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Nintendo's Satoru Iwata releases information regarding his sickness

Last posted Jun 28, 2014 at 05:40AM EDT. Added Jun 24, 2014 at 06:20PM EDT
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Satoru Iwata underwent surgery after his routine examinations revealed that he had a growth in his bile duct. From what people suggested, it might have been an early form of cancer. This of course explains why he couldn’t attend E3 this year. Fortunately, because the growth was in its early stages, it posed no immediate threat to Iwata but it had to be removed as soon as possible. The surgery was a success.

I wish him a smooth recovery in the coming weeks.

Link to Nintendo’s site

“To our shareholders

Thank you very much for your continued extraordinary support of us. I am Satoru Iwata, President of the company.

Today, there is one thing that I would like to share with you.

Recently, as the result of one of my routine physical examinations, an issue was detected. Following a more detailed examination, a growth was found in my bile duct.
In general, it is said that a bile duct growth can be difficult-to-treat, partly because of the difficulty of detecting it early. In my case, luckily, it was detected very early and I had no symptoms.
I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option. Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well, as predicted.
I have already resumed my business by email and by other means, but it is anticipated that a little more time is needed for me to return to my regular work schedule.

As a result, I have no choice but to miss the company’s very important activity, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held this month. As the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting. However, I understand that I have to prioritize my medical treatment and to recover as soon as possible so that I will again be able to do my best to help the company to grow. I hope that you understand.

Best Regards,
Satoru Iwata”
Last edited Jun 24, 2014 at 06:21PM EDT

I feel really bad for Iwata, he seems awesome but a lot of gamers are just revelling in his failures. Plus, it’s no secret now that he’s not really popular with the shareholders, and the meeting about re electing the president is coming up soon so who knows

Espurr wrote:

What did Iwata have that they removed from Surgery?

There was a tumor in his bile duct. It was one that’s not so easily detected in its early stages. So, had Iwata’s doctor not discover this, it could have evolved into something worse, such as a cancer.

Twenty-One wrote:

I feel really bad for Iwata, he seems awesome but a lot of gamers are just revelling in his failures. Plus, it’s no secret now that he’s not really popular with the shareholders, and the meeting about re electing the president is coming up soon so who knows

Yeah, it’s almost like people want us to forget he was president during the Wii/DS era. Or that he worked on a ton of awesome games before that, like the Kirby games, and Earthbound.

Twenty-One wrote:

I feel really bad for Iwata, he seems awesome but a lot of gamers are just revelling in his failures. Plus, it’s no secret now that he’s not really popular with the shareholders, and the meeting about re electing the president is coming up soon so who knows

Well, he was just Re-Elected the President of Nintendo, so I think he can rest easy knowing he is keeping his job.

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