In sad news, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11th due to a bile duct tumor. He was 55. *lowers Super Mario end of level flag to half-mast, asks Link if he just wants to take the day off and go skip stones on Lake Hylia*
A talented programmer, Iwata first joined Nintendo's HAL Laboratory in the 1980s, where he worked on games like Balloon Fight and EarthBound. He became a Director of the company in 2000, and in 2002 was appointed as only the fourth President of Nintendo when he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi.
In his time as President, Iwata oversaw some of the strongest (Wii, DS) and weakest (GameCube, Wii U) periods in Nintendo's history as a video game company.
As Iwata said in his Game Developer's Conference keynote speech in 2005: "On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer." Rest in peace.