Presenting the company's quarterly earnings, Iwata said he felt healthy enough to fully return to work, although he has lost weight since the operation. Earlier this year he talked about his surgery. "In general, it is said that a bile duct growth can be difficult-to-treat, partly because of the difficulty of detecting it early. In my case, luckily, it was detected very early and I had no symptoms. I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option. Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well, as predicted."
Iwata is likely to find his inbox full as he addresses the many challenges facing Nintendo. Although the company's financial outlook has improved in recent months, Wii U hardware sales remain weak in comparison to previous Nintendo consoles.