I was genuinely saddened to learn today, as were many others, of the recent death of Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo. He definitely looked frailer over the past year or so but still it’s a big shock and a huge blow to the games industry. His contributions to the industry, particularly the Wii and DS in recent years can hardly be overstated, and will be discussed for many years still to come. Prior to his excellent leadership of Nintendo over the past ten years or so, he was a highly talented and successful programmer at HAL Labs who contributed greatly to the Kirby series, and later the Super Smash Bros series.
On a more personal level he was also always charismatic and endearing in interviews and press events. In his Iwata Asks interviews he always came across as genuinely enthusiastic about the craft of making games and the people making them. Perhaps the quality I always respected most about him apart from his sense of humour was his humbleness.
And with that I leave you with a short segment of Game Center CX featuring the man himself discussing and playing Balloon Fight, a game Iwata programmed. It gives some insight into the man as he talks a bit about how he got into the games industry in the first place, as well as his early programmer days.