This week the gaming world has paid its respects to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who passed away on Monday from a bile duct growth. He was aged 55.
Iwata had a long and illustrious history with Nintendo, working as a programmer at HAL Laboratory on titles including Earthbound and Balloon Fight, before succeeding Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002 to become only the fourth President of the company. During his tenure the company enjoyed great success with the DS and Wii consoles, while Iwata himself received praise for his hands-on approach to the role; regularly hosting Nintendo Direct announcements and highlighting the work of developers with ‘Iwata Asks’ interviews. In recent years he took a voluntary 50% paycut in response to Nintendo’s falling profits, and following E3 less than a month ago he publicly apologized for what was perceived by hardcore fans as a disappointing showing. While fighting illness in recent months, he also announced Nintendo’s intention to get into the mobile games sector. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 13TH -19TH JULY→
At the end of a week which has seen Sony celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Sony Playstation (a milestone which reinforces just how quickly time has passed me by), the company has been looking ahead to the future with a number of announcements made both at The Game Awards 2014 and the Playstation Experience event – perhaps the most pivotal of which is that Street Fighter V will be console exclusive to the PS4. And that’s not a timed exclusive like Rise Of The Tomb Raider; Xbox One owners will not be fitting themselves into Ryu’s oversized mitts at all.