Satoru Iwata, former president of Nintendo, was an incredible man. He touched the lives of everyone he encountered. He even touched the lives of those he never encountered, myself included. His joyfulness and enthusiasm spilled over in anything he ever endeavored.
Sadly, Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 from complications with a tumor in his bile duct.
Satoshi Mitsuhara, the president of HAL Laboratory (where Iwata worked for many years), recently reflected on his close friendship with Iwata and their time together at HAL:
Satoru Iwata, who had worked for HAL Laboratory back then, expressed that he wants to make Famicom games to Nintendo. That was the beginning of our relationship with Nintendo. The differentiating point between us and our competitors was that we made games before the Famicom was released. That meant we had the know-how.
Satoru Iwata was a very straight person. Never tried to cheat or have any kind of intent to do that at all. Even when other people were cheating or doing something underhand, he never used that as a reason to do likewise. At work, he was also a very serious and honest person, that sincerity and honesty made the company very pleasant. He also had a big capacity for things, he could take on a lot. We were very close friends.
One time, when we were extremely busy on Mother 2 (EarthBound) for Super Famicom we often went out together for dinner after work. On our way home from dinner, we used to go to the arcades and play Daytona USA exactly twice. Always twice and leave. I reckoned we did that every week. It was really like work hard and play hard.
Read the full interview here.
How do you remember Satoru Iwata? Did he make an impact on your life? For me, Iwata is my inspiration in my programming career. His programming skills were legendary as he was known to have saved many projects from failure, most famously Mother 2 (Earthbound). Leave us your thoughts in the comments below or you can even start a discussion on our new Community forum!
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