Nintendo of America, many Nintendo Europe accounts, and Nintendo Australia & New Zealand have announced that they will not post on social media today to honor his memory. The Nintendo flag is flying at half-mast at several Nintendo buildings, including the Japanese headquarters and Nintendo Australia & New Zealand.
In 2000, Iwata was appointed head of Nintendo's corporate planning division. In 2002, he was appointed president succeeding Hiroshi Yamauchi, becoming the first Nintendo president without personal ties to the Yamauchi family. In 2013, he was appointed CEO of Nintendo of America.
Iwata had been featured in many Nintendo Direct presentations and, most recently, this year's E3 Digital Event. He was unable to attend E3 in person for the past two years due to his health.
“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.”