On his business card, it reads ‘Corporate President’, but he is a developer and a gamer.
He had many successes in the games he developed and the console he launched. As for his failures, he took responsibility. For example, when Nintendo was failing in 2013, he took a huge paycut to avoid employee layoffs.
He was the man behind shows like Nintendo Direct and Iwata Asks, shows where he would interview game developers and present Nintendo news to gamers.
Now I say to you, President Iwata, please understand that you were responsible for making Pokémon Gold my favorite Game Boy game of all time by having me travel through Johto and Kanto to extend the gameplay. You were responsible for developing one of my favorite fighting games, Super Smash Brothers, as well as other games such as Earthbound (which I need to finish) and Balloon Fight. You made memorable videos that featured you surrounded by Nintendo characters, or voicing a puppet version of yourself. You made me admire you more when you ignored the naysayers who accuse you of being “behind the times” to focus on fun. After all, you even said, “Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone!”
President Satoru Iwata, you truly were a great businessman. Thank you for all of your hard work. You will be missed. Enjoy your travel down Rainbow Road.