Satoru Iwata

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Iwata.
Iwata at the Game Developers Conference in 2011

Satoru Iwata (December 6, 1959 – July 11, 2015) was a Japanese businessman. He was the fourth president and CEO of Nintendo.

On July 11, 2015, Iwata died of bile duct cancer at age 55.

Early life[change | change source]

Iwata was born and raised in Sapporo, Japan on December 6, 1959. His father was a municipal mayor.[1]

Iwata expressed interest in the creation of video games early on and during his high school years, began producing electronic games at his home. The several simple number games Iwata produced made use of an electronic calculator he shared with his schoolmates. Following high school, Iwata was admitted to the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he majored in computer science.[2] While attending the school, he did freelance work as a programmer for HAL Laboratory, Inc., a game developer that often collaborated closely with Nintendo.[3]

Death[change | change source]

On July 11, 2015, Iwata died of bile duct cancer at age 55.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Martens, Todd (July 12, 2015). "Nintendo's Satoru Iwata dies at 55; under him, Wii created hordes of new gamers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  2. Kiyoshi Takenaka (December 9, 2008). "Satoru Iwata - the man behind Nintendo's casual gaming boom". News Limited. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  3. Szczepaniak, John. "Before They Were Famous". Retro Gamer (Imagine Publishing) (35): 76. 
  4. "Notification of Death and Personnel Change of a Representative Director (President)" (PDF). Nintendo. July 12, 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.

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