Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is celebrating his 55th Birthday today so I’d like to take some time out to wish him a very Happy Birthday. There’s been a few that have been disappointed at some of Satoru Iwata’s decisions, but there’s no doubt that he’s done a great job at delivering high quality AAA titles. Both Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros are two of the highest rated games this year so he’s clearly doing something right. Happy Birthday, Satoru Iwata!

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      • Hello? Galaxy used the same gameplay setup as 64 and 64’s open world isn’t that vastly huge. Now, imagine Galaxy 3 taking 64’s open world concept and expand it in HD with huge potential and content, it’ll overshadow what made 64 brilliant with Galaxy’s own beautiful sense of brilliance itself along with planetoids and anti-gravity mechanic to play around with.

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          • Like what? Galaxy needs a closure and I’m sure that if they’re working on the final game, they’ll make it bigger and better for the sake of utiliIng HD at its fullest potential with a few new ideas and nostalgic throwbacks. Galaxy 2 was like an add on of the first game or what Galaxy 1 should’ve had like Yoshi and I get why you don’t want another game. But its too beautiful and boundless to just bury it in the sand without having one last go with the third offering. I’m all open for either Galaxy 3 or Sunshine 2 (hopefully Sunshine 2 with get it right this time) but then again if its Sunshine 2, you will still say its too familiar to the original game thus starting the whole “repetitiveness” BS all over again with another game. lol

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            • I’ve never played Sunshine before. :P I enjoyed Galaxy. But there were a couple of things I didn’t like. I kind of like the anti gravity thing. And the power ups were really great. I enjoyed the Good Egg Galaxy, Beach Bowl Galaxy, Ghostly Galaxy, Toy Time Galaxy, The Honeyhive Galaxy and my personal favorite, Gusty Garden Galaxy. I didn’t like most of the other levels. Especially The Freezeflame and Bouy Base. And I definitely didn’t like the final battle with Bowser. The actual level getting to him was more of a challenge than he was. I liked 3D World way more than Galaxy. I enjoyed like 90% of the levels and the multiplayer is just so much fun. Galaxy is great but it just didn’t like most of its levels. I found myself wanting to get out of some of those levels rather than playing them tbh. Lol. I haven’t played Galaxy 2. But from what I can tell, it looks better than Galaxy. And I’ll get around to it eventually.

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          • I WANT SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE 2! I’ve wanted a sequel to that game for YEARS. I loved the tropical beaches and island music. And the gameplay.

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        • Yea, thats what i’ve been saying. Use 64’s open world gameplay, in the galaxy universe. It would be a shame not to see Mario Galaxy in HD. Look what they have done with Zelda and Mario Kart. Just imagine how good Galaxy 3 would look.

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          • Galaxy 3 in HD or the whole trilogy remastered in HD will be heaven for Mario fans and with Galaxy 3 utilizing the hardware and deliver a more massive open world gameplay 64 style like what they’re doing for the next Zelda game will be beyond epic. ^_^ I’m hoping Galaxy 3 will be inspired by 64’s open world concept. The potential is there.

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  1. Happy Birthday! Not like you’ll ever see this but it’s okay.

    I’m just now noticing that prototype gamepad with 3DS circle pads and no NFC spot.

    Thank the gods they didn’t go with that as a final concept. I don’t know what I’d do with myself having to use the 3DS circle pads on a console controller. One of my worst nightmares, lol.

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  2. Iwata is the man hes funny silly and don’t fuck around when it comes to getting aaa nintendo games out and unique hardware.

    Ds 3ds wii and wii u are gaming marvels.

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  3. Iwata’s has inspired Nintendo’s philosophy to put fun at the top of the agenda when creating games, even is the face of great pressure from financiers and stock holders. In a world like ours is today, this needs to be commended.
    Anyone thinking Iwata is not doing a fantastic job is someone who does not know what they are talking about, it is that simple.

