ByCaitlin Perreault, writer at Creators.co
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One year ago today marks the passing of Satoru Iwata, one of Nintendo's greatest Video Game Programmers, who later became the CEO and fourth President of Nintendo.

Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1959, Satoru Iwata was incredibly respected in his field of work. Considered to be the embodiment of what Nintendo stood for, both in personality and skill, he became recognized as a genius in the gaming world.

The legacy that he left behind though perfectly expressed who he was: a fun-loving and quirky individual. A man who thought up a game as an April Fool's Day Joke, that later swept through the world and became recognized as the now popular Pokemon GO.

Tsunekazu Ishihara of the Pokemon Company was the co-founder of the game, and with help from Tatsuo Nomura from Google, they joined Niantic to make Pokemon GO a reality. Considered a huge success, Pokemon GO brought 2 decades of Pokemon gamers together under a common game.

So in a way you can look at Satoru Iwata as the man that kick-started the gaming equivalent of the "space race": Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality.

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