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Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata (JP) (December 6, 1959 - July 11, 2015) was the 4th president and CEO of Nintendo from 2002 until his death in 2015. Prior to this he worked at HAL Laboratory as a programmer, and he served as president of that company between 1993 and 1999.

Biography

While studying computer science at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Iwata was one of several unpaid interns at Commodore Japan, assisting the subsidiary's general manager with technical and software development tasks. Upon graduation, he joined HAL in 1982 as a programmer and helped create major games such as Balloon Fight, Kirby's Dream Land, and EarthBound. In 1993, Iwata was promoted as the president of HAL Laboratory, at the request of Hiroshi Yamauchi, then president of Nintendo.

In June 2000, he left HAL and joined Nintendo as the General Manager of the Corporate Planning Division. In this position, he helped Nintendo grow economically and as a result Hiroshi Yamauchi elected him as his successor in May 2002, becoming the 4th president of Nintendo and the first president of the company not related to the Yamauchi family.

During his tenure as presient he saw the release of the Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U systems, and he was also a significant part of Nintendo's transition into the "blue ocean" strategy, where the company would push the release of more casual and family-friendly titles (like the Touch Generations series) unlike what most rival companies did. Iwata also hosted a set of interviews with employees and game developers called Iwata Asks, and he also hosted most of the Nintendo Direct presentations.

On April 24, 2013, Iwata announced at the year end shareholders meeting that he was taking the role of CEO of Nintendo of America, alongside his duties and Global President. Former NOA CEO Tatsumi Kimishima was given the roll of Managing Director of NCL.

In June 2014, it was discovered that a tumor was growing within his bile duct and, from which, he had to undergo surgery. Although he recovered from the illness, he relapsed the following year and passed away due to complications on July 11, 2015.

Upon his passing, Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda assumed temporarily the roles of Representative Directors of the company until Tatsumi Kimishima was elected as Iwata's successor on September 16, 2015.

Games

Pre-Nintendo presidency

This list contains games Iwata was involved with before becoming president of Nintendo.