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          • I’ve owned them all also mate, my first being the NES. My favorite to date is the Wii U, so make of that what you will.
            His philosophy is not different. Listen to his interviews or read his comments on the topic please.

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            • That’s just down to opinion I guess! :)

              Actions speak louder than words. I read the interviews, but what he says isn’t reflected in what he does

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          • The only consoles that come close to beating Wii U were the NES and SNES. N64 was the worst imo, followed by the Wii.
            Wii U, gamecube, and SNES are Nintendo best consoles (with honorable mention to the NES for starting it all). Wii U beats gamecube imo, but both have similar appeals. SNES maybe beats Wii U, but not for innovation, just for it’s huge library and immense RPG library.
            Iwata has overseen the Gamecube, Wii and Wii U. How is that a failure? Even the Wii which I didn’t particularly like was a HUGE financial success when everyone was saying it was the end for Nintendo. Iwata not deserve credit for that? I guess not eh.

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            • The Wii was a success because it attracted casuals. But in the long term it ruined Nintendo’s reputation among hardcore gamers and made third parties unsupportive of them.

              The GC wasn’t designed by Iwata, so it’s not counted. The Wii was lacking in many aspects as a 7th gen console. So far, the Wii U has yet to deliver in sales and quality (imo), but with Zelda, Star Fox, Splatoon etc I’m sure that’ll change so let’s see! I hope next gen Nintendo does court third parties to their system though

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              • Na. Hardcore gamers were not interested in the Gamecube first, not the Wii, mainly because of the shape and colour.
                The Wii was lacking in many aspects due to the failure of the GameCube. They simply did not have the resources to complete with Sony and MS at that point, so they got creative, as they always do. This was overseen by Iwata, against all odds, and for that I think he deserves all the credit

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          • No shitty 3rd rate party games I can live with because looking at how it’s been done this year with lies and scams of what they attempt to make the games seem like but wasn’t in the end, I don’t want their BS con arts to happen on Nintendo’s soil and to think, I was excited to buy Watchdogs and Destiny until I learn they were nothing but lies and scams watered down compare to what they originally showed and could’ve been much more.

            Thank god for Nintendo to remain in the market and stay true to what video gaming is truly about and I’m not talking about shittons upon shittons of boring ass overused rehashes of the same realism, the same level of violence, the same fucking ideas and the same old BS shooting mechanics. Shooting games now have become the worst kind of Mary Sue I’ve ever seen and I’m sick of seeing the same crap. Realistic shooting bits with needless gore, cliche writing and sex all over it.

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  4. to the dipshit critics of Iwata: you bring a new level ignorance to something you know absolutely NOTHING about: Japanese corporate business.

    so, just dont. please…

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          • Ah, the old argument on sales and quality. Just because the Wii sold well does not make it a good console. The Wii U is mediocre compared to the older Ninty consoles so far, at least that’s what I think

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            • “the old argument on sales and quality.”. What are your arguments against that then? At least I backed up my comments with arguments. You simply just commented.
              Wii U mediocre? What logic is there behind this comment? Mario 3D world, best mario in like forever…really. Pikmin 3 is fantastic. Wonderful 101 amazing, Bayonetta 2, Rayman, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong. All the best games in their respective series ever released, and I’ve played them all. All system sellers for me aswell. I could list more great games aswell.
              What is your ‘old argument’ going to be? “no 3rd party games”. TBH, they can keep um. I don’t buy Nintendo for them anyway. I got my PC for that if something takes my fancy, which tbh is not very often.

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  5. @JoeP: me? do i work in Japan? no, i don’t. that’s why i wouldn’t even try to make an intelligent comment on who would be a better CEO for a billion dollar foreign company.

    my opinion on Iwata? probably some things could have been done better. but, the bottom line is: he turned the 3DS into a success, and we all remember how that device started off. and the WiiU is starting to turn around as well.

    out of the big 3, he easily tops Sony and Microsoft’s big dogs.

    come to think of it, everone knows who Iwata is. can the same be said for the other guys? sorry, i dont think so.

