Earlier this year, beloved Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away. Tonight at The Game Awards, Reggie Fils-Aime paid him tribute.

You can watch Reggie’s speech here:

Show host Geoff Keighley also reminisced about a moment he shared with Iwata a few weeks before he passed away. He said Iwata looked “thinner than I thought he would be,” but he remained joyful and encouraging. “He was such an incredible man,” Keighley said before handing things off to Fils-Aime.


“If you were to design the perfect person to lead a video game company,” began Fils-Aime, “you’d want someone who understood electrical engineering, who understood software design, and who understood business. Not many can claim this broad background, but Mr Iwata did.”

“The man was fearless,” he added. “Remember how you felt when you first heard the name ‘Wii’?”

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