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If only 1-Ups were real… II

As if Nintendo did not suffered enough already when Nintendo’s 3rd President, Hiroshi Yamauchi, passed away at age 85 due to reported complications of pneumonia in 2013.  A dark cloud has once more set on top of Nintendo Land with the death of who was current President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata.

Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo 2002 – 2015

Iwata died at the young age of 55 due to a reported tumor in his bile duct.  Reportedly, the tumor was discovered in June 2014 and was successfully removed.  However, the cancer reappeared and took Iwata’s life on July 11th, 2015. I am in shock because it seems like yesterday when I was writing about how Iwata has been doing an exceptional job at keeping Nintendo’s name relevant in the industry.  Nintendo as to this date has not released who will be Satoru Iwata’s successor.  At the time, Nintendo is reportedly being managed Genyo Takeda (general manager of Nintendo’s integrated research division and Representative Director of Nintendo) and Shigeru Miyamoto (video game designer and producer) while awaiting the new President to be appointed.

Iwata’s journey with Nintendo started as a collaborator through his gaming developing role in HAL Laboratory in 1980, a Japanese video game developer in Tokyo. Through exceptional work on developing the EarthBound and Kirby series titles, Iwata became President of Hal in 1993.  During his time as President at HAL, he assisted Nintendo with the world famous titles of Pokémon and Super Smash Bros.  In 2000, Iwata began working officially for Nintendo in the corporate division.  If you have been paying attention to the dates, that means only 2 years after his start date he became President of Nintendo (and the first outside of the Yamauchi family).  How IMPRESSIVE is that?!  Pretty darn impressive if you ask me.  During his reign as President, he birthed various Nintendo’s smashing hits like the Wii gaming console and the Nintendo DS handheld – the latter being the second-best selling video game console of all time following the PlayStation 2.  Both systems (i.e., the Wii and DS) reinforced Nintendo’s relevance in the gaming world after the public not taking well the GameCube console (which I will never understand because it is actually one of my favorite).  Also during his years at Nintendo, Iwata was involved in the Super MarioAnimal Crossing, Metroid Prime, and The Legend of Zelda series – all which have become gaming phenomena.

Satoru Iwata was the definition of what it means to be a visionary – he believed in magic Nintendo brings to families and households around the world.  He took risks in attempts to keep Nintendo’s legacy as strong as ever.  For example, the sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld console when it came out in 2011 were less than promising.  Moreover in 2014, the Wii U sales also spiraled down the drain.  However, what did Iwata do?  He VOLUNTARILY took a 50% pay cut of his salary in 2011 and 2014 to help buffer the lack of revenue from the 3DS.  WHO DOES THAT?!  An amazing human being who believes in his company – that’s who.

Satoru Iwata will always be remembered for his energetic, approachable, and positive attitude he portrayed whether in person, a presentation at E3, or a Nintendo Direct recording.  When he came on stage or on your browser window, it always felt like you were talking to one of your gamer friends in middle school – that level of closeness I believe is characteristic of being part of the Nintendo culture.  A testament to this is the massive support fans all over the world have expressed with his passing. It will only take you seconds to search “satoru iwata tribute” on a search engine and you will see countless threads and images solely dedicated to showing the love and appreciation for not only Iwata’s work, but for who he was as a person.

Iwata Tribute Example

 

Iwata tribute example

Nonetheless, Satoru Iwata, rest in peace.  May your beautiful soul and exceptional work be never forgotten.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Fanboy, Game Over

 

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If only 1-Ups were real…

 President and Chairman, Nintendo (1949–2002, 2002–2005)

September 19, 2013 will be a date that numerous gamers, especially Nintendo fans, around the world will never forget: Nintendo’s 3rd President, Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away at age 85 due to reported complications of pneumonia.

Mr. Yamauchi was (and forever will be) one of the principal cornerstones of Nintendo’s advancement.  In fact, without Yamauchi, who knows if the company would have ever progressed into what it is today as he was the one responsible for bringing Nintendo’s electronic evolution.  Many of you may not know that the Nintendo company actually started as a playing cards manufacturer factory which much later proceeded to be a toy making company.  Yes, you read right: playing cards and toy making.  Ever since he became Chairman of Nintendo in 1949, Yamauchi ruled with a firm fist and never lost faith in his company’s capacity and staff’s competence.  It was Yamauchi’s polished observational skills for innovation that provided a gateway for Nintendo to maintain relevance in the worldwide market.  He was responsible for bringing the legendary Famicom and overlooking all the marvelous console systems until the GameCube.  During the latter console’s developement, he decided to step back and appointed Satoru Iwata as his successor – which I believe has been doing an exceptional job at keeping Nintendo’s name relevant in the industry.

Satoru Iwata, 4th President of Nintendo

Yamauchi kept true to Nintendo and his vision of maintaining the future in scope while working endlessly to make it the present and a reality to gamers around the globe.  Under Yamauchi, Nintendo was ruled under the premises of originality, entertainment, and availability: Yamauchi believed in people having the opportunity to be able to play one-of-a-kind videogames that provided unique experiences at the most inexpensive price possible.  Through that vision, games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario 64, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, and Starfox (all developed by famous gaming icon Shigeru Miyamoto) came into existence.

Shigeru Miyamoto

Yamauchi retired from Nintendo on 2005 feeling that his advancing age would interfere with Nintendo’s progress.  Nonetheless, he left satisfied with his work and believing in Satoru Iwata’s skill and expertise in driving the company into further successes.  Sadly, Yamauchi will not be able to see his company strive forward as 1-Ups do not exist.

May you rest in peace, Hiroshi Yamauchi.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Fanboy, Game Over

 

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