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Fan creates heartwarming comic for Mr. Iwata on what would have been his 58th birthday

Dear Mr. Iwata
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I often think about how great it would be for Iwata to see the success Nintendo is enjoying right now. More importantly, I think about how fantastic it would be if Mr. Iwata were still with us in general. Happy 58th birthday, Mr. Iwata.

Thanks to B31Knight for the heads up.

Categories: Media
Tags: iwata

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bpm
Wed Dec 06 17 08:53pm
Rating: 15

When the vast majority of companies are losing money, they start firing people. Usually the ones at the "bottom of the totem pole".

Iwata chose to have his, and other executives', salaries cut in half to compensate as he felt people wouldn't work their best if they're worried about losing their jobs.

I rarely raise my temper here... But kindly piss off.

lucius6
Wed Dec 06 17 07:23pm
Rating: 1

This actually brought some tears in my eyes. Kudos to the creator.

I almost cried then! Ah man that was wonderful.

freezair
Wed Dec 06 17 07:28pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Well, l definitely didn't cry. I just started chopping some onions for dinner. In a dust storm. While my hay fever was acting up.

...sniff...

Wed Dec 06 17 07:55pm
(Updated 1 time)

Unutterably sweet that someone put their thoughts into this lovely form. I still remember how shocked and stricken I was at news of the man's passing. If I had to sum my impression of Iwata up in one word, it would be "honorable." Like halving his salary so nobody would need to be laid off. And he was, of course, a genius programmer: long before he was the corporate mastermind behind the Wii/DS era. He just seemed to earn the respect of everybody who worked with him, and he went out of his way, with features like "Iwata Asks," to have a dialogue with his company's customers that made you feel like more than just a customer. He was a good man, and that he is still inspiring people who didn't know him to make loving tributes like this is a testament to just how warm and positive an effect he had on people.

He halved his salary because he almost ran the company to the ground not because he was a good guy. If he were a good guy he would have stepped down a long time ago.

bpm
Wed Dec 06 17 08:53pm
Rating: 15

When the vast majority of companies are losing money, they start firing people. Usually the ones at the "bottom of the totem pole".

Iwata chose to have his, and other executives', salaries cut in half to compensate as he felt people wouldn't work their best if they're worried about losing their jobs.

I rarely raise my temper here... But kindly piss off.

socar
Thu Dec 07 17 12:01am
Rating: 1

That's a very disrespectful way of thinking things. First off, he was too young to even step down. Secondly, like every one of us, we have to accept that he made mistakes and he made that up by saving jobs from others. He didn't had to do it and he could have done layoffs but he chose not to.

Satoru Iwata was an important person in Nintendo because a lot of things could not have happened without him. Just because he made the Wii U bomb or just played it safe for the 3DS doesn't make him a hindrance all of a sudden because his other roles still impact both the industry and Nintendo.

aurora unit
Thu Dec 07 17 02:34am
Rating: 3

Besides, since no one is ever safe from making mistakes, the important character trait - apart from accepting responsibility like cutting your wage - is the ability to learn from your mistakes. And no one can honestly claim Nintendo didn't learn from the WiiU era (including the very concept of the Switch itself, since I don't think it's a coincidence that it is the evolution of the one feature that everyone liked about the WiiU - Off-TV play)..

I'm not blubbering like an idiot, YOU'RE BLUBBERING LIKE AN IDIOT!

Really great comic. Iwata would be really happy to see how successful the Switch, and all the projects he was overseeing before his passing, have been. His legacy grows even now, and it will live forever.

Not sure why Cole Phelps was in that comic.

Well, because his game has been mentioned in the comic as one of the big third party games that has recently released. Same reason why Dovahkiin is in there

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