Last year, Japanese publishing company Hobonichi released Iwata-San, a book collecting quotes and writings from late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, as well as contributions from Iwata’s contemporaries like Shigeru Miyamoto. While it was originally only published in Japanese, Hobonichi later announced plans to distribute the book in other languages in response to strong fan interest.

Western fans will finally get their chance to read this unique Iwata tribute next year, as publisher VIZ Media has announced that they will release the book in English as Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Nintendo’s Legendary CEO. Both print and digital editions of the book will be released in Spring 2021.

Satoru Iwata joined HAL Laboratory in 1980, earning a reputation as a passionate and resourceful programmer. He contributed to Nintendo classics like Balloon Fight and Earthbound, as well as titles in the Kirby and Pokémon series. In 2002, Iwata became Nintendo’s president and ushered the company through one of its most successful financial periods. During his tenure as Nintendo president and CEO, Iwata endeared himself to fans through his participation in Nintendo Direct presentations and though his trademark Iwata Asks interviews. Iwata tragically passed away from cancer in 2015, having left a lasting legacy on the video game industry.

Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Nintendo’s Legendary CEO was originally published by Hobonichi, a company founded by Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi. Satoru Iwata had served as the company’s IT manager since its inception in 1998.

Print and digital versions of Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Nintendo’s Legendary CEO will be available in Spring 2021.

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Source: VIZ Media

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