So Owate passes and you are thinking about JUST his SSB involvment? What other stuff has he done man?
A lot, dude. He helped with most of the EarthBound programming from scratch. Plus, during the development of Pokemon Gold and Silver, GameFreak was only able to fit Johto on the game card, and it was Iwata who came along and compressed the file enough to fit Kanto with room to spare.
Wow, this is really kind of sudden. I feel pretty bad. Not only for Iwata, but for the future of Nintendo. Iwata had all-experience level gamers in mind, and I'm not sure anybody can be quite the same. Also, who's going to do Nintendo Directs?
Worked on bringing Kirby to life and eventually the first Smash Bros. game at Hal Labs.
Brought Kanto into Pokémon Gold and Silver.
Invented the incredibly successful Wii and DS which were built with casuals and gamers in mind.
Made the Nintendo Direct, which was relatable to fans.
I wish to salute the man who made Nintendo what it is today. May the next man take inspiration from his predecessor. And let the next person who does Nintendo Directs does as awesome of a job as he did.