Satoru Iwata

The DICE Awards this week took an emotional turn when The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to the late Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata.

Mr. Iwata passed away last July at the age of 55.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé accepted the award on Iwata's behalf and spoke at great length of the man's enormous contributions to video games as well as his general good nature as a wonderful human being.

"On behalf of Mr. Iwata's family and all of Nintendo, thank you for this lifetime achievement award. Mr. Iwata has been gone for some time, but I still think about him almost every day."

Satoru Iwata is only the sixth person to ever be granted this honor from DICE. The award is not taken lightly and is only reserved "for individuals whose accomplishments span a broad range of disciplines over a lengthy career in the industry. Recipients are typically individuals distinguished for their business leadership and are not necessarily involved in development or the creative process."