Satoru Iwata’s passing had an effect on many both inside and outside of Nintendo, and one of these groups was obviously the team behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi recently sat down with The New Yorker and discussed how they reinvented Zelda for this latest installment.
One of the topics brought up was how Mr. Iwata influenced the team both before and after his death. Fujibayashi’s full statement on the matter can be read below:
“When he passed away, there were moments we’d come up with an idea which we’d be excited to talk to Iwata about. Then we’d remember he was no longer here. Miyamoto told me it was the same for him. He’d come up with an idea at the weekend and would feel excited to speak to Iwata about it on Monday, only to remember. The sadness runs deep. This is approaching spiritual talk, but we had the sense that he was watching over our work. That became a source of motivation, a drive for us to improve and be better.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now available for both Nintendo Switch & Wii U.