4 times Satoru Iwata was a programming badass

4 times Satoru Iwata was a programming badass Satoru Iwata, who died this week at the age of 55, was the only Nintendo president who had a background in game design and development.

He started his career at HAL Laboratory, working on games like Balloon Fight and Kirby. Eventually he would become president of HAL, then head of corporate planning at Nintendo, and finally CEO of Nintendo.

But climbing the ranks didn’t stop him from programming. And even when he was the boss of HAL or an executive at Nintendo, he would still pitch in to help out – often leaving the day-to-day programmers stunned by his skills.

Here are four stories that reveal Satoru Iwata to have been some kind of coding super genius.

He re-wrote Earthbound’s programming code

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