A Rainbow was Seen Over Nintendo’s Kyoto Headquarters Following Satoru Iwata’s Passing

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It seems like despite the tragic loss of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, there might have been a good omen spotted over the company’s headquarters.

Twitter users bakatetu02 and kaorin1211 took photos of a rainbow just over Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters today.

You can find the images both above, as well as below:

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The image carries a lot of symbolic weight as it was taken the day after Nintendo president Iwata was pronounced dead.

Many mourning fans have dubbed it Iwata’s “Rainbow Road” to heaven.



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  1. JackDandy
    July 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    That’s kind of beautiful

  2. Phelan
    July 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Uwaah… that’s kinda…. type of article you would find in tabloid press.

    Not needed. It doesn’t add anything to story. Nor has any bigger meaning. The loss of Iwata is huge, nobody can question it… but whether there was rainbow or god himself ascended from heaven to say “you my buddy will dine with me tonight” doesn’t matter at all.

    Let’s leave things like that for sites like Kotaku… and stay on topic of games. That’s at least my opinion.

  3. MaidKillua
    July 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Lets just hope its not the Rainbow Road from Mario Kart Wii, I hate that thing. He deserves better

  4. Jim
    July 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    That’s so nice! :-)

  5. daggot △
    daggot △
    July 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    they’ve always written about what they want too, just think of them as a better kotaku

  6. Reyhip
    July 13, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I hope I never become this cynical.

    The Godfather of many of our favorite gaming memories passed. This is poinent and timely. People are sad and in these type of times, people appreciate the little things.

    Kotaku and their ilk pull BS that tries to tear our hobby apart in the name of personal politics. This is nothing close to their garbage.

  7. Josh
    July 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Will you please get lost and let people without a stick up their ass appreciate the symbolism? I also think this is just a random occurrence, but that doesn’t mean you have to ruin it for people who do find meaning in it. Just once it’d be nice if people could appreciate the poetic imagery of something like this without a social retard like you pushing up their coke bottle glasses and going “UMM, ACTUALLY, RAINBOWS ARE JUST AN OPTICAL ILLUSION CAUSED BY REFRACTION OF LIGHT IN WATER DROPLETS, THEY AREN’T MAGIC OR CAUSED BY A SOUL DEPARTING TO THE AFTERLIFE, HURNURNURM”.

  8. Wonderkarp
    July 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Come off it. Its not Tabloid. Iwata meant alot to many, and its a sad story.

    Its not like Nichegamer is running around proclaiming this and that in the name of their own political agenda. Its a little story that doesnt harm anybody but you apparently, and it tries to provide a nice positive from such a soul crushing negative. .

  9. sanic
    July 13, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    If anyone bitches about this could they please do a belly flop on a table saw and better the world, k thx.

  10. Phelan
    July 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    You are missing the point.

    As I said NOBODY can belittle legacy that he left. But whether there was rainbow, someone stepped on shit, angelic choir was singing, or someone noticed falling star… it doesn’t matter. Because I expect nichegamer to talk about games not about fancy gossip of housewives nor pretentious symbolism.

    That’s the type of things you would read in tabloid not on gaming site. (kotaku is not gaming site) Appeal to overly emotional people… that most of times get emotional in “fake” way.

    Those type of things are for people who like to take delight in celebrating in very flashy way how sad they are. The more tears they publicly show the better they think they are. “oh look at it there was rainbow! Heavens were crying with the world, JUST LOOK AT SYMBOLISM”

    First things firsts its tragedy. Mainly tragedy for his family.
    Neither you nor I can say that it’s our personal tragedy.

    And it’s big loss for gaming industry. Nobody can deny this… but let’s stop with silly things as rainbows or something.

    What next? Some bigot will start shouting “santo subito”? I mean that’s rainbow for god sake! What bigger miracle you need.

    Iwata was big figure! Let’s talk about his LEGACY! And no about some rainbow.

  11. Phelan
    July 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Much anger I sense in You
    Better world created by psychopats wishing others death… yeah…. let’s think whether Iwata-san wished for people like you to exist… hmm… nope. He was peacful man.

