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Satoru Iwata
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: 06 December 1959


: Hokkaido, Japan


: Sagittarius


: 11 July 2015


: 55 years


  • Japanese video game programmer and businessman who served as the fourth president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nintendo
When was Satoru Iwata born?06 December 1959
When did Satoru Iwata die? / Died11 July 2015
How many years did Satoru Iwata live? / Lived55 years
Where was Satoru Iwata born?Hokkaido, Japan
Zodiac sign:Sagittarius
Hair color:Black
Eyes color:Black

Who was Satoru Iwata? / Facts

  • He is widely regarded as a major contributor in broadening the appeal of video games to a wider audience by focusing on novel and entertaining games rather than top-of-the-line hardware
  • Born in Sapporo, Japan, Iwata expressed interest in video games from an early age and created his first simple game while in high school
  • He later majored in computer science at the Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • In 1980, he joined the game developer HAL Laboratory while attending the university
  • During his early years at HAL Laboratory he worked as a programmer and closely collaborated with Nintendo, producing his first commercial game in 1983
  • Notable titles to which he contributed at HAL include EarthBound and the Kirby series
  • Following a downturn and near-bankruptcy, Iwata became the president of HAL Laboratory in 1993 at the insistence of Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi and brought financial stability to the company
  • In the following years, he assisted in the development of the Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. series
  • Iwata joined Nintendo as the head of its corporate-planning division in 2000
  • Nintendo soon saw notable growth with Iwata's assistance and, as a result, he s쳮ded Yamauchi as the company's president in May 2002
  • Under Iwata's direction, Nintendo developed the Nintendo DS and Wii video game consoles, helping the company to achieve financial success in the industry
  • As a self-declared gamer, he focused on expanding the appeal of video games across all demographics through a "blue ocean" business strategy
  • The company attained record profits by 2009, and Barron's placed Iwata among the top 30 CEOs worldwide
  • Iwata subsequently expanded his blue ocean strategy by defining a quality of life product line for the Wii that later evolved into a ten-year business strategy to create stand-alone products

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