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      R.I.P. Satoru Iwata!

      HAL Laboratory
      After graduating from university, Iwata joined HAL Laboratory in a full-time capacity.[3] He became the company's coordinator of software production in 1983. Some of the video games he worked on were Balloon Fight, EarthBound, and the Kirby games.[4][5] With the company on the verge of bankrupcy, Iwata was promoted to president of HAL in 1993 and helped to turn the company around and stablize its finances.[3][1] Iwata assisted in the founding of Creatures Inc., which was established in 1995 by Tsunekazu Ishihara.[6] Although not part of Nintendo at the time, Iwata assisted in the development of Pokémon Gold and Silver, which were released for the Game Boy Color in November 1999. Simultaneously, he aided in the programming of Pokémon Stadium for the Nintendo 64 by reading the original coding in Pokémon Red and Green and reworking it for the new game. Iwata also created a set of compression tools utilized in Gold and Silver.[7]
      Nintendo

      "On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer."
      Satoru Iwata in his keynote speech at GDC 2005[8]

      In 2000, Iwata took a position at Nintendo as the head of its corporate planning division. When Hiroshi Yamauchi, the company's president since 1949, retired on May 31, 2002, Iwata succeeded as Nintendo's fourth president with Yamauchi's blessing, and Yamauchi would advise Iwata over the next few years.[9] He was the first Nintendo president who was unrelated to the Yamauchi family through blood or marriage. Iwata continued to help out at HAL as a consultant.

      At the time of Iwata's promotion, Nintendo was not performing as well as other console makers, with its latest release the GameCube performing poorly compared to competitors. Iwata had stated in 2006 that he felt that the gaming industry was becoming too exclusive, and wanted to develop hardware and games that would be appealing to all players.[1] Under his charge at Nintendo, he helped to lead a revitalization of their handheld system, transitioning from the Game Boy to the Nintendo DS with a unique form factor that allowed for more novel games to be played on it. He also pushed on the development of the Wii platform which introduced the use of motion control-based video games.[10] Both units proved highly successful to the company, with the release of the Wii in 2006 helping to nearly double the stock price of Nintendo.[10] Iwata's former experience as a programmer, a rarity for technology CEOs, was said to help contribute towards his leadership of the company.[11] Due to his success, Barron's included Iwata on their list of the 30 top CEOs worldwide from 2007 to 2009.[10][12]

      He commented on Nintendo games in his section of Nintendo's Wii website, Iwata Asks.[11] Iwata also worked on The Legend of Zelda, Mario, and the Animal Crossing series of games. He also played a cameo in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where he is referred to as "Shop Manager Iwata". In June 2013, he also took the role of Nintendo of America's CEO.[13][14] As one of his first changes as CEO of Nintendo of America, Iwata decided that they wouldn't hold large press conferences at E3, and instead have several smaller events, each aimed at a certain demographic.[15] In 2015, Iwata put part of Nintendo's focus on the growing mobile game market, creating a partnership with mobile provider DeNA to publisher titles, as traditional hardware console sales began to falter.[9][16] Iwata stated he would take half his salary to help Nintendo's poor finances and to better compete against Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment.[17]

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --
    • Finished Twilight Princess a couple of days ago and started playing Skyward Sword.

      Need to get used to the controls, this one is much more Wii-motionsensing sensitive but other than that I am enjoying it! Arwork is like a cross between Windwaker colorwise and Twilight Princess, nice combi imo!

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --
    • Just ordered Until Dawn for PS4. Basically a horror story about a group of friends in an isolated house with a serial killer. The gameplay is completely based on you making crucial decisions and you basically make your own story progression (the ending, who lives, who dies and many other details). The reviews definitely sparked my curiosity and I'm excited to play it. :)
    • Razormane wrote:

      Got distracted from SS by... Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced... No joke! I am as addicted to it now as I was 11 years ago! :ohmy:

      I think back then I got to ompleting 284/300 regular missions before the mission rotation went f*cked. Currently at 292/300 and still going strong :sun: Almost there!

      Rok wrote:

      Just ordered Until Dawn for PS4. Basically a horror story about a group of friends in an isolated house with a serial killer. The gameplay is completely based on you making crucial decisions and you basically make your own story progression (the ending, who lives, who dies and many other details). The reviews definitely sparked my curiosity and I'm excited to play it. :)

      So... Bioware style storymaking (= :sun: :sun: :sun: ) in a horror setting (= :bad: :bad: :bad: )? That second element unmanes it :<

      Speaking of Bioware... Must say I've been getting a Dragon Age itch lately. Timing couldn't be poorer though with 5 tracks that need to be finished ASAP :v

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --
    • Rok wrote:

      Razormane wrote:

      Playing Pro Evo 2012 on 3DS lately. It seems to have more options than the Wii versions: am really happy to see they added the qualification phase to when you play a Cup :sun: Currently doing a Euro Cup tour with Portugal, currently top of the group :smoke:
      Get Mario Kart for 3DS so we can plei onlain. 8|

      Patience Damus B|

      Priorities first:
      #1 Shovel Knight 3DS
      #2 Smash Bros 3DS
      #3 Mario Kart 3DS

      :sun:

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --
    • Razormane wrote:

      Playing Pro Evo 2012 on 3DS lately. It seems to have more options than the Wii versions: am really happy to see they added the qualification phase to when you play a Cup :sun: Currently doing a Euro Cup tour with Portugal, currently top of the group :smoke:

      Update:
      + Won Euro Cup with Portumane :sun:
      + Won International Cup with Portumane :sun:
      + Won Asia-Oceania Cup with Japane :sun:

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --