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Monday 5 December 2016

Nintendo legend dies aged 55

Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo through years of growth, has died of a bile duct tumour at the age of 55.

Mr Iwata, president from 2002, died in a Kyoto University hospital on July 11. He had not been seen recently at game events, such as E3 in Los Angeles, where he was usually a participant.

Mr Iwata led Nintendo's development into a global company, with its hit Wii home console and DS handheld, and also through its recent woes caused by the popularity of smartphones.

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