The passing of Satoru Iwata sent shockwaves through out the gaming industry because of what an important figure he was. Mr. Iwata had his hands involved in many projects, and one of them is the global giant Pokemon. In a recent interview with Pokemon Company President Mr. Ishihara, he spoke about how Mr. Iwata was involved in Pokemon.
To begin with, Iwata-san got the source code for Red and Green, and bam, read through it all, then began mapping out a course on how to make a foreign version for it.
Even so, Iwata-san first did the analysis, and with those instructions, Nintendo’s Murakawa-san [Teruki Murakawa, then Assistant Department Manager of the plan production headquarters] went on to work on its localization. The story I heard from Murakawa-san was also a very funny one. Murakawa was an engineer in the hardware field, but one day he was told by his superior to “go do an employment examination for the project.” This basically meant to go visit Iwata-san and for Murakawa to carefully examine and see if he could accomplish the work himself. So he stepped into Hal Laboratory, and you had Iwata-san there telling Murakawa-san about all the work he has done up until then. They say that the talk ended up lasting from noon until midnight.
It’s always amazing to see just how much impact Mr. Iwata had in the world of Nintendo!