Satoru Iwata

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Satoru Iwata
Photographic portrait of Satoru Iwata.
Full Name Satoru Iwata
Born December 6, 1959
Occupation at Nintendo Global President, Chief Executive Officer (Nintendo of America)

“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.”
Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata (岩田聡) is the fourth president of Nintendo, and the first Nintendo president not related to the previous presidents by blood or marriage. He has done a lot of work with the GameCube and is responsible for its success. He is also the executive producer of many games and a previous employee of HAL Laboratory. In April 2013, he replaced Tatsumi Kimishima as CEO of Nintendo of America.[1]

Satoru's cameo in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!.

He makes cameos in a number of Nintendo games, but the most notable appearances were in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, where he appeared on Wario's TV, and in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where he (under the name Shop Manager Iwata) was the owner of a video game store and sold 18-Volt a Game & Watch for 9-Volt. Whenever the player wins a microgame in 9-Volt and 18-Volt's set, he is happy, and if the player loses a microgame, he becomes slightly frustrated and a customer leaves the store (which are the life counters).

List of games[edit]

Since Satoru Iwata is automatically credited as "Executive Producer" on every Nintendo game released following his promotion to president, the following list cover only credits given before said promotion.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Iwata il caponegozio (WarioWare: Smooth Moves) Iwata the shop manager


  1. ^ Satoru Iwata named Nintendo of America CEO