Interview 2

Miyamoto on Iwata: “He Had This Unique Ability To Rally People Around A Vision.”

In an interview with The New Yorker, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked about what “piece of advice Iwata gave him that he cherishes in his work today.” He replied by saying that he “had this unique ability to rally people around a vision.” He also said that he was able “to take something, give it shape and then to motivate people.”

He also talked about how Iwata had a unique view as a programmer. Saying that most developers would tell designers that something was impossible, Iwata would instead “say he was going to figure out how to make it work.” Listen to his full comments below.


He's been playing video games his entire life, and has gotten progressively worse at them as he's gotten older and more decrepit. He's been running this place (into the ground) since 2013. He's old. Keeps writing about Nintendo despite mountains of evidence proving he should never write anything. Very old. Lifelong Nintendo fan, doesn't care what you think about that. Did I mention how old he is? Because he's very old.

  • Pinkie-Dawn

    BriHard must be having a fit as of now if he’s reading this interview.

  • He sure did. Mr. Iwata had a great ability to see what really counted in a game, even in death and while gaming journalist rail the WiiU, in the end, the WiiU still was successful; something Iwata wanted to do was good. Many good titles for it and on top of that, a lot of his goals were met.

    Its just sad, because Iwata really enjoyed the consumer-company relationship and it was something that has been severely strained under the new leadership of Nintendo with how C&Ds and other legal issues have become out of control. Its a really sad thing to think of, but the man had a good heart in the end of it. And I think that is what really matters at the end of the day.