Video game System Role Other info
Star Battle (1981) Commodore Vic-20 Creator[1] Based on Galaxian, which Commodore had the license to, but only for Japan. It was taken off the market because of this, so it's a little tough to find.
Super Billiards (1983) MSX Creator Satoru Iwata's role is unclear in this game. In the credits it simply says "by Satoru Iwata" and the two other men who were involved.
Joust NES Programmer Satoru Iwata's first game on the NES, although it wouldn't be released due to "various circumstances".
Pinball (1984) NES Programmer First game Satoru Iwata worked on that was published by Nintendo.
Golf (1984) NES Programmer
F-1 Race (1984) NES Programmer
Balloon Fight (1985) NES Programmer
Mach Rider (1985) NES Programmer
Othello (1986) NES Producer Referred to as "S. Iwata". First credit as a producer
Gall Force: Eternal Story (1986) Famicom Disk System Executive Producer, Assistant Programmer, Technical Consultant, Ending Animator First credit as an Executive Producer
Eggerland (1987) Famicom Disk System Producer
Famicom Golf: Japan Course (1987) Famicom Disk System Programmer
Famicom Golf: U.S. Course (1987) Famicom Disk System Programmer
Air Fortress (1987) NES Producer, Technical Advisor
Famicom Grand Prix: F1 Race (1987) Famicom Disk System Programmer
Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally (1988) Famicom Disk System Programmer Credited as Wahyo Iwata
Eggerland: Meikyuu no Fukkatsu (1988) NES Producer, Tool Creator Referred to as "S. Iwata". The game was released as Adventures of Lolo in the west.
Rollerball (1988) NES Producer, Tools
Shangai (1989) Game Boy Producer, Programmer
Uchuu Keibitai SDF (1990) NES Technical Supervisor
New Ghostbusters II (1990) NES Technical Supervisor
HAL's Hole in One Golf (1991) SNES Programmer
NES Open Tournament Golf (1991) NES Chief Programmer
Arcana (1992) SNES Technical Advisor
NCAA Basketball (1992) SNES Additional Programming This title was developed in America.
Kirby's Adventure (1993) NES Producer Contributed some programming also
Vegas Stakes (1993) SNES Executive Producer Vegas Stakes came out after Iwata became president of HAL, explaining why he was credited as Executive Producer.
Kirby's Pinball Land (1993) Game Boy Producer
Alcahest (1993) SNES Executive Producer Game published by Square.
Adventures of Lolo (1994) Game Boy Executive Producer
Earthbound (1994) SNES Program Director, Programmer, Coproducer Reworked the program of the game after the development team faced difficulties
Kirby's Dream Course (1994) SNES Producer
Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995) Game Boy Producer
Vegas Stakes (1995) Game Boy Executive Producer
Kirby Super Star (1996) SNES Producer
Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 (1997) SNES Producer
Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997) SNES Chief Producer
Kirby's Star Stacker (1998) SNES Chief Producer
Pocket Monsters Stadium (1998) Nintendo 64 Producer Also helped reprogramming the battle code in a week[2]
Pokémon Red and Blue (1998) Game Boy Special Thanks Credited in the international version of the games
Hey You, Pikachu! (1998) Nintendo 64 Special Thanks
Super Smash Bros. (1999) Nintendo 64 Producer Extended credits as "Negotiation Chief; Computer Player, Test Version Programming; Program Support". Helped Masahiro Sakurai programming the prototype of the game
Pokémon Snap (1999) Nintendo 64 Producer
Pokémon Pinball (1999) Game Boy Color Producer
Pokémon Stadium (1999) Nintendo 64 Producer
Pokémon Gold and Silver (1999) Game Boy Special Thanks Created the compression tools that allowed Game Freak to fit the Kanto region in the game
Custom Robo (1999) Nintendo 64 Special Thanks
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000) Nintendo 64 Supervisor
Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 Ketteihan (2000) Nintendo 64 Producer
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (2000) Game Boy Color Special Thanks
Pokémon Puzzle League (2000) Nintendo 64 Special Thanks
Pokémon Crystal (2000) Game Boy Color Producer First title as a Nintendo employee
Pokémon Stadium 2 (2000) Nintendo 64 Producer
Chee-Chai Alien (2000) Game Boy Color Nintendo Support staff for Creatures
Wave Race: Blue Storm (2001) GameCube Special Thanks Credited in the international release
Pokémon Party mini (2001) Pokémon Mini Producer
Pokémon Zany Cards (2001) Pokémon Mini Producer
Pokémon Pinball mini (2001) Pokémon Mini Producer
Pokémon Puzzle Collection (2001) Pokémon Mini Producer
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) GameCube Special thanks Extended credits as "Marketing Supervision". Also helped with programming the game so it could be released on schedule
Pokémon Shock Tetris (2002) Pokémon Mini Producer
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (2002) GameCube Producer Credited as Executive Producer in the Japanese and PAL releases
Sakura Momoko no Ukiuki Carnival (2002) Game Boy Advance Supervisor
Pokémon Race mini (2002) Pokémon Mini Producer
Custom Robo GX (2002) Game Boy Advance Special Thanks

Executive Producer credits

This list contains games crediting Iwata as an executive producer while he was president of Nintendo.

