The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has selected late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata as their next Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
The honorary award is reserved for individuals whose accomplishments “span a broad range of disciplines over a lengthy career in the industry” and “have driven significant and positive change across the industry.” Iwata, without question, fit that criteria to the fullest.
The gaming industry as a whole felt a tremendous impact when Iwata passed away last July due to a losing fight with cancer. He was just 55 years old.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced during the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 18. Iwata will join Bing Gordan, Doug Lowenstein, Ken Kutaragi, Minoru Arakawa, and Howard Lincoln.
In December, Iwata received a special tribute during The Game Awards 2015, complete with a heartfelt speech from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime and a live on-stage piano performance by Ben Harper.
In addition, a number of Nintendo games have been nominated for the D.I.C.E. Awards, spanning multiple genres: Splatoon is up for Action Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, Super Mario Maker is up for Family Game of the Year, and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Yo-Kai Watch are nominees for Handheld Game of the Year.