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Heart of a Gamer: A Tribute to Satoru Iwata


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Disc 1

01 Choose Your Character! (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl) 2:53
02 Cuban Vacation (Kirby's Adventure) 3:51
03 Sky-High Rollers (Rollerball) 3:58
04 On the Wind (Nintendo Land, Balloon Fight) 3:36
05 The Fading Children (EarthBound) 4:44
06 New Horizons (Pokémon Gold Version) 3:52
Disc length 22:54

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NES (Famicom), Nintendo Game Boy Color, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, SNES (Super Famicom)

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Heart of a Gamer: A Tribute to Satoru Iwata
Comments from album director Gerry Wheatley (The Damned), visual artist Davy Owen (Odai), and ReMixers
Album freely available at http://ocremix.org/info/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 (The Damned)

The artwork for this album required a fast turnaround from me, but I was immediately up for the task, as I considered it would be an honour to work on the tribute album. As a self professed die-hard Nintendo fanboy (I used to use my original Game Boy as a Walkman), I held Mr. Iwata in huge regard. He knew what Nintendo was and he knew who the company's fans were. It was reflected throughout his career from fledgling programmer to company president. His vision lives on and he will be sorely missed.

I wanted to draw something that immediately encapsulated Mr. Iwata as a gamer, and something that celebrated his life and achievements rather than mourning his passing. He seemed to be a perpetually happy man and that's how I expect he'd want to be remembered. So I drew him surrounded by some of the many characters connected to him. Playing video games. It just made sense. I had to work late hours and weekends to get it done in time, but there there was no way I was passing up on this. True, I had some difficulty, the lighting was extremely tricky as well as the balance between the pseudo-reality and cartoony appearance of the different characters, but I think I did OK. I hope I have done him justice in capturing his essence.

For me as an artist, video games are a huge influence in my work and drawing style. As such, I hope that this trifling image is in some small way a fitting thank you to Mr. Iwata for his massive involvement in what grew from a hobby into a career for me.

Thank you, Satoru.

- Davy Owen (Odai)

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1. Sbeast - "Choose Your Character!"
Source: Super Smash Bros. Melee - "Menu," Super Smash Bros. Brawl - "Super Smash Bros. Brawl Main Theme"
Composers: Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando (Super Smash Bros. Melee), Nobuo Uematsu (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Special Thanks (Super Smash Bros. Melee), Executive Producer (Super Smash Bros. Brawl): 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"
Composers: Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa
Producer: Satoru Iwata

3. timaeus222 - "Sky-High Rollers"
Sources: Rollerball - "Title," "Multiball"
Composers: Hideki Kanazashi, Hiroaki Suga
Producer: Satoru Iwata

4. Brandon Strader - "On the Wind"
Sources: Nintendo Land - "Balloon Trip Breeze (Evening)," Balloon Fight - "Balloon Trip"
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"
Composers: Hirokazu Tanaka, Keiichi Suzuki
Program Director, Programmer, Co-Producer: Satoru Iwata

6. Pokérus - "New Horizons"
Source: Pokémon Gold Version - "Route #26"
Composer: Go Ichinose
Special Thanks: Satoru Iwata