Monday, July 13, 2015

Satoru Iwata: Nintendo boss died – Digital World – Technology … – Wirtschaftswoche

Satoru Iwata is dead. He died at the age of only 55 years to cancer. Shortly before, he had begun a major renovation at Nintendo, his death leaves a gap in difficult times for the company.

The head of the Japanese game specialist Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has died of cancer at the age of 55 years. He had undergone surgery on the tumor in the bile duct around a year ago. As a follow-up solution initially the top manager Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda Nintendo will continue as the company announced on Monday.

Iwata was 2002, the first president who did not belong to Nintendo founding family Yamauchi. His biggest union was launched in 2006 game console Wii. They lured with their motion-sensitive controller to many casual players and sold much better than the technically superior Playstation from Sony and Xbox 360 from Microsoft. Unit sales of the successor model Wii U so far remained however far below expectations – which brought a loss Nintendo

Before the biggest challenge Nintendo introduced, however, the era begun by iPhone modern touchscreen smartphones.. The Group had launched the Game Boy in the 80s the first successful mobile game console, and Iwata could build on the success first with the collapsible Model DS with dual screens.

However, people now spend more and more time with free or very cheap games on their smartphones. Sales of the current Nintendo 3DS with a 3D display are under pressure.

Iwata, the long insisted that Nintendo characters like “Super Mario” should appear only on specific devices, announced in the spring after all the resistance and announced that games will be developed for smartphones together with the Japanese group DeNA.

Iwatas plan for the future foresaw Nintendo with a to bring even top secret device into healthcare business. So far, only known to the project called “Quality of Life” no fitness tracker is how to offer him many companies.

Nintendo was in last fiscal year returned to profitability. At the reporting date March 31, the bottom line is a profit of 41.8 billion yen (310 million euros) was incurred. Last year, a loss of 23.2 billion yen had been standing in the books.


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