Satoru Iwata

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Satoru Iwata
岩田 聡
いわた さとる
Satoru Iwata with 3DS.jpg

Satoru Iwata with the 3DS.


former President and CEO of Nintendo Co. Ltd.

Satoru Iwata was the fourth president of Nintendo, having taken over the job from the third president Hiroshi Yamauchi in May of 2002. Since his rise to Presidency of Nintendo, he was credited with the success of many of Nintendo's latest creations and the games for them including the Wii, the DS, the 3DS, the GameCube, and the Wii U.


Iwata was born December 6, 1959 in the Hokkaido province of Japan. At a young age he expressed an interest in creating video games, which he took throughout high school and then to the Tokyo Institute of Technology where he studied Computer Science. During this time he worked part-time with HAL Laboratory, Inc. eventually working there full-time in 1982.

While working as a video game designer he worked on games such as Super Mario Sunshine, Star Fox Adventures, Metroid Prime, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, Animal Crossing and The Wind Waker. The series he is most recognized for, however, is the creation of the Kirby series. In 1992, he became president of HAL Laboratories and brought the company back after, having fallen into the red before his presidency.

After that he went to Nintendo in 2000, to become the head of Nintendo's Corporate Planning Division, where he worked on all of Nintendo's global affairs. Finally in 2002, he took over the job of Nintendo's president from Hiroshi Yamauchi, becoming the fourth president in the company's history.

In 2014, Iwata was unable to attend E3 due to health problems.[citation needed] Sadly, a bile duct growth cut his life short on July 11th, 2015 at the young age of only 55.[1]


  • Satoru Iwata was the first president of Nintendo to not be a family member of the previous three presidents by blood or marriage.



Release Game Credit(s)
2002 The Wind Waker Executive Producer
2004 Four Swords Adventures Executive Producer
2004 The Minish Cap Executive Producer
2006 Twilight Princess Executive Producer
2007 Phantom Hourglass Executive Producer
2009 Spirit Tracks Executive Producer
2011 Ocarina of Time 3D Executive Producer
2011 Skyward Sword Executive Producer
2013 A Link Between Worlds Executive Producer
2014 Hyrule Warriors Executive Producer
2015 Majora's Mask 3D Executive Producer
2015 Tri Force Heroes Executive Producer