Satoru Iwata
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Born December 6, 1959
Died July 11, 2015
Position President and CEO of Nintendo
Affiliation Nintendo
Gender Male

Above all, video games are meant to just be one thing: Fun for everyone.

—Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata was the president and CEO of Nintendo from 2002 to 2015. He is responsible for a large chunk of gaming in its current sate, and he likely had a huge influence on your childhood.

His LifeEdit

Iwata worked with technology for his whole life, but around the time he started his work at HAL Laboratory, his father practically disowned him. But you know what? He just pressed on, and when HAL was on the verge of bankruptcy, he took charge and, as their new president, was able to successfully turn it around. In 2000, he was made the head of Nintendo's corporate planning division. In 2002, Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of Nintendo since 1949, retired, and the rest is history.

In 2014, it was announced that he would not be attending E3 due to a bile duct growth (basically a tumor). After E3, he thanked everyone for the support and said that because it had been found early, he'd be alright. He went into surgery around the time, and though some noticed through the following months that he looked somewhat paler and thinner, his death (of bile duct growth) came as a complete shock to everyone. For the time being, Miyamoto and Takeda will succeed him.

Some Notable AchievementsEdit

  • As noted above, he turned HAL around and saved it even though most would've been dissuaded by the family issues he went through.
  • Sakurai may have created Kirby, but Iwata was the one who had the idea for Kirby's Dream Land.
  • He saved Earthbound by recoding it from scratch at the last minute.
  • He helped found Creatures Inc.
  • Pokemon Gold and Silver were unable to fit on the cartridge. Naturally, Iwata managed to get the region to fit. In fact, there was so much space left over that Kanto was added in as well.
  • He coded Pokemon Stadium's battles in a single week without any reference notes.
  • He helped Sakurai develop the original Super Smash Bros. in secret in enough time for it to be presented and approved.
  • He prevented Super Smash Bros. Melee from being delayed by putting together a debugging team and fixing the bugs within three weeks.
  • He took Nintendo out of the rut the 64 and Gamecube (as amazing as they were) had left them in with the DS and Wii.
  • Hosting Iwata Asks and Nintendo Directs.
  • When Nintendo was losing money on the 3DS, instead of a single layoff, he cut his own salary in half. And then he did it again with the Wii U.
  • He came up with amiibo. Say what you want about them, but they've been a tremendous success for Nintendo, and they're the only way characters like Lucas will ever get western merchandise.
  • He is so well beloved that even when his sickness first came out the entire internet banded together to support him (4chan of all places sent him a card), and after he died, everyone (including Sony and Microsoft) mourned him and remembered how great he was. Well, everyone other than [[AlfredoNoodles]].

Other Games He was Involved inEdit

  • Rollerball
  • Balloon Fight (which has caused a small rally to get Balloon Fighter playable)
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Air Fortress
  • Dragon Quest I (he was in charge of localizing it for North America)
  • Kirby's Dream Land
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Adventures of Lolo
  • Pokémon Snap
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Animal Crossing
  • Super Billiards



  • Iwata was the first president of Nintendo to not be a member of the Yamauchi family. 
  • Even though Yamauchi was responsible for Nintendo through the start of the Gamecube era, Iwata's death hit everyone much harder than his.
  • The Muppet segments in E3 2015 had nothing to do with his health -- they were simply a gimmick akin to the Robot Chicken sketches of E3 2014. To go along with this, Junichi Masuda of Pokemon fame had seen Iwata a few days before and said he was fine.
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