Although I’ve been playing Nintendo games since I was a child, along with several siblings, not every member of my family was interested in games. It wasn’t until the release of the Wii that my entire family suddenly became a family of gamers. Many cold winter evenings were spent playing bowling in Wii Sports. At times, we treated it seriously, complete with bragging rights for the winner. Other nights we held challenges with the various exercise games in Wii Fit. Years later, the Wii is a treasured possession at my parent’s house, now becoming the source of hours of entertainment for the youngest members of my growing extended family.
All of this is thanks to Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo who sadly passed away over the weekend. His vision helped make the Wii one of the best consoles of all time and brought so many more people to gaming because of it. Clearly, he was a man who loved his job and wanted to bring joy to everyone.
I am forever thankful to him for the many wonderful memories my family created with a simple game console.