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Today it was announced that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had passed away on July 11th, 2015 due to a bile duct complication. To say that myself and the rest of the gaming community were shocked and saddened by this would be an understatement. What Iwata-san has done for video games is immeasurable. Starting in the 80’s as a programmer for NES games such as Kirby and the almighty Earthbound. He worked his way up the ladder eventually being named Nintendo’s president in 2002 spearheading the development and launch of the revolutionary Nintendo Wii. Along with the visionary Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie “My Body is Ready” Fils-Amie he put his face out there and became a very public face for the company. Focused on transparency, making personal connections with Nintendo fans, and delivering high quality and above all, fun experiences, us fans looked forward to each installment of Iwata Asks and the Nintendo Directs. In a gaming scene that was veering towards homogenization he took the wheel and steered the climate of Nintendo into one of innovation and genuine personality. Even just a few weeks ago he responding and commenting on the feedback he had gotten from Nintendo’s E3 showing.
From my first NES console at age at 7 to last night spreading ink all over the place in Spatoon on the Wii U, Nintendo has been and always will be a huge part of my life. From helping create and grow friendships over some rounds of Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros to easing my sadness with the bright and colorful Mushroom Kingdom and Dreamland to waxing philosophical and adventuring into the unknown with The Legend of Zelda series and Earthbound, Iwata-san has either directly or indirectly influenced some of the most joyous moments in my life. The photo below is a shot of a bit of my current Nintendo collection (unfortunately things get lost and broken when one moves around a lot) and each piece there is more than just a game or character. Each is a memory of a good time and good times to still be had.
When someone dies I feel it is better to celebrate their life than mourn our loss. So, in honor of Satoru Iwata I would like to make a Top Ten of my all time favorite Nintendo games. Many will be obvious and maybe a couple out of left field will pop up and a looooooooot have been left out (I could have easily made this a Top Twenty or Thirty list). All are among the best games I have ever played and have returned to countless times. To put it simply, each game is fun. Quoting Iwata-san “Video games are meant to be one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone.” And with that quote he sums up why I love Nintendo and look into the future with nothing but positive vibes for the house he helped build.
R.I.P. Satoru Iwata. Thank You!!!