Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Leaves Legacy of Charm


After more than a decade of shaping fan-forward Nintendo philosophies, President Satoru Iwata died Saturday at 55. Iwata had been struggling with cancer for about a year. The one-time programmer and long-time video game enthusiast worked his way through the ranks of Nintendo until there were no more promotions left. He succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002, which made him the first Nintendo president who wasn’t a member of the Yamauchi family. Of the many successes bearing Iwata’s signature at Nintendo, none stands out more than the Wii.

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