Did you know Iwata is the man?

At least, according to Next-Gen, he is. And who could blame them for placing Nintendo's main man at the top of their list of (industry) people of the year. These are the twenty-five individuals the folks at Next-Gen felt made the greatest contributions to the gaming industry this year ... and Iwata wasn't the only one from Nintendo to be recognized. Outgoing VP George Harrison ranked in at 18th, and Yoshiaki Koizumi, director of Super Mario Galaxy, turned up in the 6th position. But the chief of chiefs reigned supreme, and is it any surprise? Satoru Iwata had led Nintendo in this banner year, and as dedicated fans, we salute him. We're just glad that Next-Gen does, as well.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.