Saturo Iwata, lost his game with bile duct cancer at the age of 55. He was born in 1959. He began his career as a video games developer with HAL which is game development laboratory of world famous japanese games leader Ninetendo. The name HAL in itself has an intersting naming history with each alphabet ahead of the corresponding alphabets of IBM.
He helped the company develop some of the most popular games like Kirby, Earthbound , Pokemon series and N64 Super smash Bros. These memorable games put the Ninetendo as the leader in video games.
He was appointed president of Ninetendo in 2002 and chief executive of Ninetendo of America in 2013. He became the fourth president of the company which was founded in 1889 as a playing card company and was the only person out of the founding family of the company.
Under his leadership the company released Ninetendo DS and 3DS portable systems as well as the Wii Console in 2006. In march 2015, he announced a collaboration with mobile company DeNa of Japan for mobile games development.
His famous quote shows that games was his love and at his heart he was a gamer.
“On my business card I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a games developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer”. God rest him in peace.