Developer BiographySatoru Iwata (岩田 聡 - 6th December 1959 - 11th July 2015) was the fourth president of Nintendo, and was the former president of HAL Laboratory.
During high school, Iwata created simplistic games that were playable on calculators, and once he completed college at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1982, he joined HAL the following year. Over the years, Iwata has been heavily involved in the Kirby series, as well as other well-known video games such as Balloon Fight and EarthBound.
In 1993, Iwata became president of HAL Laboratory, Inc. In June 2000, Iwata left HAL, becoming a Director of Nintendo's corporate planning division. On 31st May 2002, Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. for 52 years, retired from the company. Yamauchi named Iwata as his successor. In June 2013 he was appointed CEO of Nintendo of America.
Iwata passed away on 11th July 2015 due to a bile duct growth. Tatsumi Kimishima, a veteran of the operations department, succeeded him as President on 15th September 2015.
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