satoru iwata

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto says that the late Satoru Iwata was ultimately the head of development on the Nintendo Switch.

Satoru Iwata, the much-loved former president of Nintendo, passed away in 2015. However, according to legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto, Iwata had a considerable amount of input on the Nintendo Switch, which launches later this year.

“Mr. Iwata, Mr. Takeda and myself provided feedback and made decisions, but ultimately Mr. Iwata was the head of development, so he put a lot of thought and time into Switch,” Miyamoto told Time Magazine. “I think that the idea of Nintendo Switch being a device you can take out and anywhere, and the idea of it being a system that really allows networking and communicating with people, I think that’s something Mr. Iwata put a lot of emphasis on.”

“Because Mr. Iwata was tech-savvy, a lot of our discussion involved trying to figure out how to make the technical things like network capabilities or servers or whatever fun. For example, think about when we added the ability to use a browser on the DS. As time goes on, all of these services become more and more advanced, and so we need to think about ‘How do we incorporate mobile devices or new browser features that come up?’ That’s something Mr. Iwata and I discussed a lot, really trying to decide what to do and what not to do in our hardware.”

So this means that the Switch will be Iwata’s “final legacy” of sorts, and even though he unfortunately won’t be around to see its release, it still has his influence.

Source: Time Magazine

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