Since Nintendo announced the news on Monday morning, tributes to the self-confessed “gamer at heart” have sent the hashtag #ThankYouIwata trending on Twitter.
One Twitter user, AnYlien, said: “#ThankYouIwata for putting a little magic and colour in our grey world” with another, Zumii, adding: “#ThankYouIwata you made my childhood a great one!” On Instagram, onceuponadavid posted: “Its crazy but I am incredibly sad #ThankYouIwata your work defined my life.”
Here are some of the most moving and poignant tributes:
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This article was written by Carmen Fishwick, for theguardian.com on Monday 13th July 2015 13.21 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010