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July 14, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The passing of Satoru Iwata united gamers in a way few would imagine

Sad news washed across the gaming world with the passing of Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo. Unlike most people in his position, he was liked, revered, and respected. For a few days, the gaming community joined together in speaking of his contributions and the unimaginable void in Nintendo's upper ranks.

Satoru Iwata "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."

The Internet seemed to be on it's best behavior. Suddenly the petty gripes were replaced with kind remembrances. The "I know best" faction was silent. The general tone across social networks, forums, and blogs was that of positivity for Iwata's accomplishments and how his role changed Nintendo for the better.

Clearly the Internet is everyone's soapbox for bitter resentment, but it was nice to see a positive attitude was possible, if only for a day.

A fan made a hack for the NES Balloon Fight game - one of Iwata's earliest game projects - to include his likeness as a playable character!

Iwata in Balloon Fight

Iwata mii Add Iwata's mii character to any game that accepts QR codes.

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