Satoru Iwata played a massive role in making Nintendo what it is today, but it seems his influence can still be felt. In an interview with Time, Shigeru Miyamoto talked about Iwata’s role in the Switch’s development. Perhaps surprising to some, Miyamoto really emphasises the role the late president had in developing the upcoming console. According to him, the core concept of the Switch was completely down to Iwata. While the full interview can be found here, an extract is below.

Is there anything in particular about Switch that reflects Satoru Iwata’s involvement? [Iwata was Nintendo’s president from 2002 to 2015, and passed away in July 2015.]

I mentioned that 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. 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 [Nintendo’s two-screen gaming handheld—the browser was added to North American systems in 2007]. 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.

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  1. He was a strong influence with it, Iwata was very smart. His legacy will live on in the Switch AND NO TROLLING JERKS CAN SAY OTHER WISE, CAUSE IF THEY DO, THEY’RE COLD HEARTED EXCUSE FOR PLAYERS WHO SHOULD DIVE INTO A DITCH AND DIE FOR BEING SUCH COLDHEARTED FREAKS! AND IF THEY DON’T DIE IN A DITCH, THEN GET FREDDY FAZBEAR AND JASON VORHEES, THEY’LL DEAL WITH THEM! YOU HEAR ME TROLLING FREAKS?!? MAKE ONE, JUST ONE COLDHEARTED REMARK ON MR. IWATA AND I’LL KILL YOU!

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  2. I think of the Switch as Iwata’s final gift to all of us gamers. A gift that shows, he’s still got it! Or…..had it. Clear to the end. Oh how I wish he was still here with us. I miss seeing him in Nintendo Directs, and on Iwata Asks. I miss his voice, his humor, and his compassion and dedication. Such a great man he was. And I’ll never forget that. THANK YOU, IWATA-SAN.

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  3. iwata in numerous interviews gave hints wiiu was only a stop gap and not the vision he said just after release something about the NEXT SYSTEM like he was tellin g us to are faces,wiiu isnt what we wanted to build its the next system THAT WILL INNOVATE AND SUPPRICE i picked this up immidiatly i did not reinvest in nintentdo like i did in 2005 aANSD MADE A FUTUNE…

    i reinvested late last year reDY FOR SWITCH listening to this man made me a lot of money,and he follows the natural rule of gaming generations and evolution PERFECTLY

    a mouse and motioin was always going to happen i predicted this in 2003,the switch would forther motion not drop it agaqin i tried to tell you all what nx was

    i put my money were my mouth is and invest and i remember like yesterday iwata saying WE ARE GOING TO DISRUPT THE INDUSTRY

    NON OF YOU LISTENED BUT I DID

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  4. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

    Let’s hope Switch does better than Wii U so Iwata’s legacy with Nintendo can actually end on a highly good note.

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  5. Now I’m kinda scared. No disrespect to the guy at all, but this was the same person that thought the Wii and the Wii U was a good idea (The gamecube too when you count those dumb 1.5GB discs ). However at least the Switch is displaying the potential to turn all of that around.

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