Special: Iwata, thank you for everything
July 13, 2015 \ Uncategorized \ 3 Comments
Today’s news came as a shock to all of us. Satoru Iwata, CEO and President of Nintendo, is no longer alive. He died at age 55 due to a bile duct growth. We’ve lost a great man today but his legacy will forever live one in the gorgeous things he brought us. It’s time to say farewell to a legend, it’s time to say thank you for everything he has achieved over the years.
The young years
Iwata grew up in Japan and got his computer science degree later on. Not long after his graduation, he worked for HAL Laboratory, an important development studio owned by Nintendo. In here, Iwata helped in creating some of the most memorable Nintendo franchises. The most important game he helped to develop back in that day was Earthbound. Without the input of Iwata, Earthbound wouldn’t be the game it is today.
More than 15 years later, his hard work got rewarded. Iwata became President of Nintendo back in 2002, following Hiroshi Yamauchi’s departure. As President of Nintendo, Iwata devoted his life in guiding the company towards new highs. His leadership brought us a lot to love and remember.
Thank you for the Nintendo Wii and DS
It was under the command of Iwata that Nintendo managed to produce two of its most popular consoles ever created. The Nintendo Wii and DS both were a tremendous success. A success that would never happen if Iwata didn’t push hard for innovation. He truly was a visionary; he wanted to bring innovation to the gaming world. Although not all of his ideas were great, there’s no denying that without Iwata, the Wii and DS wouldn’t be the success they are today. It’s thanks to him and his team that we got to enjoy two of Nintendo’s best hardware pieces.
He spoke to the world, creating a friendly face for the company
The biggest innovation didn’t come with technology however. Iwata changed the way Nintendo was communicating with gamers. The focus of a silent company shifted to a company that was open for dialogue with its fans and developers. The brilliant Iwata Asks series gave us a look into the world of game development. It introduced us to the developers so we all know who was working on the game. Iwata was a very friendly and patient man. It’s this that made the Iwata Asks series into such a success. Not only this but thanks to the Iwata Asks series we’ve learned thing that we never thought of. I remember the part where he explained Mario couldn’t jump at first.
It’s a shame we’ll have to miss these brilliant conversations. whoever takes over his role; it will never be the same as with Iwata. It’s thanks to Iwata that we, the gamers, were allowed to enter the ‘behind closed door’ areas of the company.
The Nintendo Directs
This brings us to the last and probably most successful idea Iwata had the last days, the Nintendo Direct shows. Iwata often made an appearance on these great shows and he never took thing too seriously. He showed us that a company as big as Nintendo isn’t all about gaining money, it’s about having fun. There’re some unforgettable Nintendo Direct moments we would like to share with you here:
The battle with Reggie to promote Smash:
Iwata introduced a new way of communicating with the fans using the Nintendo Directs and it always worked. Nintendo fans always looked forward to see the Direct. Not only for the games but also for Iwata. One thing is for sure; the Nintendo Directs will never be the same again.
Rest in peace, you’ve earned it
It is believed that one of the meanings of the name ‘Nintendo’ is leave luck to heaven. As for now, we truly hope Iwata will find his luck, regardless of the place or time. We truly are shocked that a strong mind like his passed away but we are very grateful for everything he has done for Nintendo and its fans. He will forever live on in the legacy he left behind.