The creators of both Mario and Sonic have joined together with fans to pay their respects at the funeral of Nintendo’s beloved president.
Over 4,100 fans have paid their respects to former Nintendo CEO and president Satoru Iwata, across two days of funeral services in Kyoto, Japan.
Iwata, aged just 55, died of cancer last weekend, which led to an immediate outpouring of grief from both fans and industry figures from every corner of the gaming world.
Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto and general manager Genyo Takeda are currently sharing Iwata’s role while a permanent replacement in sought.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Takeda spoke at the funeral, saying that the company would continue Iwata’s work and that the seeds he planted would one day grow into flowers ‘that will make people around the world smile’.
Also at the funeral were Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka, British developer and Star Fox co-creator Dylan Cuthbert, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, and Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya.
Nintendo of America heads Reggie Fils-Aime and Bill Trinen were also in attendance, along with other Nintendo staff and family members.