Satoru Iwata; RIP
Nintendo gaming fans are mourning the death of Satoru Iwata, who died after a game battle with cancer. He was 55.
Along with the mourning, there was much praise for this man’s great life. Staff and players of Nintendo games are sharing stories on the contributions the former CEO made to the video gaming industry.
The best CEO’s have a passion for the work they do and a love of the things they build and sell. Satoru Iwata went beyond the call of duty. It is worth quoting in full one of his famous quips;
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
The best CEO’s are also revered for overhauling company’s diminishing returns which hover dangerously close to the closing of doors and laying off of hundreds of workers. Satoru Iwata was no different and that’s why he has been a big asset of the company. He reversed Nintendo’s gaming losses since the turn of the last millennium and introduced popular consoles such as the Wii and Nintendo DS.
Long before joining the Nintendo team, Satoru Iwata was head of the Tokyo Institute of Technology during the late seventies. His passion for computer games having started as early as high school, the young Satoru Iwata started developing unusual programs with his peers before founding his first company which was simply named HAL. Not long after that, HAL received the call to duty from none other than Nintendo, the father of the much-loved Mario Brothers.