Ask Satoru Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata
Ask Satoru Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Nintendo’s legendary Satoru Iwata CEO
This English hardcover version of Viz Media is a 176-page excerpt from the “Iwata Ask” series to convey the wisdom of the late Nintendo CEO.
The late Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo, began his career as a part-time programmer at HAL Laboratory, the developer of games like Kirby’s Dream Land. Nintendo and HAL have had a close relationship long before HAL Laboratory officially became a member of the Nintendo family, and Satoru Iwata was the most illustrious star.
Iwata worked at HAL, but at that time he was also developing games for Nintendo such as Balloon Fight for NES. There’s a great subtitled episode of GameCenter CX, where Iwata plays Balloon Fight with host Shinya Arino and shares some of his experience as a programmer and ultimately as CEO of Nintendo. It’s a shame that this episode no longer appears on YouTube as it is one of my favorite researches on the history and development of video games.Iwata died in 2015 from a complication of a rare cancer of the bile duct, impressing gamers around the world. Wii U couldn’t even approach the success of the Nintendo Wii on the flop, but Iwata failed with humility and elegance and cut his CEO’s salary in half due to Nintendo’s poor performance in 2014. I chose that.
Our people who own the Wii U generally feel that it’s a good little system that couldn’t reach its potential, but Iwata’s brilliance, sadly, again after his death. It shines. He worked on the development of the Nintendo Switch for the first few days, and finally to the end.
Nintendo’s legendary CEO Satoru Iwata’s book, Satoru Iwata: Words of Wisdom, was first published in Japan in 2019 and is now available in English. If you are one of the people who pre-ordered it (like me), you will probably get your copy today (like me).
I’m personally very excited to dive into it. As a fan of game history, video games, business, game development, and as a fan of Satoru Iwata, this book checks a lot of boxes for me. The hardcover version costs $ 20.59 and the Kindle version costs $ 11.99.
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