It’s very strange and sad to lose Satoru Iwata. Â Whether or not Nintendo has looked much like the rest of the crowd since the early 2000s (when his watch began), the one thing Nintendo hasÂ alwaysÂ looked like is Nintendo. Â (And imagine how truly tough that is, both as an act to follow, and as a ship to steer in some extremelyÂ strange new oceans.)
I know a lot of people don’t always realize what an instrumental figure he was even before he was the head of the company. A genius programmer, an extremely creative developer, and (most importantly) a true lover of games that led even a titan of a company like Nintendo in a way that always tried to be true to the fans and the unique magic of their brand. So much of the gaming industry has gone another way, while Nintendo has always tried to remain itself — and I think fans and developers alike owe a lot to the risks and innovations Nintendo took on over the last decade+ of his leadership.
I’m not sure I can really say how much it’s meant to me that Nintendo has always been exactly what it is — and that that hasn’t meant that it’s ever become some stale relic, or gotten lost in the times.
So here’s to the guy that always took great care of the company (and its many franchises) that I’ve loved since I was a kid.
Video (by IGN), below: