Russian Nintendo Fans Honor Satoru Iwata at the Japanese Embassy

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After Satoru Iwata’s recent passing, a group of Russian fans decided to pay their respects by going to the Japanese Embassy in Moscow and creating a small memorial for the Nintendo president.

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According to IGN Russia, the fans converted a small information table into a makeshift memorial for Iwata, complete with flowers, candles, photos, and kind messages.

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For so many, Satoru Iwata was more than a game exec. Much more.

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DISCUSSION

His influence as a person, developer and executive has been shown massively since his passing. From all of the specialist gaming websites, individual developers, and fans, to giant mainstream news outlets.

It’s been pretty mind blowing. It just goes to show the place that games, as both a business and passion, now have on the world stage, as well as how games and their creators do impact those they work with, and those who play their creations.

Iwata was a giant in the industry, so this scale of response to an extent could have been expected, but I think it still goes to show where games are now. They are mainstream. And, no doubt, a huge part of that can be attributed to Iwata.