Will he be the next president?
In the wake of the unexpected loss of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, many people have been left wondering who is going to fill his shoes. Many people are already assuming it will be the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and other beloved series. Whoever becomes president will be only the third president of the company in the modern video game era, with Hiroshi Yamauchi acting as president from 1949 till 2002 when Iwata took over.
Today Miyamoto released a statement regarding Iwata’s passing.
“I am surprised at this sudden news and overcome with sadness.”
Miyamoto also stated he would continue the game development stance that he and Iwata had established and continue to work with developers to create the kind of success Iwata would have wanted.
Nintendo has stated it has no plans yet for who will be the next president of the company, and didn’t name an interim president for the time being, though it sounds like both Miyamoto and Takeda will fill in that position for the time being.
Shigeru Miyamoto Seen as Possible Nintendo Successor [The Wall Street Journal]