Guest writer: Mars#8919
Many people know about the popular video game and console company Nintendo, but not many know the faces behind it. Satoru Iwata was the fourth company president, known for his focus on the games’ storylines and the players’ entertainment. He made many advancements to the company, making Nintendo what it is today.
A New Vision
Iwata became the president of Nintendo in 2002. The former president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, left him with one wish: that Nintendo give birth to wholly new ideas and create hardware which reflects that ideal, and to make software that adheres to that same standard. Iwata’s goal as president was to create an open business environment and to create games that would appeal to all players instead of just having top notch graphics.
Around 2003, Nintendo got caught in a slump. The Nintendo 64 was not performing well against other software (like Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox). After a year of research, Iwata concluded that pushing hardware was not the most effective way to promote video games; it was time to focus on the software. Soon after, the Nintendo 3DS came out followed by the Wii U. Both were massive hits. Iwata based Nintendo’s success on the novel and entertaining hardware, and delightful games.
“On my business card, I am corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
— Satoru Iwata
One, Two, Switch!
During his time as Nintendo’s president, Iwata overlooked the progress of these consoles: the DS, Wii, 3DS, Wii U, and (partly) the Nintendo Switch. All of these gaming consoles have changed the gaming community and have become part of many children’s childhoods. Throughout his time as president, he not only helped create but also helped imagine what Nintendo has become as the brand we know and love today. One of the most memorable games Iwata helped create is called Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
During the development of Breath of the Wild, Iwata passed away on July 11th, 2015. He died from a tumor complication and Nintendo announced his passing the following day. He will always be remembered for shaping Nintendo into becoming what it is today and Tatsumi Kimishima took place as Nintendo’s president soon after. Iwata’s death was mourned by many, and he is still missed to this day.
As a tribute, the developers of Breath of the Wild dedicated an easter egg to him. Read below for the steps on how to find him…
The Lord of the Mountain
“This noble creature watches over all animals that make their homes in the forest. Legends say this holy creature is a reincarnation of a sage that died on the lands it now protects. It has an acute awareness of its surroundings, so it seldom appears before people. It’s sometimes known by its other name, Satori.”
— Hyrule Compendium
A fabled creature in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild called Lord of the Mountain seems like an interesting ride to most, but the story behind it is one worthy of respect. According to legends, the Lord of the Mountain is a holy creature and a reincarnation of a Sage that died on Satori Mountain. It is described as a noble creature that watches over all the animals that make their homes in the forest, explaining the large animal migrations that coincide with its appearance upon the mountain.
In an interview, director Hidemaro Fujibayashi said: “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 on 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.” This sparked the inspiration for the Spirit who watches over all creatures and who keeps the peace on Satori Mountains.
An NPC named Botrick, who wanders around Outskirt Stable, will give you information about the location of the Lord of the Mountain. He’ll tell you that it’s at a location called Satori Mountains. You will find him at the top of the Satori Mountains, near a cherry blossom tree and a small pond.
Keep in mind that the Lord of the Mountain does not spawn every night. It appears randomly, but there will be signs when it’s on the mountain. You can usually find Blupees wandering around and surrounding him when he’s there. A blue light will shine from the top of the mountain as well. The Lord of the Mountain usually appears at night, making the blue light more visible. He will not appear if you are nearby, so the stable is a good place to watch and wait for the blue light.
Satori is one of the best rides in the game, with max speed, stamina, and strength. You can infinitely sprint while riding it. The problem is that Satori is skittish, so you’ll need at least two stamina wheels to tame it (from my experience). You can also bring stamina-inducing elixirs and food to have enough stamina to tame Satori. Also, you will need to wear stealth armour in order to sneak up and jump on Satori, or have stealth increasing foods or elixirs.
If you succeed in taming Satori, you cannot register it at a stable. If you bring Satori to a stable, the manager will respond with this: “Looks like you’ve caught yourself a new steed! Do you want to register it? Understoo– Uh… Wh-what is that? Can that…THING you’re riding be the fabled Lord of the Mountain?! Why in Hylia’s name would you bring something like that here? We’ll all be cursed!” However, you can ride it anywhere you wish in the vast world of Breath of the Wild. It’s a beautiful and meaningful tribute to Satoru Iwata, used to remember and respect him.
Dreams to Reality
Satoru Iwata made his dreams and visions for Nintendo a reality; his dreams made Nintendo the company it is today. No matter the struggle, he made his dream for Nintendo a reality after the years he had worked there. If you work hard enough, you can make your dreams a reality too. It may not be easy, but in the end it will be worth it. Iwata will always be remembered for his great feats at Nintendo, and will be looked up to by many for years to come.
Making your dreams a reality is no easy task; but in the end, your work will inspire many others and their dreams.