8 Beautiful Fan-Made Tributes To Satoru Iwata, The Late Nintendo President Who Sadly Passed Away At 55

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Co., Ltd., global president, presents the Nintendo DSi system at the Nintendo media briefing on opening day of the 2009 E3 Expo on June 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 2009 E3 Expo will feature over 200 leading-edge computer, technology and video game publishers and developers, according to organizers. The industry-only trade show runs June 2-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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A titan of the video game industry passed away this week. Satoru Iwata, the President and CEO of Nintendo, died Saturday due to complications from cancer. He was only 55 years old, and his death has fueled passionate remembrances by fans and gamers all over the Internet. Here are some tributes to the late Satoru Iwata, because whether you're a lover of video games or not, his impact on modern entertainment can't be denied.

Iwata once famously said the following, and it's a pretty succinct demonstration of why his death has sparked so much sadness, and affection, from the broader video gaming community:

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.

It's wonderful that Iwata felt this affinity to his gaming roots, because it can't be overstated how many exemplary games he was a part of — the Kirby series, the mega-hit Super Smash Bros. franchise, and the Super Nintendo classic EarthBound. In the interests of full disclosure, the latter — known as Mother 2 in Japan — is one of my favorite games of all time

Iwata had a sense of his profound impact on the industry and art form he loved. And clearly Nintendo fans appreciate this.

1. A Flag At Half-Mast

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2. His Heartbroken Characters

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This one cuts pretty deep.

3. Synchronicity

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4. Iwata And Ness

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5. Balloon Fighter Iwata

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6. Still Overhead

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7. Mourning Mario

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8. Some Reflections From Kotaku's Patrick Klepek

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Iwata leaves behind a remarkable legacy. RIP.

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