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Posted on Jul 13, 2015

These Fan Tributes To Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Will Make You Cry

After news broke of Iwata's death, video game fans and companies took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late Nintendo president.

On Saturday, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata died following an illness. He was 55.

Toru Hanai / Reuters

Iwata had been Nintendo's fourth president in the company's history. He was also a successful programmer behind several games, including the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series. In 2011, after the poor performance of the Nintendo 3DS, Iwata opted for a 50% salary cut instead of cutting jobs at the company.

In honor of Iwata's death, all of Nintendo's social media accounts were put on hold, only showing a photo of Iwata:

In remembrance of Mr. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will not be posting on our social media channels today.

Prominent leaders in the gaming industry took to Twitter to pay tribute:

Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata.

RIP, Mr. Iwata. Thanks for all the incredible fun and inspiration.

Sad day for Iwata-san’s family, friends, and gamers everywhere. His passion, creativity & leadership elevated our industry.

Please, I don't understand. #ThankYouIwata

Gamers from around the world paid tributes to Iwata with moving fan art, using characters from games that Iwata helped to program:

It's dangerous to go alone Mr. Iwata! Take this...

Thank you Satoru Iwata, for your talents in development and your genius in leadership. You will be missed. #RIPIwata

How we're feeling today. #ThankYouIwata #PleaseUnderstand

Thank you for my childhood #ThankYouIwata

Today is a really sad day for all the gamers... R.I.P. Mr. Iwata

Thank you for everything, Mr. Iwata

Once more before bed: RIP to CEO who tried to make gaming inclusive for all. Wish more had listened. #ThankYouIwata

#ThankYouIwata for all your hard work!

Artist: marios_friend9 #ThankYouIwata #NeverForget

Goodnight everyone. 😪✌🏼️ Again...#ThankYouIwata

#ThankYouIwata @NintendoAmerica thank you for everything

This is too much.. #ThankYouIwata

#ThankYouIwata for all the hours of joy.

In honor of a great man and visionary. #ThankYouIwata #Iwata

Merci pour tout Mr.Iwata. Thank you for all Mr.Iwata, we will never forget yout...

On Monday, Twitter users @kaorin1211 and @bakatetu2 spotted a rainbow over Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto:

うちの旦那さまから 『任天堂の社長が亡くなったからかどうか知らんけど駅から任天堂本社見たら虹がかかってた〜!』って! あわわW(`0`)W お悔やみ申し上げます!

任天堂社長が亡くなられたとのことで 見送るかのように任天堂のそばに虹が出ました たった数分の出来事でしたが… 心より御冥福をお祈りします。 近鉄十条駅 1番乗り場中程より撮影

According to this Twitter user, the rainbow signifies Iwata racing on Rainbow Road:

@kaorin1211 @Linkfan7 Right now he´s racing the Rainbow Road with Mario & all the Rest! I bet he has a blue Turtle! \o/

Farewell, Iwata.

I wish more people in the industry had this mentality. #ThankYouIwata

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