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The late Satoru Iwata, who was Nintendo president until his death in July 2015, will be honoured at the upcoming DICE awards with a lifetime achievement award, which will be awarded posthumously for the first time.

Iwata will join the like of "The Father of PlayStation" Ken Kutaragi and early Nintendo chiefs Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln as a recipient of the award, which has only been bestowed on six people in the award ceremony's 19-year history.

The award show is being held on 18 February in Las Vegas, prior to this year's DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, an annual gathering of video game executives and industry figureheads.

In addition to awards for the best game of 2015, genre-specific categories and categories dedicated to design, character, story and music, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima will also be entered into the DICE Hall of Fame by his friend and former Silent Hills collaborator Guillermo del Toro.

Iwata served as Nintendo president for 13 years, overseeing the creation of the hugely successful Wii home console and DS handheld, before suffering a prolonged illness that eventually claimed his life at the age of 55. In September 2015, Tatsumi Kimishima was announced as his successor.

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