I'll be calling too, you know.
There's some things I'd like to chat about,
And I'll want to let you know when I think of something good.

Let's meet again.
No, actually, we're meeting here, even now.




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"Re(7):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 02:54post reply

You are selling yourself short, it's a much nicer translation than the one I saw floating around earlier (or one I would have produced). GI.biz has a very nice and comprehensive obituary. This anecdote is also striking. (Se non è vero, è ben trovato.)





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"Re(7):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 03:08:post reply

Wow, that was fast! Thanks, Maou! ... wow that was a heartrending read. It reads more like a series of statements than a bunch of regular sentences, but that seems perfectly appropriate for a copywriter, and for a man choked with emotion.

Evidently Yoot Saito wrote a eulogy as well. I imagine in the days to come, every luminary in the industry is going to write one.

Meanwhile, memento mori Miyamoto.

Gunpei Yokoi passed away in his 50s too, didn't he?





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"Re(1):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 03:18post reply

Thank you Iwata for all your work at Nintendo





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"Re(2):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 08:11post reply

My thanks to Maou for a thoughtful, quality translation of such a touching memorial.





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"Re(8):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 12:13post reply

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Gunpei Yokoi passed away in his 50s too, didn't he?



Yes, he was 56 (1941–1997). Iwata also left us on his 56th year, but before his birthday.
I guess some of you will now be wondering, so to be morbidly complete, Nobunaga Yamauchi passed away at 85 (1927–2013).





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"Re(9): Splatoon D:" , posted Tue 14 Jul 14:47post reply

If any of you have Splatoon, the Miiverse of it has been inundated with Iwata tributes... which has resulted in the graffiti all through the game to be Iwata tributes.

This... is an amazing sight.





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"Re(9):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Tue 14 Jul 23:47post reply

The real Rainbow Road, courtesy of Iwata





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"Re(10):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Wed 15 Jul 00:08post reply

A huge loss to the videogame industry. Mr. Iwata will surely be missed by us.





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"Re(2):Re(10):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Wed 15 Jul 09:14post reply

Great, now I'm going to be looking through all the Nintendo Directs for foreshadowing as to the order in which they will pass away.


Somebody went and translated Yoot Saito's eulogy, in case you needed a fresh round of pathos.






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"Re(7):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Wed 15 Jul 10:51post reply

quote:
Itoi's words are perfect as always..
Lighting the Maou Itoi translator signal
Sure. I'm no poet, and Iggy, Chaz, or Prof might be able to write some prettier English, but just so you have it:


Whenever we part,
I think we should say "let's meet again."
Since we're friends, we meet again.
That's only natural.
Yep. Let's meet again.

Said you were heading on quite a long journey.
It was planned to be so much later on than this.
You said, without putting it in words,
"So sorry, something came up suddenly,"
Putting on your best clothes.

You were always trying to help others,
Putting them before yourself.
You were that kind of friend,
So this journey might be the first time you put yourself first.

Actually, I still don't believe anything yet.
It feels like an e-mail will just pop in,
And we'll make a plan to go eat.
Just like always,
You can invite me anytime, saying,
"If you think you'll have time..."
Or if you like, I can do the inviting.

So anyway, "let's meet again."
Give me a call anytime, any place;
I'll be calling too, you know.
There's some things I'd like to chat about,
And I'll want to let you know when I think of something good.

Let's meet again.
No, actually, we're meeting here, even now.




Thank you for coming to my Hobonichi (webpage) today.
I feel like I found something that powerlessness can do.



Thanks for the excellent translation Maou. This is sad sad sad news.

Iwata was everything a leader should be and more. Like unreasonably great. This is a great loss to the world.

Nintendo is a special company. A while ago I met a family friend who had just taken up a job at Nintendo of America on the corporate side of things. He had previously worked for a very internationally renowned American entertainment corporation. He was a very very smart guy with an excellent resume.

He confided in me that he HATED working at Nintendo.

