1. Miyamoto (coming from the software side, he still was able to shape the whole industry... He invented one of the most prolific genres of all time in the platformer, he shaped 3D gaming more than anyone, and now is instrumental with Wii...) 2. Bushnell (without him, the videogame industry may never have evolved into a big business at all... His company became the definition of games for a generation, and paved the way for Nintendo and PlayStation.) 3. Yokoi (inventor of the most dominant hardware line of all time, having crushed its competition through 3 handheld generations, even long after his death, and now closing on the 200 million sold mark... And he also had a hand in the creation of other important and influential hardware and software...) 4. Kutaragi (reshaped the whole industry from one based around 1st party software, to one based around 3rd party software, in turn allowing the rise of countless companies and the production of thousands of games. And of course the mastermind of not only the first, but the second worldwide dominant consoles...) 5. Yamauchi (the man who ultimately brought the videogame industry to a point of stability that Bushnell failed to create...) I don't see how Naka, Moore, Iwata, Kojima, Wright or Gates can beat these guys... Not sure why Gates is even on the list...
"[Our former customers] are unable to find software which they WANT to play."
"The way to solve this problem lies in how to communicate what kind of games [they CAN play]."
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President. Only slightly paraphrased.