Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and longtime friend and colleague of Satoru Iwata, expressed his sadness over Iwata's death. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away on Saturday, 11th July 2015, due to a bile duct growth.
"I am truly surprised and saddened by this unexpected news," said Miyamoto. "The entire development team at Nintendo will remain committed to our development policy which Mr. Iwata and we have been constructing together and to yield the development results which Mr. Iwata would appreciate."
Satoru Shibata, president at Nintendo Europe, also released a statement offering his own words of condolence. "Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing of Mr Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Global President. It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel at this time. Mr. Iwata was a strong leader, a unique figure in the gaming industry and an important part of Nintendo's history.
"He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly. Just as Mr. Iwata challenged us to always push forward, we will ensure his legacy lives on through our ongoing work to always surprise and delight our fans. At this time our thoughts are with his family."
With the president's seat now empty, Shigeru Miyamoto is seen by many as a possible successor to Satoru Iwata.