As we enter the new year, many professionals in the game industry are sharing their memories of Nintendo’s former president, Satoru Iwata. The Japanese website 4Gamer, recently asked several people in the industry who made a good impression on them in 2015. Most of these people mention Iwata in their answers, showing his legacy still lives on.
Yoshinori Ono, a Capcom producer, told many stories about Iwata from their meetings after the launch of the 3DS. He spoke about a time where he sat next to Iwata on a flight from San Francisco and they spoke about games, films, and the NES. He will never forget the memory of sharing Iwata’s ideas and thoughtfulness. Ono also once asked him to sign his copy of Balloon Fight, and Iwata responded courteously. Ono was incredibly shocked at the news of Iwata’s passing, and said he would keep their conversations had when dining together engraved in his memory forever.
Yosuke Hayashi, producer of Dead or Alive, also recalled memories of Iwata, saying that he was a man who had the power to be a driving force of the gaming industry. He added that it’s important to keep working so that people don’t think the gaming industry is boring without Mr. Iwata’s presence, as it’s important to lead the industry to growth and take it to the next stage.
Teruyuki Toriyama, a Sony Japan Studio producer, felt that he didn’t need to list all of Iwata’s achievements because everyone already knows them. Toriyama said it’s regrettable that he left us so early, and he offered his condolences.
Finally, a Japan Studio producer, Kentaro Motomura, said that although he never met Iwata in person, he was very shocked when he heard of his passing. He added that the sad news of Iwata’s passing was the biggest impact on the gaming industry in 2015.
Although Iwata is no longer with us, it seems that his achievements and influence will still be affecting the gaming industry in years to come.