A new book featuring words of wisdom from the late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is getting an English language release later this year. The book, titled Ask Iwata, was originally released in Japan in 2019.
The book, which is already up for pre-order, includes Iwata’s thoughts on, “diverse subjects such as locating bottlenecks, how success breeds resistance to change, and why programmers should never say no.”
The book partially draws from the “Iwata Asks” series of conversations, where Iwata himself would conduct behind-the-scenes interviews with key members of Nintendo’s development teams. You can still find the Iwata Asks pieces on Nintendo’s website.
The book also features conversations with Shigeru Miyamoto and EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi. Last year, Miyamoto opened up about Iwata’s passing, saying, “If there is some good-for-nothing idea I come up with over the weekend, I have no one to share it with the next Monday. That I can no longer hear him say ‘Oh, about that thing…’ is a bit of a problem for me. It makes me sad.”
As for Itoi, Satoru Iwata helped him save the beloved classic EarthBound from development hell. Iwata famously told the EarthBound development team, “If we complete it by fixing what we have now, it will take two years. If it is OK to start again from scratch, it can be done in a half year.”
Ask Iwata is coming to the U.S. on April 13 for $22.99, and April 15 in the U.K. for £18.99.
Iwata died on July 11, 2015, at age 55, after a multi-year battle with a growth on his bile duct. Nintendo added a heartfelt tribute at the end of 2016’s Star Fox Zero, which said, “This game is dedicated to our wingman who fell in battle.”