It was such a terrible, weird place. He couldn't understand how they could give so much power to the game designers. Exasperated, he said they were treated like "rock stars" and given the run of the place. He didn't know why they were making such "weird" games like Splatoon that didn't have any proven market. He couldn't understand how they were allowed to continue refining games right up to the last minute before shipping. It killed him that they relied so little on market research and focus groups. He firmly believed that marketing should be driving what games they made. It was a very alien place to him, completely unlike any other enterprise level business he had worked for previously. The idea that the creative people were in charge flipped his entire world upside down.

Thank you Iwata, for helping to create this nightmare world for my friend haha.






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"Re(8):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Thu 16 Jul 03:12post reply

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It was such a terrible, weird place. He couldn't understand how they could give so much power to the game designers. Exasperated, he said they were treated like "rock stars" and given the run of the place. He didn't know why they were making such "weird" games like Splatoon that didn't have any proven market. He couldn't understand how they were allowed to continue refining games right up to the last minute before shipping. It killed him that they relied so little on market research and focus groups. He firmly believed that marketing should be driving what games they made. It was a very alien place to him, completely unlike any other enterprise level business he had worked for previously. The idea that the creative people were in charge flipped his entire world upside down.


I hope Nintendo will continue to work like this forever.





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"Re(8):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Thu 16 Jul 06:09post reply

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He confided in me that he HATED working at Nintendo.
I'm glad to hear this. Kudos to Nintendo for being the way it is.





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"Re(7):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Thu 16 Jul 09:50post reply

Nice Translation Maou, thanks!

Here's some stuff from Iwata's earlier days via matome sites.


https://twitter.com/Area51_zek/status/620554797825966080
https://twitter.com/scroll_vg/status/559516850426351616
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJ2z2HOUMAAgAYg.jpg:orig
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJ2z6L-UAAAs832.jpg:orig
https://twitter.com/YootSaito/status/620457404220616704

It's hard to imagine that back then, Iwata was the producer of Metal Slader Glory!

Some of the articles in the links above have some juicy tidbits, particularly in the pages where there's no photos (this and this). Apparently, Iwata had some influence over the development of Super Mario Bros. Back when he was a programmer, he made the console version of Balloon Fight which was better than the arcade original and its developers were astounded, asking him details on how he programmed the mechanics. That knowledge was then used in the development of Super Mario Bros.

I did not know Gunpei Yokoi was involved in the creation of Balloon Fight. Another great Nintendo creator who passed away too early.





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"Re(8):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Thu 16 Jul 10:11post reply

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Some of the articles in the links above have some juicy tidbits, particularly in the pages where there's no photos (this and this). Apparently, Iwata had some influence over the development of Super Mario Bros. Back when he was a programmer, he made the console version of Balloon Fight which was better than the arcade original and its developers were astounded, asking him details

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One of the super silly tidbits that seems trivial now but was a big deal back then was that Iwata's Balloon Fight moved really smoothly because he used decimals to represent the positions, not integer values. This seems stupidly obvious now, but it wasn't back then.





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"Re(8):Mr. Iwata has passed away" , posted Fri 17 Jul 18:01post reply

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Nice Translation Maou, thanks!

Here's some stuff from Iwata's earlier days via matome sites.


https://twitter.com/Area51_zek/status/620554797825966080
https://twitter.com/scroll_vg/status/559516850426351616
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJ2z2HOUMAAgAYg.jpg:orig
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJ2z6L-UAAAs832.jpg:orig
https://twitter.com/YootSaito/status/620457404220616704

It's hard to imagine that back then, Iwata was the producer of Metal Slader Glory!

Some of the articles in the links above have some juicy tidbits, particularly in the pages where there's no photos (this and this). Apparently, Iwata had some influence over the development of Super Mario Bros. Back when he was a programmer, he made the console version of Balloon Fight which was better than the arcade original and its developers were astounded, asking him details

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Thanks for sharing all these stories. Man I'd never heard of Metal Slader Glory before. It is REALLY REALLY REALLY RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING. Some of the best sprite art and sprite animation I've ever seen. There are so many nice ambient details, and the fact that they're expressed via 8 bit 16 color sprites just tickles my brain in a way it's never been touched before. So good!






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