Classic Games You Didn’t Know Former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Helped Create

07.15.15 4 years ago 2 Comments

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Earlier this week, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata suddenly and tragically passed away. Most of the tributes and obituaries have focused on his time as president (and later CEO) of Nintendo, which is understandable given his accomplishments in the position. He introduced the Wii and DS and changed Nintendo’s cranky, regressive image, leaving a more open, broad-minded and just generally more chill company in his wake.

Yes, Iwata achieved impressive things as Nintendo’s leader, but he wasn’t ordered ready-made from the corporate executive factory. Before he became president of Nintendo, Iwata spent more than 20 years in the trenches, involved in the nitty-gritty of game development. An ace programmer, Iwata was often the guy Nintendo called on if a project needed last minute help, or was stymied by a technical problem. As such, Iwata quietly made some of Nintendo’s best games possible over the years. So, if you’re thinking of paying tribute to Satoru Iwata this weekend, here are the 10 best games he worked on in a hands-on way…

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