Miyamoto "saddened" by Iwata's passing, "committed" to their plans

Shigeru Miyamoto has issued a statement after the sad passing of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata. "I am truly surprised and saddened by this unexpected news," he says. "The entire development team at Nintendo will remain committed to our development policy which Mr. Iwata and we have been constructing together and to yield the development results which Mr. Iwata would appreciate."

Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda are currently Nintendo's representative directors. There is no news yet as to who will replace Iwata despite strong speculation suggesting that Miyamoto will take on the role.

Nintendo of Europe president, Satoru Shibata has also released a statement with his condolences. "Nintendo of Europe is today mourning the passing of Mr Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Global President. It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel at this time. Mr. Iwata was a strong leader, a unique figure in the gaming industry and an important part of Nintendo's history. He was a visionary in every sense of the word and we will miss him dearly. Just as Mr. Iwata challenged us to always push forward, we will ensure his legacy lives on through our ongoing work to always surprise and delight our fans. At this time our thoughts are with his family."