75-year-old Nintendo Game Boy Pioneer once surprised his colleagues with a rare marathon appearance

While Nintendo is known for its latest offerings these days like the Switch or big exclusives, there was a time when it was just a growing pioneer in the gaming industry. not a high-tech device for playing games, but a fun and portable product. However, it is still considered one of the best creations the company has ever introduced. it was the Game Boy.

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And whenever there’s a mention of Game Boy, one can’t forget the man behind it, Satoru Okada. He is still considered one of the main contributors to Nintendo’s success, especially in the 90s.

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When Nintendo Game Boy developer Satoru Okada ran a marathon!

Satoru Okada is the former general manager of Nintendo Research & Engineering. He was also involved in the division related to the design and development of portable consoles.

Mr. Okada first joined the development and publishing company in 1969. He then worked in the Research and Development section alongside Gunpei Yokoi. After Yokoi left Nintendo in 1996, Okada took on the responsibility of general manager. Under his leadership, the team created highly successful handheld consoles like the Game Boy Color, Advance, and SP.

All told, he’s still best known for his contribution to the launch of the first Game Boy in 1989. Because the history of its development is quite interesting.

Another interesting story is that he also ran a marathon. Yes, it is true and it happened in 1994. During that time, Mr. Okada was 47 years old.

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Going back to the original Game Boy, few fans may have known, but there were various hurdles to overcome before the main launch. According to 4Gamer, Mr. Satoru Okada and Gunpei Yokoi were working on the console. And initially they struggled to progress due to the problem regarding the LCD display.

Thanks to Okada’s interactive skills, Nintendo was able to receive the required display from the vendor who initially mentioned that the task was difficult to complete. Later, the same supplier supplied the LCD screens for the models in mass capacity.

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Such stories never fail to impress like this one from Nintendo’s History Guestbook.

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