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    • Of course everyone knows who Iwata is, he’s the only spokesperson Nintendo has been using for years apart from Reggie.

      Phil Spencer and Shuhei have done exceedingly well imo. Phil has regained Xbox’s reputation among the gamera and Shuhei is leading the incredible selling PS4.

      But the thing is, Iwata repeated the same mistakes for Wii U as with the 3DS. It seems that he didn’t learn from past mistakes. That’s worrisome

      When compared with other Japanese CEOs like Yamauchi and Yoshida I feel that Iwata is… Subpar. He doesn’t adapt to situations quickly.

      But that’s just my opinion.

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        • Ouch, they got you there… You should learn the difference between digital and analog triggers.

          A digital input can only read two commands at one time. On/Off.

          A analog input can gauge the pressure and distance from one end to the other. Which for racing games can be useful to accelerate at a steady pace, slow down or go faster. It could also be programmed to include multiple functions to one trigger button based on the amount of pressure used on it.

          The reason they are making fun of you is because you had said the Wii U’s gamepad has everything and more. The Wii U’s gamepad only has digital triggers, when almost every other console controller has analog triggers as well. Even the Gamecube controller had analog triggers.

          Although it really is no big deal, since analog triggers are rarely ever taken advantage of besides in racing games for the most part.

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          • oh that’s a good thing that means the buttons won’t wear out you press it it clicks none of that in between shit like 360 controllers when you go to push the button down but you don’t repress it all the way and it doesn’t register because it’s wearing out yeah that’s great dated technology from dreamcast… 1999

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            • Either triggers can wear out, analog or digital. You’re talking about a console when how an analog trigger interacts does not have much to do with the console itself, but how it would work with the games on them.

              You really don’t understand how signals work and it isn’t neurological surgery here we’re talking about. You didn’t really get what I said. So I’d suggest it is best you don’t try talking about subjects you simply do not understand.

              Nothing to be ashamed of, we can’t know everything.

              Sigh… I don’t want to get started on the Dreamcast, so I’ll keep it short. There was nothing dated about it, the Dreamcast pushed forward every thing you use in every console today, even in 1999 it had basically all the features the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One use now.

              The only thing you’re right about is analog being older. What you don’t know since you wont bother to learn about the differences between analog and digital signals, is that even though analog is older it’s more advanced than digital, digital is just cheaper to use and easier to deal with. You can always do more with analogue signals.

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  6. Its funny how they gove credit to Iwata for Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros WiiU/3DS you do realize that he doesnt really make any complicated decisions for those games as they come out no matter what. The company is going to move on its path no matter what. Its just seems to be doing better because you managed to wait a couple years for those games to finally come out.

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  7. OMG! Happy Birthday Satoru Iwata! Today is my brother’s birthday as well and I myself share a birthday with Shigeru Miyamoto! :D

    What an interesting coincidence!!!

    I should check to see if my brother and suster share birthdays with other famous Nintedo figures lol!

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  8. Happy Birthday Satoru Iwata. Whether you love him. hate him or indifferent to him, you cannot overlook the major success of the DS, Wii and now the 3DS, in which he was the head of. Have a happy birthday and I hope you gain the weight that you lost through your illness and stay strong. Don’t listen to the haters, you are a great man and a kind one at that…

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  9. He’s doing something right since there are a rediculous number of fantastic games already for both Wii U and 3DS, but he’s doing something wrong since there’s hardly no 3rd party support and an essential game pad with no essential functions, plus no one I’ve shown my Wii U to had a clue what it was, but everyone was excited about Mario Kart once they tried it out.

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  10. Happy belated Birthday, Mr. Iwata! Now beat the shit out of the marketing teams across the globe. Most of them suck at their jobs! And if they don’t shape up, fire them! Or put them in a role that they can actually be good at.

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