The Japanese bookstores have received in the last hours a new book dedicated to the figure of Satoru Iwata, the sadly deceased president of Nintendo, who was responsible among others for successes such as Nintendo DS or Wii. Published by the Hobonichi publishing house, the book includes an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto in which the father of the Super Mario Bros. series praises the figure of the Japanese creative whom he defines as “a friend above all”.
<For me it was a friend above all. I never felt that he was my boss or that he worked for him. He never got angry or argued about anything ", says Miyamoto "Normally if someone younger than you and with less experience becomes president, difficulties could arise in relationships, but I never felt anything like that," continues the Japanese creative.
“I was always clear that he was more indicated [than me] for the position”, explains Miyamoto about the possibility of being the president of Nintendo instead of Iwata. Their good relationship made them great friends, from very early, because both worked together in games like Pokémon Snap. They turned into tradition to get together to eat and from there emerged some of the most successful ideas of the Japanese firm, among which Nintendo DS stands out, which was born in the parking lot of an Italian restaurant that both creatives used to go to.
Earthbound’s father and well-known writer, Shigesato Itoi, says that going out for lunch with Miyamoto made Satoru Iwata really happy; “It was one of his favorite activities.” “Iwata said that the vision behind his business was to make everyone happy: himself, his friends, workers and consumers,” continues Itoi. “I’ve used the English word ‘happy’ instead of Japanese, which I found charming. It’s funny how you remember the most insignificant details, but when Iwata used the word ‘happy’, he did it by showing the palms of his hands. It’s something I think I’ll never forget. ”
Apparently Iwata was always optimistic about his illness. “On the day of his funeral, which was raining heavily, he was outside next to Miyamoto,” explains Itoi. “Suddenly I decided to ask him about Iwata and how optimistic he was about overcoming the disease. Miyamoto responded immediately, and did it naturally. ‘I was totally convinced that he would get better. He never had the slightest intention of dying.’ That answer made me realize how close Miyamoto and Iwata were, and to what extent they understood each other. ”
Finally, Itoi points out that one of the things I liked most about Iwata is that he was never insecure, and never boasted or pissed off to impose his authority. “That’s why you could have long conversations with him without making things uncomfortable.” Satoru Iwata died a cancer victim at the age of 55 after devoting half a life to making Nintendo one of the most important and influential video game companies in the world.