Video game System Other info
Super Mario Sunshine (2002) GameCube This is the first worldwide release where Satoru Iwata is Executive Producer and the president of Nintendo.
Pichu Bros. mini (2002) Pokémon mini
Balloon Fight-e (2002) e-Reader
Animal Crossing (2002) GameCube Credited in the international release
Machop at Work (2002) e-Reader
Kingler's Day (2002) e-Reader
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (2002) Game Boy Advance
Doshin the Giant (2002) GameCube Credited in the international release
Star Fox Adventures (2002) GameCube Credited alongside Hiroshi Yamauchi
Togepi no Dai Bouken (2002) Pokémon Mini
Mario Party 4 (2002) GameCube Credited in the international release
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2002) Game Boy Advance
Game & Watch Gallery 4 (2002) Game Boy Advance Credited in the American release
Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! (2002) Game Boy Color Credited in the international release
Ice Climber-e (2002) e-Reader
Metroid Fusion (2002) Game Boy Advance
Metroid Prime (2002) GameCube
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (2002) Game Boy Advance
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords (2002) Game Boy Advance
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002) GameCube
Nintendo Puzzle Collection (2003) GameCube
Mario Party-e (2003) e-Reader
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003) Game Boy Advance
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (2003) Game Boy Advance Credited in the international release
Fire Emblem (2003) Game Boy Advance
GiFTPiA (2003) GameCube
Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue (2003) Game Boy Advance
Pokémon Box: Ruby & Sapphire (2003) GameCube
Donkey Kong Country (2003) Game Boy Advance
Wario World (2003) GameCube
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (2003) Game Boy Advance
Animal Crossing e+ (2003) GameCube
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (2003) Game Boy Advance
Kirby Air Ride (2003) GameCube
Pokémon Channel (2003) GameCube
F-Zero GX (2003) GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003) GameCube
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (2003) Game Boy Advance
Densetsu no Starfy 2 (2003) Game Boy Advance
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! (2003) GameCube
Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ (2003) GameCube
Mario Party 5 (2003) GameCube
The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition (2003) GameCube
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003) Game Boy Advance
Pokémon Colosseum (2003) GameCube
F-Zero: GP Legend (2003) Game Boy Advance
1080° Avalanche (2003) GameCube
Donkey Konga (2003) GameCube
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (2004) Game Boy Advance
Metroid: Zero Mission (2004) Game Boy Advance
Custom Robo: Battle Revolution (2004) GameCube
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (2004) GameCube
Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (2004) Game Boy Advance
Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004) Game Boy Advance
Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004) Game Boy Advance
Pikmin 2 (2004) GameCube
Donkey Kong Country 2 (2004) Game Boy Advance
Donkey Konga 2 (2004) GameCube
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games (2004) Game Boy Advance
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004) GameCube
Densetsu no Starfy 3 (2004) Game Boy Advance
Mario Pinball Land (2004) Game Boy Advance
Pokémon Emerald (2004) Game Boy Advance
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (2004) Game Boy Advance
WarioWare Twisted! (2004) Game Boy Advance
F-Zero Climax (2004) Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis (2004) GameCube
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004) Game Boy Advance
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004) GameCube
Mario Party 6 (2004) GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS (2004) Nintendo DS
WarioWare Touched! (2004) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Dash (2004) Nintendo DS
Daigasso! Band Brothers (2004) Nintendo DS
Polarium (2004) Nintendo DS
Ridge Racer DS (2004) Nintendo DS
Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (2004) Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (2004) GameCube
Mario Party Advance (2005) Game Boy Advance
Yoshi Touch & Go (2005) Nintendo DS
DK: King of Swing (2005) Game Boy Advance
Star Fox Assault (2005) GameCube
Play-Yan (2005) Game Boy Advance
Trace Memory (2005) Nintendo DS
Sennen Kazoku (2005) Game Boy Advance
Donkey Konga 3 (2005) GameCube
Kirby Canvas Curse (2005) Nintendo DS
Yakuman DS (2005) Nintendo DS
Electroplankton (2005) Nintendo DS
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005) GameCube
Nintendogs (2005) Nintendo DS
The Tower SP (2005) Game Boy Advance
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (2005) Nintendo DS
Nonono Puzzle Chalien (2005) Game Boy Advance
Rakubiki Jiten DS (2005) Nintendo DS
Chibi-Robo!: Plug Into Adventure! (2005) GameCube
Advance Wars: Dual Strike (2005) Nintendo DS
Big Brain Academy (2005) Nintendo DS
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (2005) GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball (2005) GameCube
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (2005) Nintendo DS
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (2005) GameCube
Jump Super Stars (2005) Nintendo DS Credited alongside Shinji Hatano
Geist (2005) GameCube
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League (2005) Game Boy Advance
Mario Tennis: Power Tour (2005) Game Boy Advance
Battalion Wars (2005) GameCube
Drill Dozer (2005) Game Boy Advance
Polarium Advance (2005) Game Boy Advance
