Tag Archives: Satoru Iwata

Iwata Shows In Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon

Satoru Iwata was the much loved Nintendo President who sadly passed away in 2015. From his hilarious hosting duties of the many Nintendo Direct presentations through to his famous quote, “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.”

So it was very welcome to see that the latest Pokemon entry, Ultra Sun & Moon, features a cameo of Iwata san, of sorts. Joe Merrick, webmaster behind serebii.net posted the following pics on his Twitter account recently. Here’s the complete dialogue as spoken by game character, Morimoto:

“Boy, when we were told halfway through development to make Kanto, too… I thought I might just expire on the spot! But I’m glad we made it that way.

When we were having trouble fitting all the data in for Gold and Silver, and we were really in a pinch, this amazing guy came along and made a program for us that solved all our problems. He went on to become the amazing president of a real big company soon after that, too.”

Morimoto is also a reference to Shigeki Morimoto, a programmer and designer from GAME FREAK who has worked on just about every single Pokemon game released. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Satoru Iwata started off his professional life as a programmer at HAL Laboratory who brought many a Nintendo game to life such as Kirby, Earthbound, Super Smash Bros. Melee and loads more.

To get a real appreciation of the kind of man that Satoru Iwata was, here’s a retrospective look at his life:

Satoru Iwata Passes Away

It’s a very sad morning to wake up to and hear that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55. Nintendo have released a short statement which is below:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.


Many people will be familiar with Satoru through his Nintendo Direct presentations and his Iwata Asks sessions. Iawata joined Nintendo in 2000 and became the 4th President in 2002. He was also the first President to succeed the company who wasn’t related to the original founding family, the Yamauchi’s. Through his time in the top job, he saw many strengths such as the Wii and the DS and a few not so commercially strong, the Wii U and the Gamecube.

Rest In Peace, Satoru Iwata.

Animal Crossing 3DS Ships Large Numbers

The week just gone saw the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS in Japan and while official sale numbers haven’t been released as yet, there are some impressive numbers on how many pre-orders were shifted.

The pre-order originally started out with a 200,00 shipment which increased to a staggering 500,00 as retailers in Japan kept watching pre-orders keep rolling in. This is only the first shipment for the game so there’s obviously a huge interest for this title in Japan.

Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, recently mentioned that the Animal Crossing 3DS bundle was also selling like hotcakes and the pre-orders for the hardware bundle had caused the shifted units to increase as well.

Next Nintendo Direct Broadcast Tonight 29/08/12

Nintendo has announced that they will be hosting another one of the popular, “Nintendo Direct” broadcasts tonight at 8:00PM. That is 8:00PM Japanese time making it 9:00PM AEST.

One again the broadcast will be hosted by Global CEO, Satoru Iwata, and will focus on releases for both the Wii and the 3DS.

If you were hoping for news on the Wii U, unfortunately Iwata-san did say on his Twitter feed that the Wii U would not be featuring in tonight’s broadcast.


You can acces the Nintendo Direct page here to view the stream.

Nintendo Direct Broadcast Tomorrow 22/06

Nintendo have another of their popular Nintendo Direct broadcasts planned for tomorrow 22nd of June at 12 noon. That would be Japanese time making it 1:00PM AEST. Helming this broadcast as with the others will be the Nintendo Global President, Satoru Iwata.

As usual you can catch the broadcast on Nintendo’s homepage, this one will be centered around the Wii and 3DS.

Will it just be a rehash of the recent E3 broadcasts or will something new be shown?

Only way to tell, hope to see you there!

Nintendo Direct Pre E3 Wii U Update 2012

Nintendo head man, Satoru Iwata, recently held a pre-E3 Nintendo Direct conference in which he outlined some exciting new regarding the Wii U and plans that Nintendo have in store for the next gen console. So hold onto your hats because there’s a bucketload of information coming your way.

So the presentation started off With Satoru Iwata saying that was he was beaming live from the 7th floor in the Kyoto headquarters.
Satoru Iwata1Satoru Iwata2

He then showed what will hopefully be the final design for the Wii U controller, or as it’s known now, the Wii U Gamepad. The thumbsticks have been changed to now allow them to be pressed allowing for more control options for developers. Even the button orientation has been changed to make it easier to hold and make it more ergonomic.

One of the cool features that the gamepad has incorporated is an NFC reader which will allow the player to place game figures or cards which can then be scanned to allow them to appear in the game such as what was recently done with Skylanders.

Not content with being a highly innovative controller, it can also double as a TV remote, pretty cool.

All the other bells and whistles that we’ve already heard about before are still present such as the bluetooth capabilities and the gyro function allowing you to really immerse yourself in the game by moving the Gamepad around your environment. There is also the backwards compatibility with existing controllers such as the Wii Remote, Nunchuk and the Wii Balance Board. There will be a browser built into the Wii U Gamepad which also allows you to broadcast the browser screen to the television set in your room.
Wii U Demo 3
Wii U logoWii U Pro Controller

The Wii U Pro Controller, seen above, is for gamers who after a more traditional gaming experience as opposed to a touch screen or motion gameplay.

Here you can see the interface that’s being designed for the Wii U and and the new Mii Universe or Miiverse for short, this is the new network communication system that Nintendo has pulled out for the Wii U. The Miiverse will allow you to interact with other gamers using an on screen keyboard for a virtual chat, add facial expressions or exchange handwritten notes. An exciting sidenote is that at first, the Miiverse will only be accessible using the Wii U but there are plans to make it available on PC’s, mobile phones and the 3DS.

No specific games were mentioned but there was a shot of what could be an updated New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii U which you can check out below.

In case you missed the presentation, you can catch it below, it’s really quite good and Iwata san makes for an animated host, great to see.

And down below, you can see the whole image gallery, there’s some great pics in there.

[AFG_gallery id=’112′]

Nintendo Direct Will Be On Tonight: 21st April 2012

Just a quick heads up to the multitude that follow Nintendo in everything they do (much like myself), there will be another installment of Nintendo Direct hosted by Nintendo Europe CEO, Satoru Shibata at 9PM AEST, 21st of April.

That makes it 1PM CET or Central European Time so don’t worry, you still have plenty of time too arrange yourselves and start thinking (read: fantasising) about what new developments will unfold tonight. But here’s a pic to get the fanboy/girl creative juices flowing:

The message was sent via the 3DS’s Letter Box software from the Nintendo Europe CEO with a message that read, “Hello! I’m Satoru Shibata from Nintendo of Europe,” the message reads. “We’ll present a new Nintendo Direct! on 21st April 1pm CET. Please check [the European] Nintendo [website]. I hope that you’ll enjoy it!! even if my English is not good…”.

Could it be a Kirby development? Could very well be!

Don’t forget to tune in to Japandaman Dailies, we’ll be hosting the feed as it happens.