Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata


12/6/1959, Sapporo, Japan

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Satoru Iwata


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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • His first game creation was a baseball game made on his calculator.

    • In high school, he was the first person in his class to get a Hewlitt Packard Pocket Calculator.

    • He worked for HAL Laboratory for a total of 18 years.

    • During the interviews with former president Hiroshi Yamauchi that would eventually lead to his promotion as president, he thought Yamauchi was planning to fire him.

    • He helped create the Earthbound and Balloon Fight series.

    • He liked to share the creations he made during his high school years with his classmates.

    • He was promoted to software production coordinator after just one year of work at HAL Laboratory in 1983.

    • He started working as a part-time programmer for HAL Laboratory even while he was still in college.

    • The first video game he ever played was Pong.

    • The first games he programmed were made with the use of an electronic calculator.

    • He is the person credited with bringing the success of HAL Laboratory back, after it went bankrupt in 1992.

    • Although he no longer works for HAL, he still contributes concept art and other creative input for their projects.

    • He is a computer science major.

    • He was the head of Nintendo's Corporate Planning Division for 3 years, 2000-2002.

    • He became the first Nintendo president that was unrelated to the Yamauchi family by marriage or blood.

    • He was named one of the world's top CEOs by Barron's Magazine.

    • He was the president of HAL Laboratory from 1993 to 2000.

    • His family was not very supportive of his decision to work in the video game industry. His father even stopped talking to him for 6 months.

    • While he attended high school, he created electronic games as a hobby.

    • He attended the Tokyo Institute of Technology after high school.

    • While Iwata is often credited with being the creator of the Kirby series of video games, it was actually created and developed by Masahiro Sakurai. It was Iwata's heavy involvement and dedication in the project that brought about the first title in the series Kirby's Dreamland.

    • Iwata gave the keynote speech at the 2005 Toyko Game Show. The event promotes the upcoming video game releases as well as console releases for the up coming year.

    • In 2002, Iwata became the fourth president of Nintendo Company Limited. The company is resposible for the creation of the Nintendo video game systems. As of 2006, he is the current President of the company.

  • Quotes

    • Satoru Iwata: It is my job to run a global company, but within my job, what still gives me the most satisfaction is seeing someone pick up a controller and finding surprise and delight. What touches their heart still touches my heart.

    • Satoru Iwata: As any game developer knows, the three basic food groups are Fritos, Cheetos, and Doritos.

    • Satoru Iwata: Better technology is good, but technology's not enough.

    • Satoru Iwata: And my name is Iwata. I'm about making games and I'm about playing games. Last night, I played Super Smash Bros. That's my game. I kicked some... you know what and I took his name. His name was Reggie. As Nintendo president, I'm also all about asking questions. So Reggie, I have a question for you. Who's your daddy?

    • Satoru Iwata: Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone.

    • Satoru Iwata: 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: You may not know from an outsiders point of view, but being a director is really hard! When things are really busy and stressful we may look tired and sick, then people may feel sorry for us. But in my case, it's the opposite, I get fatter and fatter, so then people don't think I'm stressed at all!

    • Satoru Iwata: Although many believe that technology automatically enables more realistic expression, I believe that is just not correct.