Super Princess Peach (2005) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Trozei! (2005) Nintendo DS
Metroid Prime Pinball (2005) Nintendo DS
Donkey Kong Country 3 (2005) Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 7 (2005) GameCube
True Swing Golf (2005) Nintendo DS
Mario Kart DS (2005) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team (2005) Nintendo DS/Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Strikers (2005) GameCube
Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005) Nintendo DS
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005) Nintendo DS
Tottoko Hamtaro Nazonazo Q: Kumonoue no? Shiro (2005) Nintendo DS
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day (2005) Nintendo DS
English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills (2006) Nintendo DS
Baten Kaitos Origins (2006) GameCube
Magnetica (2006) Nintendo DS
Tetris DS (2006) Nintendo DS
Metroid Prime Hunters (2006) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Ranger (2006) Nintendo DS
Odama (2006) GameCube
Densetsu no Starfy 4 (2006) Nintendo DS
Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten DS (2006) Nintendo DS
Mother 3 (2006) Game Boy Advance Development shifted from multiple systems (Super Famicom, Nintendo 64, 64DD) before reaching the Game Boy Advance.
New Super Mario Bros. (2006) Nintendo DS
Magical Starsign (2006) Nintendo DS
bit Generations series (2006) Game Boy Advance
Shaberu! DS Cooking Navi (2006) Nintendo DS
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (2006) Nintendo DS
Rhythm Tengoku (2006) Game Boy Advance
Star Fox Command (2006) Nintendo DS
Chosoju Mecha MG (2006) Nintendo DS
Freshly-Picked Tingle Rosy Rupeeland (2006) Nintendo DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (2006) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (2006) Nintendo DS
Custom Robo Arena (2006) Nintendo DS
Otona no Joshiki Ryoku Training DS (2006) Nintendo DS
Kirby: Squeak Squad (2006) Nintendo DS
Elite Beat Agents (2006) Nintendo DS
Yoshi's Island DS (2006) Nintendo DS
Master of Illusion (2006) Nintendo DS
Wii Sports (2006) Wii
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) GameCube/Wii
Excite Truck (2006) Wii
Jump Ultimate Stars (2006) Nintendo DS Credited alongside Shinji Hatano
Wii Play (2006) Wii
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2006) Wii
Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000: DS Kondate Zenshuu (2006) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Battle Revolution (2006) Wii
Wario: Master of Disguise (2007) Nintendo DS
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (2007) Nintendo DS
Picross DS (2007) Nintendo DS
Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007) Nintendo DS
Jet Impulse (2007) Nintendo DS
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007) Wii
Practise English (2007) Nintendo DS
Kurikin: Nano Island Story (2007) Nintendo DS
Super Paper Mario (2007) Wii
Planet Puzzle League (2007) Nintendo DS
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (2007) Wii
Mario Strikers Charged (2007) Wii
Mario Party 8 (2007) Wii
Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (2007) Nintendo DS
Sujin Taisen (2007) Nintendo DS
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007) Nintendo DS
Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast (2007) Wii
Chibi-Robo!: Park Patrol (2007) Nintendo DS
Face Training (2007) Nintendo DS
Slide Adventure MAGKID (2007) Nintendo DS
Endless Ocean (2007) Wii
DK: Jungle Climber (2007) Nintendo DS
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007) Wii
Theta (2007) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness (2007) Nintendo DS
ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat (2007) Nintendo DS Credited alongside Shinji Hatano
Make 10: A Journey of Numbers (2007) Nintendo DS
DS Bungaku Zenshu (2007) Nintendo DS
Battalion Wars 2 (2007) Wii
Super Mario Galaxy (2007) Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007) Wii/Nintendo DS
Mario Party DS (2007) Nintendo DS
Link's Crossbow Training (2007) Wii
Wii Fit (2007) Wii
Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero (2007) Nintendo DS
Wii Chess (2008) Wii
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (2008) Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) Wii
Soma Bringer (2008) Nintendo DS
Minna no Joushiki Ryoku TV (2008) Wii
DS Bimoji Training (2008) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (2008) Nintendo DS
Dr. Mario Online Rx (2008) WiiWare
My Pokémon Ranch (2008) WiiWare
Mario Kart Wii (2008) Wii
Fossil Fighters (2008) Nintendo DS
Magnetica Twist (2008) WiiWare
Crosswords DS (2008) Nintendo DS
Glory of Heracles (2008) Nintendo DS
Mario Super Sluggers (2008) Wii
Personal Trainer: Cooking (2008) Nintendo DS
Jam with the Band (2008) Nintendo DS
The Legendary Starfy (2008) Nintendo DS
Wario Land: Shake It! (2008) Wii
Rhythm Heaven (2008) Nintendo DS
Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen (2008) Wii
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (2008) Nintendo DS
Captain Rainbow (2008) Wii
Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir (2008) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Platinum (2008) Nintendo DS
Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008) Nintendo DS
Disaster: Day of Crisis (2008) Wii
Art Style series (2008) WiiWare/DSiWare
Wii Music (2008) Wii
Style Savvy (2008) Nintendo DS
Personal Trainer: Walking (2008) Nintendo DS
Animal Crossing: City Folk (2008) Wii
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2008) Wii
WarioWare: Snapped! (2008) DSiWare
Bird and Beans (2008) DSiWare
Paper Airplane Chase (2008) DSiWare
Flipnote Studio (2008) DSiWare
Dr. Mario Express (2008) DSiWare
Brain Age Express: Math/Arts & Letters/Sudoku (2008) DSiWare
New Play Control! Pikmin (2008) Wii
