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Farewell, Mr. Iwata by Xero-J Farewell, Mr. Iwata by Xero-J
Been a while since I had to break out Illustrator, but these are extenuating circumstances.

Anyway, as I'm sure most of you are aware by now, Satoru Iwata, then-CEO of Nintendo, passed away over the weekend. That same day I'd heard, I made it a point to bring my thoughts and condolences to tumblr as a sketch, which will remain exclusive there.

However, I couldn't let something like this slide on DA, either, since many of us (myself included) owe quite a bit to him for being an invaluable part of the video game community from the day I'd first gotten into gaming. (Indeed, my most significant case would be Pokemon Gold and Silver, where he was behind the maneuver of cramming a good chunk of Kanto into the postgame!)

While I can't say I truly knew the man all that well, through such demonstrations as the Directs and the Iwata Asks interviews, you could definitely tell that this was a man who was not afraid to be open about just how much effort he and the company put into their games, nor was he a man that wanted to deny a great experience to gamers just for the sake of turning a profit (though I will admit, that came back to bite them occasionally, and some sacrifices had to be made).

Iwata had been in charge of Nintendo ever since I could competently hold a controller, and, aside from the core crew at Nintendo, such as Miyamoto or Sakurai, who have their own missions to attend to, I really can't think of anyone else who could lead Nintendo as far as he did. For obvious reasons, we'll know the answer to that in due time, but for now...

Thank You, Iwata. I, as well as many a Nintendo fan and even general video game fan across the world, salute you and your efforts.

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Hypersonic175 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
It's sad to see someone who change many people childhoods to go away from cancer so long story iwata
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AngelyAkairo-san Featured By Owner May 8, 2016   Digital Artist
Sayanora Iwata-san... :( 
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optimusprime445 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
He was a truly great man...:(
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Moneybam Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
There'll never be another great man as he was 
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WageGannon6 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I do happen to like the style this is in.
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Xero-J Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was done through Adobe Illustrator, as opposed to Photoshop, which I usually reserve for portfolio work.

As I said, though, these were extenuating circumstances.
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WageGannon6 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, nice.
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
:( :hug:
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Derp7777 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
kotaku.com/today-there-was-a-r…

This was Iwata's Rainbow Road to Dream Land...
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GrayComputer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
.....................
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HerneztoVanyard Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
the world now is a darkest place without that light.
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Projekt-Z Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student General Artist
I cried so hard when i heard the news. Every win i get on smash will be dedicated to this man.

Up taunts for Iwata-san.
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DaehanBountyHunter Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Honestly this shock me to the core it was really depressing rip Iwata
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ultmategamer802 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Artist
Thank for the inspiration.
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SHADOWLOUIX Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Artist
Mr. Iwata will be missed
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