Satoru Iwata

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Satoru Iwata
Photographic portrait of Satoru Iwata.
Full Name Satoru Iwata
Born December 6, 1959
Died July 11, 2015 (aged 55)
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) was the fourth president of Nintendo, and the first Nintendo president not related to the previous presidents by blood or marriage. He had done a lot of work with the GameCube and was responsible for its success. He was 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]. He died on July 11, 2015 of a bile duct growth after a long battle with cancer from a tumor[2]. Tatsumi Kimishima has succeeded him in presidency.

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

He makes cameos in a number of Nintendo games, but the most notable appearances are in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, where he appears on Wario's TV, and in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where he (under the name Shop Manager Iwata) is 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 takes away his ? Block set and chuckles, 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 was automatically credited as "Executive Producer" on every Nintendo game released between his promotion to president and his passing, 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


Wikipedia has an article on Satoru Iwata
  1. ^ Satoru Iwata named Nintendo of America CEO
  2. ^ Notification of Death and Personnel Change of a Representative Director(President) (July 13, 2015). Retrieved July 13, 2015.