Video tribute shows why Satoru Iwata was Nintendo’s Steve Jobs


Satoru Iwata was Nintendo's not-so-secret weapon.
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Last weekend, the gaming world lost one of its biggest innovators. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was not only one of the most powerful names in gaming, but also among the best-loved.

In many ways, Iwata was Nintendo’s Steve Jobs. Brilliant and passionate, he took a beleaguered company with no clear idea of where it was going at the turn of the century, and helped transform it back into the powerhouse it had been 20 years earlier. Like Jobs, Iwata passed away as a result of cancer in his mid-fifties, after leading his company for just over a decade.

Check out the touching video below for a look back at Iwata’s legacy:

Nintendo Gives In, Brings Paid Pokédex App To The App Store


Will this be the first of many Nintendo titles to reach iOS?
Will this be the first of many Nintendo titles to reach iOS?

Nintendo, unlike many software developers, has chosen to ignore the goldmine that is Apple’s App Store by refusing to develop its titles for iOS. It’s almost guaranteed that the Japanese company would make an absolute killing if it just brought fan favorites like Super Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon to our iPhones and iPads. But president Satoru Iwata is adamant it will only develop titles for its own hardware.

There are signs, however, that Nintendo is cracking. It just released its first paid iOS app, a mobile version of the Nintendo 3DS’s Pokédex, to customers in Japan.