As is customary in Japan, two days of funeral services have been held in allowing friends, family and colleagues the chance to pay their respects and remember his extraordinary accomplishments. Iwata passed away last Saturday due to a bile duct growth that had caused health issues for years.
Over 2,600 people showed up during the first day and some 1,500 came on the second, Nintendo said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.
Nintendo is yet to announce a successor to Iwata.
While it has been a time of sadness, it’s good to know that Nintendo fans are not alone in their grief. Some even carried a Nintendo 3DS handheld game machine, which was introduced by Mr. Iwata.
Rest in peace, Iwata-san.
Takeda-san and Shigeru Miyamoto are now both Representative Directors of Nintendo and therefore, in the interim, are leading the company. Special events have been organized across multiple platforms, including a Race for Iwata event within Mario Kart 8 in which players hit the road with Iwatas Mii avatar behind the wheel. Iwata was famously quoted as saying, On my business card, I am a corporate president. When not gaming, he’s probably running cross country or writing.