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Satoru Iwata

Update (8/22): Ask Iwata is now up on Amazon Canada ($6.15 discount).


Update (7/27): Pre-orders are now live on Amazon.


Original (7/24): Last year, EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi’s publishing company Hobonichi released a book in Japan dedicated to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. It went over Iwata’s life, featured interviews with the likes of Itoi and Miyamoto, and more.

Fortunately, that book is now officially confirmed for English release in the west. Viz Media has announced that Ask Iwata will handle publishing, and it will release in Spring 2021.

The book will be available in both print and through digital distribution.

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Five years ago, late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away. Iwata died on July 11, 2015. We’re bringing this up now as it’s July 11 in Japan.

Iwata had many accomplishments as both a game developer and businessman. He started out at Kirby developer HAL Laboratory and spent two decades with the studio. In 2000, Iwata joined Nintendo and became the company’s new president just a couple of years later. He would end up working in this hospital up until his passing.

Iwata is still missed to this day, but his legacy won’t be forgotten.

Shigesato Itoi’s company Hobonichi has been publishing new interviews with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai. As part of this, Sakurai spoke about the passing of late president Satoru Iwata. He also discusses how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the final mission Iwata gave to him.

Here’s a translation of that excerpt, courtesy of Siliconera:

Nintendo has always been a big supporter of The Game Awards. Going back to the show’s debut, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime attended every single year and the company was represented on the advisory board. It’s also been home to big announcements like Bayonetta 3, Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and more.

In a recent Reddit AMA, The Game Awards creator and producer Geoff Keighley spoke further about Nintendo’s backing. Keighley revealed that late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata personally told him that the Big N would always be sure to support the show, which meant a lot to him. Keighley noted that The Game Awards wouldn’t be what it is without Iwata and Reggie.

Dragon Quest XI S is finally launching on Switch tomorrow. It’s been a long time coming, as we’ve known about the game ever since the console was given its NX code name. There weren’t too many that knew what the Switch actually was at the time – including some of the top developers at Square Enix.

During today’s Dragon Quest XI S Channel: Countdown Special live stream, the developers discussed Dragon Quest XI S’s long journey to Switch. Late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, before his passing, had conversations with them about the hardware, and revealed its hybrid ability of being able to play at home or on the go. Other crucial information like the system’s name were still under wraps.

Some might be curious why Dragon Quest XI S was announced so early, and why it was made known before the Switch was unveiled. We can thank Iwata for that, as it was a request of his for the RPG to appear on Nintendo’s new platform. The developers said in the stream that they’ve now delivered on their promise to bring Dragon Quest XI S to Switch.

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Shigesato Itoi’s company Hobonichi recently released the book “Iwata-san” about the life of the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to much acclaim in Japan. Fans all over the world who aren’t fluent in Japanese have expressed their desire for translated versions of the book to Hobonichi, and it seems like the company has listened. In a statement released today, they said that while they don’t have anything concrete to announce yet, they are planning to translate “Iwata-san” into multiple languages and will be working together with Tuttle-Mori Agency in order to do so. The full statement from Hobonichi is below:

A note regarding the translated version of our latest book “Iwata-san”

We are honored to receive many inquiries and requests from our readers regarding the translated version of “Iwata-san.”

Needless to say, it is our wish to spread the words and philosophy of Mr. Satoru Iwata to as many people of the world as we can.

Currently, nothing is definite yet, but we are preparing publication of “Iwata-san” in various languages in consultation with Tuttle-Mori Agency. We will make an official announcement as soon as we finalize the deals at this website and via the official twitter account as below:

@1101_IwataSan

We are sorry to keep you waiting. In the meantime, please note that translating this book into any languages for public distribution is a clear violation of copyright and will be subject to criminal charges. We ask for your understanding.

If you are publishers outside of Japan and interested in publishing the translated version of “Iwata-san,” please contact Ms. Manami Tamaoki at Tuttle-Mori Agency: [email protected]

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Hobonichi published a new book in Japan today about the late Satoru Iwata. Titled Iwata-san, it even includes an interview with Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, which delves into his relationship with the now former Nintendo president.

IGN has now translated some of the excerpts from the book. Here’s Miyamoto discussing his relationship with Iwata:

Late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015. As it’s now July 11 in Japan, it’s been four years since his untimely death. Iwata’s life was sadly taken by bile duct cancer.

It’s always nice to take a moment and remember how much of an impact Iwata had not only on Nintendo, but the gaming industry as a whole. He led the Big N through the major successes that were the Wii and DS, but prior to that, even had a much more active role in game development. Iwata continued to code until he was 40, and helped Smash Bros. Melee release on time – and that’s just one example.

Rest in peace, Satoru Iwata.

Twitter user kumozawa1203 has shared an amazing letter he received in 2013 from the late Satoru Iwata.

Iwata was replying to the fan regarding a school project, as kumozawa1203 had selected Nintendo for his assignment. Despite being president at the time and having many responsibilities, Iwata took the time to craft a special letter that gives a little bit of advice as well as encouragement.

Satoshi Mitsuhara might know late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata better than anyone. Mitsuhara first joined HAL in 1990, and worked with Iwata for several years. The two would end up being close friends.

Forbes recently spoke with Mitsuhara, who is now the president of HAL. Mitsuhara shared some thoughts about Iwata during the discussion, and mentioned that they used to visit the arcades “and play Daytona USA exactly twice” after work.