Dawn of a new age

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Satoru Iwata was only 42 when he took the reins at Nintendo in 2002. The company was in a rut. It had just launched the GameCube, which was fun to play -- but nowhere near as successful as its predecessor, the N64.

The pressure was on, and Iwata delivered right from the start.

First published July 13, 2015: 12:10 PM ET