Sakurai looks back on his first interview with Iwata, and what it was like working alongside him

There's no one quite like Iwata

Not that long ago, the Iwata-san book was released, which chronicled the work and life of Satoru Iwata. Included in that book was an interview with Masahiro Sakurai, and now the first part of that interview has been posted online for free. We have a breakdown of what was said, thanks to PushDustIn.

Sakurai recalls being interviewed by Iwata back when he was just 18 years old. Sakurai looks back on the interview fondly, remembering Iwata's smile, and how closely Iwata paid attention to what was being said. Iwata was apparently taking notes on Sakurai's interview the entire time.

Not surprisingly, Sakurai says that when issues popped up during game development, Iwata was quick to hop in and help set things right. Iwata did this during Melee's creation, and did so without even being asked to come in and help.


What a true friend to have... I miss Mr. Iwata.

I wonder how Sakurai and everyone close to Iwata are doing. It was so sad seeing those little moments once Smash Ultimate released, but I'm glad for Sakurai that he got to see it through and I hope he feels like he honored Iwata's memory.

It's so surreal to think that there probably won't be someone like Iwata again, probably for a long time (if ever, but here's hoping there will be).

He was so integral to Nintendo in more ways than one. The Switch is looking to be the last vestiges of his influence. I fear for the next console generation under Furukawa's tenure... If there even is one.

Their friendship must have been the best thing to have ever happened to them.

Its very honourable for Masahiro Sakurai to make Ultimate as big as possible to pay tribute to Satoru Iwata.

The game industry hasn't been the same since he died. "Gray logo" Nintendo was the only time I ever felt completely loyal to a company on a personal level because I believed so much in what they were doing and how Iwata ran things. They were a beacon of purity in this increasingly depressing and unscrupulous industry, and from the original DS to the Wii U, I was behind their modus operandi a full 100%. It truly resonated with me.

I feel the "Nintendo" has somewhat faded from Nintendo since his passing, especially now that the post-Iwata leadership has adopted some of the other corps' nastier habits. Nintendo feels much more corporate now than they did under him, and that whimsical spark they had is weaker than it used to be. I no longer get the impression of the humble toymaker.

I hope they come out with an English translation of this book. I have high regard for the man.


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