Satoru Iwata: biggest Japanese industry cheese of '06?

The latest issue of Japan's Weekly Famitsu contains gory details of the magazine's annual Japanese industry awards, and it's little surprise that renowned industry savior Satoru Iwata is cited as the figure who made the greatest impact on videogames in 2006. NCL's friendly President (there's a French brand of cheese called Président, you know) received 201 votes to pip Ken Kutaragi, of all people, to the title. What "Big Ken" was even doing in the listings we fail to fathom, but there you have it. And here you have Famitsu's top five Japanese industry cheeses:

  1. Satoru Iwata (Nintendo) -- 201 votes

  2. Ken Kutaragi (Sony Computer Entertainment) -- 181 votes

  3. Hironobu Sakaguchi (Mistwalker) -- 126 votes

  4. Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo) -- 41 votes

  5. Hideo Kojima (Konami) -- 33 votes