Satoru Iwata was the much loved Nintendo President who sadly passed away in 2015. From his hilarious hosting duties of the many Nintendo Direct presentations through to his famous quote, “On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
So it was very welcome to see that the latest Pokemon entry, Ultra Sun & Moon, features a cameo of Iwata san, of sorts. Joe Merrick, webmaster behind serebii.net posted the following pics on his Twitter account recently. Here’s the complete dialogue as spoken by game character, Morimoto:
“Boy, when we were told halfway through development to make Kanto, too… I thought I might just expire on the spot! But I’m glad we made it that way.
When we were having trouble fitting all the data in for Gold and Silver, and we were really in a pinch, this amazing guy came along and made a program for us that solved all our problems. He went on to become the amazing president of a real big company soon after that, too.”
— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) November 23, 2017
Morimoto is also a reference to Shigeki Morimoto, a programmer and designer from GAME FREAK who has worked on just about every single Pokemon game released. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Satoru Iwata started off his professional life as a programmer at HAL Laboratory who brought many a Nintendo game to life such as Kirby, Earthbound, Super Smash Bros. Melee and loads more.
To get a real appreciation of the kind of man that Satoru Iwata was, here’s a retrospective look at his life: