Miyamoto talks about his relationship with Satoru Iwata in a new book
Iwata-san is a new book released in Japan that is a heartfelt tribute to Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo who passed away in July 2015.
Available only in Japan, Iwata-san includes moving stories and memorabilia from personalities like Shigeru Miyamoto that have been translated and posted today on IGN.
“He was more of a friend to me than anything else,” says Miyamoto. “I never felt like he was my boss or working for him. He never got mad; we never fought over anything.”
Iwata and Miyamoto met when the former was still working at HAL Laboratory (Kirby, Smash Bros.). In one of their first encounters, Miyamoto recalls that they decided to go out for ramen for dinner together after working late into the night.
“Nintendo doesn’t pay social expenses, so we split the bill,” says Miyamoto. “That became a tradition that continued even after I named him president of the company and I became an executive.”
Usually at these dinners Miyamoto’s new ideas were discussed.
“ left so many words and structures that are still alive in the work of our young employees today, “he continues.” The only problem is that if something occurs to me over the weekend, I can’t share it with anyone until the following Monday.
“Not being able to hear him say ‘oh, about that …’ is a bit of a problem for me. It makes me sad.”
The book also collects statements from Shigesato Itoi, creator of the Earthbound series who also knew Iwata very well.
“The day of Iwata’s funeral it rained heavily, and Miyamoto and I were waiting,” says Itoi. “I suddenly decided to ask him how likely Iwata thought he was to be cured.”
“Miyamoto responded instantly, very naturally. ‘I totally believed he would get better. He had no intention of dying.’ That answer made me realize how close Miyamoto and Iwata were, and how close they understood each other. “
If you want to know more, take a look at the IGN article.