I was planning to post here about how late this page is and having a go at myself for letting it happen, but in the light of last night’s news, the tardiness of one poxy little comic doesn’t seem so important anymore. The brilliant, eccentric, visionary and frankly legendary president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata has tragically passed away at the young age of 55 and I – along with the entire computer gaming community – am utterly devastated. Iwata has given me, and I’m sure many of you as well, countless hours of joy and entertainment, whether through his role as captain of the good ship Nintendo or directly with his infectious, quirky presenting style and any number of amazing games (EarthBound springs to mind) that he programmed personally.

Nintendo, and by extension, Iwata have been a major inspiration in my own work, not least of all this very comic. Toki no Tanaka wears it’s love for and debt to Nintendo on it’s sleeve, so who knows how different it might be, or if it would even exist at all, were it not for Satoru Iwata and his work at the big N? The influence Satoru Iwata has given to this comic in one way or another cannot be overstated, not least of all because I named one of my main characters in his honour. I’m running out of words now, so all that’s left to do is share this simple tribute:

Iwata tribute

Rest in peace, Iwata-san. Thank you for the memories.