The late Satoru Iwata contributed much to Nintendo's history. While it's easy to remember him for his more recent accomplishments in the Wii and DS eras, many are aware that Iwata's time at the company has lasted for much longer; he got his start as a part-time programmer at HAL Laboratory in the 1980's. This earlier part of his life isn't nearly as well known, so a book was recently published that delves deeper into his younger days.

The book is a collection of anecdotes and information from 26 of Iwata's former classmates in High School and College. It's available on Amazon as a Kindle book for ¥690 (about $7), though it's only in Japanese as of time of writing. Perhaps if it's successful enough, there'll be more translations made or additional volumes written. For those of you that are interested, you can check it out here.

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[via amazon.co.jp]