Re: 8 Things To Know About Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto
I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Iwata's passing this week. As someone who's watched Nintendo's presentations at E3 and elsewhere every year religiously since high school, he and Mr. Miyamoto have been the faces of some very special memories for me for as long as I can remember - before live video and Youtube were a thing, I remember reading text interviews with both of them on all kinds of topics in Nintendo Power. It's certainly a more emotional passing of the torch than something like Bill Gates stepping down at Microsoft. While Mr. Miyamoto is no doubt the most recognizable name from Nintendo to most people, it's worth noting that he's already 62, older than Mr. Iwata. He already went into a sort of 'soft retirement' a few years ago, where he stepped down from overseeing major titles directly. It's possible Nintendo may look to a younger president.
Many of the items on this list are common knowledge, even to non-gamers, and the stories about Nintendo's rocky past and what a surprise hit Donkey Kong was are mainstays to anyone who's dipped a toe in the industry, but it certainly stacks up to quite an impressive list. I'd never heard the Stan Lee comparison before, but it makes sense - he's known more for his huge stable of timeless characters than for his hardware or business prowess. In retrospect, it does seem like an odd decision to take the generic protagonist of Donkey Kong (originally just known as 'Jumpman') and convert him to a plumber in a fantasy setting. Yet, it launched one of the most succesful franchises in any medium. Iwata, too, was famous for innumerable innovations in gaming's early days. I guess there's no substitute for pure drive and creativity.