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For as long as I’ve known, Nintendo and its many fun games have been a huge part of my life. From receiving my very first system when I was a little kid for Christmas (the SNES – had to share it with my big brother) to the endless tournaments and Smash Brothers battles with my friends after college, Nintendo had shaped my childhood and has given me the best friends I could ever ask for.

To say that I was sad to hear that Satoru Iwata had passed away this weekend is an understatement. I’ll admit, though – I don’t know a lot about the behind-the-scenes of Nintendo; I just play the games. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not appreciative of all the hard work, creativity, and ingenuity that Nintendo and its many wonderful people possess. I learned, though, that many of the games I grew up with were thanks, in one way or another, to Iwata-san. Hearing that the person who had his hands in many different games I love had died shook me, my husband, and my many gaming friends.

Last night, I started thinking about all the games that Iwata-san touched and the memories I have because of those games. Here are some of my favorite games/memories:

Not sure who the artist is, but this is an amazing work of art. Totally teared up seeing this!

Not sure who the artist is, but this is an amazing work of art. Totally teared up seeing this!

EarthBound (SNES) – I remember seeing this nifty game in Best Buy a loooong time ago – back when it was in a huge box, came with a player’s guide, and was only $5. It looked so neat that my mom decided to buy one copy for me and one for my two cousins to play. I mean, c’mon, you could walk around all these different towns on this big quest with your friends (whom you could name!!), eat take-out pizza, and fight quirky baddies. What’s not to love? I fell hard in love with that game, even as a kid, and it’s still one of my top favorites, hands down. From Onett to Magicant and everything in between, there isn’t anything about this game that I don’t love. In fact, I wind up pulling out the ol’ SNES copy and playing it once a year or so.

Kirby (several platforms) – I know Iwata-san didn’t create Kirby, but he sure was a backer of him and helped create several games featuring the adorable pink puffball, including Kirby’s Dreamland. My personal favorite was and probably still is Kirby Super Star. I just had so much fun jumping around, flying, turning into other cute little characters after you would eat different baddies, and kicking King Dedede’s big ol’ booty! Kirby is simply adorable, and I’m so glad that these games were made!

Again, I don't know who the artist is, but I love this work of art!Pokémon (Game Boy and DS/3DS, etc.) – Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a Pokéfanatic, and I have been for many years. Heck, I used to get totally made fun of for it back in junior high when it first came out (okay, and high school, too). I will say – and this makes me kind of a pathetic Pokéfanatic – I don’t know all the “new” Pokémon, but I still know quite a few and have many favorites (Jolteon, Arcanine, Raichu, and Houndoom top the list for me!). In fact, my husband and I like Pokémon so much that we wound up buying Heart Gold and Soul Silver for each other as wedding presents (he got Heart Gold, by the way :P).

Mario Kart Double Dash (GC) – You want to hear something lame? DO YOU?! HUH!?!? Well, here it is! There was at least a summer if not an entire year that I would play through Double Dash at least once a day back when I was in college. I’d sit down on my bed, turn on my GameCube, throw on some Genesis, and race, race, race! Needless to say, I totally p’wned everyone that dared to challenge me at the game. >=) Who is my go-to duo, you ask? Baby Mario/Luigi and Paratroopa. 😉

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GC) – I am a HUGE Zelda fan, but I think my favorite one has to be Twilight Princess. It was an absolutely excellent game with lots of great challenges, boss fights, character development, and so much more. I mean, I loved the game so much that I named my adorable little beagle Midna, after all! 🙂 Weirdly enough, back in college when I was first playing this game, I started becoming more and more curious about wolves because of Wolf Link. That was the start of my current wolf obsession (which has taken on a life of its own as I volunteer and sometimes write about the Endangered Wolf Center!).

I'm currently obsessed with this game, and this drawing makes me feel all the feels. If you know who created this, please let me know, and I'd be happy to give credit where credit is due.

I’m currently obsessed with this game, and this drawing makes me feel all the feels.

Super Smash Brothers franchise – Oh, my gosh. So many great memories. SO MANY. From beating everyone up with the hammer to Bowser-ciding (or Kirby-ciding) people and constantly shocking opponents with Pikachu’s electrical shocks, this game has been a source of great laughter for my friends and me. One time, my friends and I frustrated our typically jovial and benign friend Aaron so much at Smash that he took off his shoe and chucked it across the room on campus, which subsequently (and accidentally) hit the plug and shut the game off. Needless to say, he was absolutely horrified, and we were stunned (at first) and then started laughing ourselves silly. We still will never let him live it down. >=)

There are so many other games that I love – these are just the ones I could think of off the bat. I’m not too sure what’s in store for the future of Nintendo, but I’m sure things will be okay, and I’m definitely grateful to have so many fantastic games be made and released. From everything I’ve read, it sounded like Iwata-san was dedicated to making games that would bring joy to people’s lives, and I really think that he has succeeded. If you’re still stunned by the news and aren’t sure what to do, try not to be too sad. I really doubt he would want to see us gamers like that. Instead, pick up a few of your favorite games, old or new, and pop them in the system for old time’s sakes. Play a game that totally delights you and makes you happy, no matter how crappy your day might be. Heck, have a friendly little tournament and invite your closest buddies over to play! I don’t personally know, but I like to think that Iwata-san would want it this way.

This happened this morning - a rainbow over Nintendo's headquarters in Kyoto. It's like Iwata-san has his very own Rainbow Road taking him up to Heaven! I bet he has plenty of red shells and bananas with him. :)

This happened this morning – a rainbow over Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto. It’s like Iwata-san has his very own Rainbow Road taking him up to Heaven! I bet he has plenty of red shells and bananas with him. 🙂

So once again, thank you so much, Iwata-san, for all of your hard work and dedication. These games have given me some fantastic moments in my life – they’ve helped me escape from some of my problems, even if for a few minutes, and they’ve helped me find the most wonderful friends that any girl could ask for. I hope that your spirit is at rest and that you are enjoying Heaven.

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