Satoru Iwata was born on December 6, 1959 in Hokkaido, Japan. He graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science and joined HAL Laboratory in 1983, becoming president in 1993. After joining Nintendo Co., Ltd in 2000, he was appointed president in 2002. As a developer, Iwata helped produce iconic games such as Kirby's Dream Land, Super Smash Bros., and EarthBound; as the president of Nintendo, he produced innovative hardware such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii, which have played a key role in the global expansion of gaming. Iwata is credited with shifting Nintendo's focus from "games for gamers" to "games for everyone."