Satoru Iwata

I tried to write something eloquent here, and found that I just don't have the words.

So here are some pictures of us as children, with the man who embodied everything that could possibly be right about how to make video games, how to value a team of artists and visionaries, and how to inspire impressionable boys and girls to make stupid websites like this one.

He will never be replaced.

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