Article: Heart of a Gamer: A Tribute to Satoru Iwata
""On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer."
Whether in front of a computer monitor or a boardroom of investors, Iwata's love of games were what came first. His "Ask Iwata" series combed through the histories of Nintendo games, old and new. His humor in the Nintendo Direct videos showed a side we hardly see from company presidents. His devotion to his company was never truer when, in financial trouble, he took a pay cut to make sure his employees were safe. When his colleagues were in need, he lent his time and skill to save their games.
Why would he do all these things?
"In my heart, I am a gamer.""
– Gerry Wheatley, Director
For the namesake speech of this album, "Heart of a Gamer," visit:
Director: Gerry Wheatley (The Damned)
Assistant Director: Themysteriousassassin
Artwork: Davy Owen (Odai)
Mastering: Truong-Son Nguyen (timaeus222)
Executive Producers: David W. Lloyd (djpretzel) & Larry Oji (Liontamer)
Heart of a Gamer features six tracks from eight artists arranging themes from eight soundtracks of games developed/contributed to by the late Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata (1959-2015). It was made by fans, for fans, and is not affiliated with or endorsed by any game publisher or developer; all original compositions, characters, and logos are copyright their respective owners.
This album was produced to help promote video game music, the Nintendo and HAL Laboratory sound teams' amazing compositions, and the talented musical and visual artists that contributed to this project.
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1. Sbeast - "Choose Your Character!"
Sources: Super Smash Bros. Melee - "Menu," Super Smash Bros. Brawl - "Super Smash Bros. Brawl Main Theme"
Original Composers: Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando (Super Smash Bros. Melee), Nobuo Uematsu (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Special Thanks (Nintendo Land), Executive Producer (Balloon Fight): Satoru Iwata
2. Chernabogue feat. Kroasta, Tuberz McGee - "Cuban Vacation"
Sources: Kirby's Adventure - "Boss," "Level Map Select of LEVEL 4" (Grape Garden), "Level Map Select of LEVEL 1" (Vegetable Valley), "Victory Dance"
Original Composers: Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa
Producer (Game): Satoru Iwata
3. timaeus222 - "Sky-High Rollers"
Sources: Rollerball - "Title," "Multiball"
Original Composers: Hideki Kanazashi, Hiroaki Suga
Producer (Game): Satoru Iwata
4. Brandon Strader - "On the Wind"
Sources: Nintendo Land - "Balloon Trip Breeze (Evening)," Balloon Fight - "Balloon Trip"
Original Composers: Ryo Nagamatsu (Nintendo Land), Hirokazu Tanaka (Balloon Fight)
Executive Producer (Nintendo Land), Programmer (Balloon Fight): Satoru Iwata
5. k-wix - "The Fading Children"
Sources: EarthBound - "Sea of Eden," "Smiles and Tears"
Original Composers: Hirokazu Tanaka, Keiichi Suzuki
Program Director, Programmer, Co-Producer: Satoru Iwata
6. Pokérus - "New Horizons"
Sources: Pokémon Gold Version - "Route #26"
Original Composer: Go Ichinose
Special Thanks: Satoru Iwata
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