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VGTribune’s memories of Satoru Iwata

July 15, 2015 / 9:58 AM

By: Matthew Gibson

I feel that I speak for everyone that we were both shocked and heartbroken when Nintendo’s beloved president, Satoru Iwata, passed away this past weekend. Not only was he a great leader, but a very passionate gamer. He really was one of us, and was always so kind. From his smile to the Directs, we truly have lost a dear friend, even without knowing him. But thanks to this, I was able to hear all of the things he had done in his life and how he had affected every gamer. Saving Earthbound is one example, or helping the Game Freak staff to fit in a whole second region in Pokémon Gold and Silver, which is the reason many claim those two to be the best in the franchise. I first got into Nintendo from the DS and New Super Mario Bros.. I was only 8 at the time, and I would eventually get the Wii as well. Even when my classmates soon grew out of Pokémon, I was still loving it. And I still am, in addition to the whole world of Nintendo. I don’t think I would be the same person I am today if it wasn’t for Nintendo, and I have Satoru Iwata to thank. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to do so whilst he was alive, but in the chance he is reading this, from Skyworld or World 9, I really do appreciate what you have done, and will try to do the same.

Sorry that I rambled on for a bit, but I couldn’t think of the best stopping point. However, I have asked other members of VGTribune on their thoughts of this great man:

“Mr. Iwata always brought his respectable, fun personality to each Nintendo Direct. The gaming community loved discussing the quirky things he always did in them. He is the only CEO in the world who could hold a banana bunch while delivering news and have people laughing with him, and I am really going to miss that.”
David Jones, Contributor

“Although I, much like most others, never met Mr. Iwata in person I feel like have had the opportunity to understand the man and both admire and respect him. If ever there was an embodied representation of the Nintendo characters and world’s represented in through the games we have played it’s as Mr. Iwata. He was a man that seemed to understand the value of gaming and knew that at the fundamental basics it was about having fun. This attitude came through on the Direct, Digital Events and other presentations delivered by Nintendo. His fingerprints have been all over some of the most important games and characters of the past several decades, plus decisions as a CEO of Nintendo that have revolutionized gaming as we know it. Much like the passing of Steve Jobs, it feels like we’ve lost any amazing person – too soon. RIP Mr. Iwata.”
Justin Masson, Editor

“Programmer, designer, marketer, planner, visionary – Satoru Iwata was a classic example of a modern-day ‘Renaissance Man’ for the gaming industry. From his involvement in creating Balloon Fight to pioneering the Wii movement and everything in between, Iwata-san was passionately known throughout the gaming community as being THE face of Nintendo. It will be extremely difficult to find an executive with as much charisma and influence as he had.”
-Matthew Williams, Co-Editor in Chief

If you have anything to share, feel free to leave it in the comments. Zack O’Neill has written a great piece over here about the former CEO. And again, thank you Satoru Iwata, for everything!

About the author /


Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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