Satoru Iwata took charge of Nintendo back in 2002. Under his charge, the company released both the DS and the Wii, both very successful consoles that allowed Nintendo to flourish in the face of heavy competition from the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. During his tenure, he managed to not only change the Nintendo’s fortunes, but how opened up the traditional Japanese company to new ways of communicating with fans, personally presenting regular ‘Nintendo Direct‘ videos to show off new products as well as regularly blogging.
It can’t be understated just how much this man has contributed to the video game industry. Iwata appreciated Nintendo’s fans and understood the importance of the core values of the company, always looking both ahead and behind. He was not only an engineer at heart, but also a gamer, which shows in the products he worked on. Satoru Iwata passed away at just 55 years old, survived by his wife Kayoko.