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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 (opens in new tab). "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."

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.