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Man... I'm criyng so hard now :(


Twitter user kumozawa1203 has shared an amazing letter he received in 2013 from the late Satoru Iwata.

Iwata was replying to the fan regarding a school project, as kumozawa1203 had selected Nintendo for his assignment. Despite being president at the time and having many responsibilities, Iwata took the time to craft a special letter that gives a little bit of advice as well as encouragement.

Here’s Iwata’s letter in full:

Hello. This is Iwata from Nintendo. Thank you for the letter. I’m very happy that you chose Nintendo for your “Hello Work at 12” project.

In middle school, I developed an interest in computers, and before long I’d decided to study computers seriously in college. While I was a college student, I realized how fun it was to make video games, and chose that for my job.

Making video games is a job that requires a lot of energy, but for me it was even more fun than playing them. That and the fact that other people could also enjoy what I’d made gave me a sense of purpose.

Game development requires the drawing together of many different fields. You need people to think up game designs, people to draw pictures, people to make music and sound effects, people to program, people to test the game people to make sure that the whole team is working together well, and so on.

That’s why I don’t think there’s a right answer to the question of what you should study. I do think that you’ll be able to find what you’re good at by thinking deeply about all the things you’re interested in, not settling for spending your days without increasing your knowledge, making lots of discoveries, and repeating that process. While what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing might not necessarily be the same, I’ve had the experience of others recognizing things I’m good at, even if I didn’t actually like it at first. That’s one reason why you should continue studying and gaining experience without bias.

Please do your best.

Iwata’s poor health was made known just a year later in June 2014. He passed away on July 11, 2015 following complications from a bile duct growth.

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He seemed like a great guy, and a RARE jewel among CEOs, who often come off as terrible individuals. I never knew much about him when he was alive, but since his passing, I've learned more about him here and there.

- "If you have the heart of a true winner, you can always get more pissed off than some other asshole."

The guy was a massive inspiration, I miss his presence at Nintendo dearly.

That saying "Good guys finish last".... isnt always true.
Iwata seemed like a pretty nice guy, most CEOs arnt exactly these types.

Plus that quote of his " my heart, Im a gamer" is just wonderfull.
Gone to soon, he should have had another 20-30 years.

Thanks for sharing this, it is indeed inspiring. Iwata was great for Nintendo and us fans, but it seems he also was a great person.

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tfw we'll never have another Iwata...

*heavy sigh* Why did we have to go through this .... wish he was still here to enjoy this new era instead.

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It still stings that he isn't here to see what a success Nintendo has become once again. RIP, he's been and still is a huge inspiration for me and many others.