Satoru Iwata was not a figurehead leader. He was man who worked on some of the most defining games in history, whose feats are legendary in the gaming world and who eventually became the president of the most famous and beloved game company of all time.
Mr. Iwata (as he was affectionately referred to in many a Nintendo Direct video presentation) lived and breathed games. Most of my exposure to him was through the Nintendo Direct- A series of video presentations highlighting upcoming Nintendo products, and Iwata Asks - a series of interviews by Iwata featuring the developers of upcoming games. It was easy to see his enthusiasm, both for games and for his company, during his presentations. That infectious attitude had me - along with thousands of other Nintendo fans, eagerly awaiting his next appearance. To most of us, Satoru Iwata was a part of our lives. We knew him by his name, by his face, and by his work.
I know many of us are grieving the death of Satoru Iwata. To those of us who love games, he was the rare corporate executive who we felt was one of us, who we trusted. Although he has left us, Mr. Iwata's legacy will live on. His contributions to gaming will be remembered for a long time to come. Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata. We'll miss you.