100 Classic Books (2008) Nintendo DS
DS Uranai Seikatsu (2009) Nintendo DS
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis (2009) Wii
Another Code: R - A Journey Into Lost Memories (2009) Wii
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009) Nintendo DS
New Play Control! Metroid Prime (2009) Wii
Picross 3D (2009) Nintendo DS
New Play Control! Pikmin 2 (2009) Wii
Bonsai Barber (2009) WiiWare Credited as "Estate Manager"
Excitebots: Trick Racing (2009) Wii
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (2009) Nintendo DS
WarioWare: D.I.Y. (2009) Nintendo DS
Punch-Out!! (2009) Wii
Takt of Magic (2009) Wii
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (2009) DSiWare
New Play Control! Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2009) Wii
New Play Control! Chibi-Robo! (2009) Wii
Pokémon Rumble (2009) WiiWare
Tomodachi Collection (2009) Nintendo DS
Wii Sports Resort (2009) Wii
Okaeri! Chibi Robo! Happy Richie Dai Souji (2009) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (2009) WiiWare
Irozuki Tingle no Koi no Balloon Trip (2009) Nintendo DS
Rock N' Roll Climber (2009) WiiWare
Metroid Prime Trilogy (2009) Wii
Metal Torrent (2009) DSiWare
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (2009) Nintendo DS
Art Academy (2009) DSiWare
Picturebook Games: The Royal Bluff (2009) DSiWare
Endless Ocean: Blue World (2009) Wii
Wii Fit Plus (2009) Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009) Wii/Nintendo DS
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (2009) Wii
Excitebike: World Rally (2009) WiiWare
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) Wii
Eco Shooter: Plant 530 (2009) WiiWare
Trajectile (2009) DSiWare
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (2009) Wii
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009) Nintendo DS
A Kappa's Trail (2009) DSiWare
Photo Dojo (2009) DSiWare
Starship Defense (2009) DSiWare
Last Window: The Secret of Cape West (2010) Nintendo DS
Zangeki no Reginleiv (2010) Wii
Aura-Aura Climber (2010) DSiWare
Looksley's Line Up (2010) DSiWare
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (2010) Nintendo DS
Ando Kensaku (2010) Wii
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) Wii
X-Scape (2010) DSiWare
Xenoblade Chronicles (2010) Wii
Art Academy (2010) Nintendo DS
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem (2010) Nintendo DS
Line Attack Heroes (2010) WiiWare
Metroid: Other M (2010) Wii
Pokémon Black and White (2010) Nintendo DS
Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010) Wii
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (2010) Nintendo DS
Flingsmash (2010) Wii
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010) Nintendo DS
Fossil Fighters: Champions (2010) Nintendo DS
Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010) Wii
Snowpack Park (2010) WiiWare
Mario Sports Mix (2010) Wii
Fluidity (2010) WiiWare
The Last Story (2011) Wii
Nintendogs + Cats (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Pilotwings Resort (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Steel Diver (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure (2011) Nintendo DS
Pandora's Tower (2011) Wii
Pokédex 3D (2011) Nintendo 3DS
3D Classics series (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Wii Play: Motion (2011) Wii
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident (2011) Wii
Star Fox 64 3D (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Rhythm Heaven Fever (2011) Wii
Kirby Mass Attack (2011) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Rumble Blast (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Pushmo (2011) Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition (2011) DSiWare
Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011) Wii
Super Mario 3D Land (2011) Nintendo 3DS
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (2011) Wii
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011) Wii/Nintendo 3DS
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (2011) Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011) Wii
Mario Kart 7 (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Swapnote (2011) Nintendo 3DS
Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Kiki Trick (2012) Wii
Dillon's Rolling Western (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party 9 (2012) Wii Credited alongside Shinji Hatano
Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem Awakening (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Mario Tennis Open (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon: Black and White 2 (2012) Nintendo DS
Pokémon Dream Radar (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (2012) Wii
Culdcept (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Pokédex 3D Pro (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Kirby's Dream Collection (2012) Wii
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Brain Age: Concentration Training (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Tokyo Crash Mobs (2012) Nintendo 3DS
HarmoKnight (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Style Savvy: Trendsetters (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Crosswords Plus (2012) Nintendo 3DS Credited alongside Shinya Takahashi
Crashmo (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012) Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U (2012) Wii U
Nintendo Land (2012) Wii U
SiNG Party (2012) Wii U
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (2012) Nintendo 3DS
Lego City Undercover (2013) Wii U
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Game & Wario (2013) Wii U
Nintendoji (2013) DSiWare
Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Tomodachi Life (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Rumble U (2013) Wii U