  12. Cred
    July 13, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    “Many mourning fans have dubbed it Iwata’s “Rainbow Road” to heaven.”

    Stop please just stop
    I don’t want to feel this feels

  13. sanic
    July 13, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Less talkin more floppin.

  14. Phelan
    July 13, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    You pretend to act like a mourner… yet… the only thing you show is not sadness but bloodlust.

    typical… hypocrite

  15. Cred
    July 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    dude please
    He was Nintendo’s CEO, one of the most iconic companies on the industry
    A well liked figure on the industry that betrayed traditional expectations of how a CEO should behave, he was a developer, passionate for games, openly honest and direct to his fans and acted like a human being without the usual PR scripts of most CEO’s

    This is a nice post mourning thing to share after the industry lost a valuable person

    It can’t be compared everyday kotaku garbage and shame on you for trying to do that

  16. sanic
    July 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm


  17. xkumo
    July 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Quality journalism.

  18. Phelan
    July 13, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Error 404 – reading abilities not found.

    nobody is questioning his legacy.

    yes it is sad news.

    But instead of showing stupid rainbow let’s talk about his legacy, that’s what we should be doing. Because he left a lot legacy to talk about. You know how I will rememeber him? I know for sure that I won’t focus on whether there was rainbow or not after his death. I’d rather to talk about all his work instead.

    You want to see sample of mourning? Visit here:

  19. Jim
    July 13, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    We get it, you don’t like rainbows, it’s ok man

  20. Cred
    July 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    now you’re talking and I agree, perhaps as a good follow up to this they could make an article that highlights all his contributions to the industry and how he reshaped it

    wasn’t he largely responsible for nintendo taking the ds and wii approach to disrupt the market?
    that’s a big deal

    people could read something about that

  21. Muten
    July 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    “In the ancient beliefs of Japan, rainbows were the bridges that human ancestors took to descend to the planet”

    He came back for a bit, to let them understand.

  22. Fenrir007
    July 13, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Different people cope with sadness in different ways.

  23. TheCynicalReaper
    July 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    That’s a rather sweet thing to make note of. Very heartwarming, mate. Thanks for this!

  24. Tubsiwub
    July 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    While cool, this isn’t really a quality bit of news…

  25. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    You are just the most hate filled person I swear.

  26. PenguinPlayer
    July 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    “Many mourning fans have dubbed it Iwata’s “Rainbow Road” to heaven.”

    If there is a heaven, he is definitely there. Can’t think of many other presidents with a hands-on approach as he did, he deserves to rest now. ;_;

  27. Fenrir7
    July 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Out of all the CEOs, he was one of the few who didn’t take himself too seriously, always willing to go that extra mile to entertain Nintendo fans. I still can’t believe he’s gone ;_;

  28. Anonthony
    July 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm


    It’s an internet blog about video games.

    Get over yourself.

  29. Tubsiwub
    July 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I’m a random guy on the internet in the comments section.

    Get over yourself.

  30. Phelan
    July 14, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Nah… you hate me because I’m not letting you hate NISA.

    You my dear are the very definition of hater.

    As for me… frankly speaking I can’t care less about hating anything or anyone. I’m rational guy… you on the other hand overly emotional.

  31. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 14, 2015 at 1:01 am

    What the hell does an article about Iwata have to do with NISA.

  32. Phelan
    July 14, 2015 at 1:18 am

    You accuse me of being the most hate filled person here.

    What does that have anything to do with Iwata? (who I highly respect)

    You are hyprocrite. You say that I’m the most hate filled person here, yet just yesterday you guys decided to jump onto hate train. Do you understand, or shall I explain it to you drawing pictures :)?

    HYPOCRITE my dear that’s what you will see when you will look into mirror,

  33. JackDandy
    July 14, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Fuck off

  34. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    July 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

    The six sages created a bridge so his spirit can go to the gamer heaven

  35. Anonthony
    July 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Nice 3rd grade-tier “no u”, lmao

  36. Tubsiwub
    July 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hey, thanks!

  37. wonk
    July 16, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    just wonked at you fyi