|Full name||Satoru Iwata|
|Born||December 6, 1959|
|Died||July 11, 2015|
|Mario-related role(s)||Global President, Chief Executive Officer (Nintendo of America) (2002-2015)|
- “On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
- —Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata (December 6, 1959 - July 11, 2015) (岩田聡) is the fourth president of Nintendo, and the first Nintendo president not related to the previous presidents by blood or marriage. He has done a lot of work with the GameCube and is responsible for its success. He was also the executive producer of many games and a previous employee of HAL Laboratory. In April 2013, he replaced Tatsumi Kimishima as CEO of Nintendo of America.
He makes cameos in a number of Nintendo games, but the most notable appearances were in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, where he appeared on Wario's TV, and in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where he (under the name Shop Manager Iwata) was the owner of a video game store and sold 18-Volt a Game & Watch for 9-Volt.
Satoru Iwata died on July 11, 2015 due to health complications with bile duct cancer. He left a legacy behind that has a long-lasting impact on the history of Nintendo.
Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto together, holding their Wii Remotes.
Satoru Iwata (left) along with Shigeru Miyamoto (right) running away from Bowser in the promotional trailer of the Nintendo 3DS at E3 2010.
Satoru Iwata holding the prototype of the Wii U GamePad.