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Mii Force (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Flower Town (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Warrior's Way (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Monster Manor (2013) Nintendo 3DS
New Super Luigi U (2013) Wii U
Chibi-Robo!: Photo Finder (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Pikmin 3 (2013) Wii U
The Wonderful 101 (2013) Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (2013) Wii U
Pokémon X and Y (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Rayman Legends (2013) Wii U Credited in the Japanese localization
Wii Party U (2013) Wii U Credited alongside Shinji Hatano
Wii Fit U (2013) Wii U
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (2013) Wii U
Daigasso! Band Brothers P (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario 3D World (2013) Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party: Island Tour (2013) Nintendo 3DS Credited alongside Shinji Hatano
Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre (2013) Nintendo 3DS
Dr. Luigi (2013) Wii U
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Trine 2: Director's Cut (2014) Wii U Credited in the Japanese localization
Steel Diver: Sub Wars (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014) Wii U
Fossil Fighters: Frontier (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Battle Trozei (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Yoshi's New Island (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Mario Golf: World Tour (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 (2014) Wii U
The Band of Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Art Academy (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Pushmo World (2014) Wii U
Kirby Fighters Deluxe (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (2014) Nintendo 3DS
Hyrule Warriors (2014) Wii U Credited in the international version
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (2014) Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Bayonetta 2 (2014) Wii U
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (2014) Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014) Wii U
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (2014) Nintendo 3DS
BOXBOY! (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2015) Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (2015) Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Mario Party 10 (2015) Wii U
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Ultimate Angler (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Battleground Z (2015) Nintendo 3DS
The Swapper (2015) Wii U Credited in the Japanese localization
Pokémon Rumble World (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (2015) Nintendo 3DS Credited in the international version
Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015) Wii U
Stretchmo (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Splatoon (2015) Wii U
Rhythm Heaven Megamix (2015) Nintendo 3DS Credited only in the Japanese version
Fire Emblem Fates (2015) Nintendo 3DS
Yoshi's Woolly World (2015) Wii U
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (2015) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Devil's Third (2015) Wii U Posthumous release
Real Dasshutsu Game x Nintendo 3DS (2015) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Super Mario Maker (2015) Wii U Posthumous release
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (2015) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Picross 3D: Round 2 (2015) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash (2015) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (2015) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Pokémon Picross (2015) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (2015) Wii U Posthumous release
Hyrule Warriors Legends (2016) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release. Credited in the international version
Great Detective Pikachu (2016) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Star Fox Zero (2016) Wii U Posthumous release. Credited alongside Tatsumi Kimishima
Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release
Metroid Prime: Federation Force (2016) Nintendo 3DS Posthumous release. Credited alongside Tatsumi Kimishima
Paper Mario: Color Splash (2016) Wii U Posthumous release. Credited alongside Tatsumi Kimishima
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) Wii U/Nintendo Switch Posthumous release. Credited alongside Tatsumi Kimishima
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) Nintendo Switch Posthumous release. Credited alongside Tatsumi Kimishima

Trivia

  • For Pokémon Stadium, Iwata analyzed the original Pokemon games and developed the battle code in about a week without reference documents.[3]
  • For Pokémon Gold & Silver, Iwata generated compression tools that enabled the team to put Kanto in the game.
  • For Super Smash Bros. Melee, while already being the General Manager of Corporate Planning at Nintendo, he spent the last couple weeks debugging the game so it would make it out to launch.
  • Iwata did the localization programming for Dragon Warrior[4]
  • A picture of Iwata was used among along with Olimar, some Pikmin and Villager on the demo of Stage Debut, an unreleased project.
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  • In the ending screen of Star Fox Zero, the following tribute to Iwata can be read: "This game is dedicated to our wingman who fell in battle."
  • In the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the place called Satori Mountain and the spirit named the Lord of the Mountain are assumed to be tributes to the late president.

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