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A Touching Tribute to Nintendo's President

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Thousands paid their respect when Nintendo company president Satoru Iwata passed away in July 2015, facing the brunt of a typhoon at his service in Kyoto or leaving notes and letters at The Nintendo World Store in New York and the Nintendo headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

One of the many admirers, Norman Caruso, beautifully chronicles Iwata’s career in his latest Gaming Historian 30-minute episode, “The Life of Satoru Iwata.”

Iwata saw the start of his gaming career at HAL Laboratory, developing well-known classics like Earthbound and the Kirby franchise. As CEO of Nintendo, he pioneered many gaming innovations such as the Nintendo DS and introduced motion control to games with the Nintendo Wii. He often served as the face of Nintendo Direct, short online press conferences that showed off upcoming Nintendo titles. Many of these Nintendo Directs episodes placed Iwata in quirky and humorous situations, such as an intense mock battle with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime back at E3 2014.

This video is for him.

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