Satoru Iwata, president of Japanese video game company Nintendo since 2002, has died of a bile duct tumour at the age of 55.
Mr Iwata led Nintendo’s development into a global company, with its hit Wii home console and DS handheld, and also through its recent woes caused by the popularity of smartphones.
His replacement was not immediately announced, but the company said star game designer Shigeru Miyamaoto will remain in the leadership team along with Genyo Takeda.
Mr Iwata had been poised to lead Nintendo through another stage after it recently did an about-face and said it will start making games for smartphones – meaning that Super Mario the plumber will start arriving on mobile phones and tablets. Read more