It's easy to underestimate how long some of the current Nintendo senior figures have been working at the company: some of them have been there since the very beginning of NES, for example. Andriasang has unearthed a picture from a 1993 Nintendo Strategy book to make us, and the Nintendo legends in question, feel a bit old.
The image in this article is from the guide book for Kirby's Adventure, with Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Masahiro Sakurai all being presented along with their own doodles of the famous pink ball. Miyamoto was already well known due to his work on the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda franchises, while Sakurai is the youngest man in the team who created the Kirby concept. Future boss Iwata was the producer and did some programming work, while he's also credited with producing a golf title single handed.
It's interesting to see these prominent figures in their younger days, and we've also learned that Satoru Iwata's drawing skills aren't necessarily his strong point.
This kind of stuff is neat.
The 'balloons' look more like fans to me. Cute drawings though
Glad I have something in common with Iwata. That tends to be what my Kirby drawings look like.
I can even do some OK stuff with computers. That just isn't my strongpoint. (drawing in general, not drawing Kirby)
The only one I could instantly recognise was Iwata but after taking a close look I could see similarities between Miyamoto back then and how he is now. Sakurai looks the most different though and I also share my drawing skills with Iwata.
They look so happy Kirby does too! This made my day.
Is it me or dose Masahiro Sakurai look older in that photo than what he looks like now???
Ahahahaahahahahhahahahah so true
SAKURAAAAIIIIII nice drawing.
@Olorin I think they are fans.
I almost didn't notice Iwata's drawing for a minute!
I seriously didn't have a clue what Sakurai looked like until just now.
I like the one on the far right the most.
Wow, their... Young
@3Dangerous3Dash I wouldn't use that as a good photo of how Sakurai looks. I couldn't even recognize him. This is 19 years old, and ironically Sakurai looks younger now.
Miyamoto's is good. I drew Kirby like that once....
Maybe Sakurai was born old and is slowly growing younger...
Sakurai = Under appreciated genius and only Nintendo dev (or should I say, ex-Nintendo dev) that develops games with a bit of bite, 'tude, and/or extra layer of fun.
Again, please stop it with these silly filler articles.
Go back to bed and get a sense of fun
Yay! Kirby! Best platformers ever imo!
@mushroomer, did anybody ask you for your opinion? I think not. Furthermore, nobody is twisting your arm to read these articles. Go troll on another gaming forum my friend. That kind of crap is seriously not needed around here. Instead of being appreciative that someone took out time from their day to write up this article, you complain like an ungrateful little brat. I outta bend you over my knee, and teach you some manners.
Anyways, I had no idea Kirby's Adventure wasn't released, until two years after the SNES was already on the scene. I guess that's why it's so long for an NES title. I mean, who would choose to pay $50 for an NES title, when you could purchase a SNES title for the same amount. Kirby's Adventure is one of the best NES titles I had never had the honor of experiencing, back when I actually owned an NES. On the other hand, there are hundreds upon hundreds of NES titles I never had a chance to experience.
@mushroomer Maybe you would enjoy this site more.
Nice piece of history. Indeed Sakurai looks younger now, at least he looks nothing like that pic.
Iwata's drawing NEEDS to be put in an art museum. I'm not kidding.
Sakurai's draw looks better, Imo.
Wow! Even Kirby-fans looked totally different back then.
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