It was just over five years ago that we lost Satoru Iwata, the legendary president and CEO of Nintendo. For years, Iwata was a guiding light for the company, starting out as a video game programmer before moving up in the ranks to a higher seat. Unfortunately, he passed all too soon at the age of 55 on July 11, 2015.
However, his memories live on forever in the minds of gamers. And soon, he’ll have a book to celebrate the many conversations he had with Nintendo’s finest.
VIZ Media has announced that it will publish an English version of the book Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Nintendo’s Legendary CEO. It’ll sell for $22.99, and you can pre-order it over on Amazon for its release in April.
Here’s the book’s official description, straight from the publisher:
“Satoru Iwata was the former Global President and CEO of Nintendo and a gifted programmer who played a key role in the creation of many of the world’s best-known games. He led the production of innovative platforms such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii, and laid the groundwork for the development of the wildly successful Pokémon Go game and the Nintendo Switch. Known for his analytical and imaginative mind, but even more for his humility and people-first approach to leadership, Satoru Iwata was beloved by game fans and developers worldwide.
In this motivational collection, Satoru Iwata addresses diverse subjects such as locating bottlenecks, how success breeds resistance to change, and why programmers should never say no. Drawn from the ‘Iwata Asks’ series of interviews with key contributors to Nintendo games and hardware, and featuring conversations with renowned Mario franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto and creator of EarthBound Shigesato Itoi, Ask Iwata offers game fans and business leaders an insight into the leadership, development and design philosophies of one of the most beloved figures in gaming history.”
This should be a must-own for Nintendo fans, as they can learn about Iwata’s outstanding interviewing style, and several pieces of info about their favorite games. In the meantime, we advise you to check out some of the Iwata talks from the official Nintendo page as well.
We shall miss you, Iwata-san. This book should cover your legacy incredibly well. We’ve included one of his more memorable segments below, revolving around the reveal of StarFox Zero for the Wii U.
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