Gaming Historian has posted a touching and interesting video on the life of Nintendo’s former president, Satoru Iwata, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The video takes us through his life, including the start of his career as a developer and a computer science graduate from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
As the video points out, Iwata was not only the President of Nintendo, he was a developer, a gamer, a father and a husband. The fact that over 4,000 people attended Iwata’s funeral proves the impact he had on people’s lives.
You can watch Gaming Historian’s 37 minute video below, which is a great recap on all of Iwata’s achievements in the industry:
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The Golden Joystick Awards were held today at the indigO2 at O2 Arena in London. It’s the 33rd annual event which recognises both games and people in the gaming industry.
Nintendo’s former CEO Satoru Iwata – who sadly passed away this year age 55 – has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his huge contribution and impact to both Nintendo, and to gaming as a whole:
“Satoru Iwata, the Nintendo CEO who sadly died in July this year at the age of 55, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A revered man of the gaming industry, Satoru was the driving force behind many of Nintendo’s products including the Wii and DS, and is credited for bringing gaming to the masses by making it family entertainment. Starting out as a programmer in the 1980’s for a subsidiary of Nintendo, he became president in 2002, the first outside of the company’s founding family. He was renowned for first and foremost being a gamer and was described as “… having the brain of a game developer and the heart of a gamer”. His contribution and impact on modern gaming is second to none.”
The tragic passing of late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata came as a shock to gamers and developers so it seems extremely fitting that he should be honoured at PAX Prime this weekend. The organisers behind the event have set up a special area designed for those who wish to pay their respects. It’s a relatively small area which features a display that pays tribute to his many accomplishments. It’s a nice way of being reminded what Mr Iwata did for the video game industry.
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MariChan from Nintendo has taken to Miiverse to thank the fans for all their lovely messages to former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The team at Nintendo wanted to do something fun and special to commemorate Satoru Iwata so they have decided to announce a community driven Splatoon drawing event. We should get more details on the Art Academy Events community page at the end of the month, so stay tuned.
Hello everyone! MariChan here. Thank you so much for your outpouring of messages about Mr Iwata. Miiverse and everyone on it held a very special place in his heart, so I know he’d be very happy. Mr Iwata’s passing was an extremely painful time for all of us, but I feel like it’s our duty to carry on making Miiverse a fun and awesome place so we can keep his spirit alive! To that end, we’re planning a Splatoon drawing event. Look forward to more details in an announcement on the Art Academy Events community page on 31 July!
Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakura has written about former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in his weekly column in Japanese gaming publication Famitsu. Sakura was extremely close to Mr Iwata and says that when he first heard the news of Iwata’s passing he said, “My mind went white and even now the reality hasn’t sunk in.” In his most recent column, Sakurai tried to describe Satoru Iwata in five ways.
He was a man of virtue. Where a normal person would get annoyed or angry, he would never show such emotions and would instead analyze, organize, and offer ideas. He was someone who could bow his head and apologize for things that weren’t his fault. I often worried about his stress levels, but he always talked with a smile.
He had a brilliant mind. Even when people would talk at length or without focus he was able to quickly say, “so, what you’re trying to say is…” and quickly summarize their point. He was able to see to the heart of people and things and was a master of simplifying them so that anyone could understand their point. He could immediately make a call on changes to improve. I have no doubt that many people were saved by this quality.
He was a man of effort. Even though he didn’t start out in the managing field, he read numerous management books, he would ask for advice from the necessary people that he would take to heart, and managed to become the president of Nintendo. What he gained from his years as a programmer allowed him to take many long-term projects to successful fruition.
He was open and generous.Things like his Iwata Asks, and Nintendo Direct weren’t things that necessarily required the president of Nintendo to stand at the front and do. There was always the risk of frivolous criticism. And yet, by being the spokesperson, I believe he showed the importance of properly conveying a message to his audience.
He was empathetic. After he became the president of Nintendo, he would write emails to all employees to communicate and as hard as it was, took a stance to try to treat everyone as equals. He would often ask third parties to see how people were doing. As an individual, he had no self-righteous qualities.
It turns out that the recent Super Mario Maker-themed Cake Wars episode was dedicated to the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The episode aired last night and featured a number of special guests, including Nintendo Minute host Krysta Yang. It was a neat way to promote the upcoming Super Mario Maker game, which launches on September 11 for Wii U.
A moment of silence was held for Satoru Iwata at the Evo 2015 championship series yesterday, July 18. The tribute lasted for about 20 seconds and took place before a match between players of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The late Nintendo president passed away on July 11 due to complications with a bile duct tumor. He was 55 years old.