The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is enormous, and one of the joys of the release is the Nintendo community collaborating and sharing discoveries online. One that's been shared with us relates to former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, and what could be a subtle but touching tribute in the game.
Sean Buckley got in touch with us and share the latest video from his Seaniccus channel; he delves into the appearance of an NPC called Botrick, which has a passing resemblance to Iwata-san and is a particularly serene and generous trader in the game. When speaking to the character he directs you to Satori Mountain and talks of a Lord of the Mountain. The site itself is a beautiful spot, and the dialogue and setting certainly suggest a rather lovely light-touch tribute.
We certainly think this could be a tribute, and it would be typical of Nintendo to go for subtlety in this manner. Ultimately, it's worth taking a moment to remember Iwata-san while playing the Switch and indeed Breath of the Wild, as his influence can be found in each.
There's no way that's not a tribute. Awesome!
Not to mention the mountain he refers to is Satori Mountain.
I think I spotted Eiji in game as well, wonder if Reggie and Robin Williams are there too.
I will have a Pint of TRIBUTE please
Robbie is totally the Robin Williams NPC we all requested right! He's totally got a Patch Adams vibe going on
I don't even need to watch the video to see that that's an intentional tribute to Iwata.
They should have also placed some sort of tribute or nod to the late Robin Williams in the game... does anyone know if there is something in there?
Satori Mountain = Satoru Iwata Mountain.
He has revived, live again inside the games.
Salute to Satoru Iwata !
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer."
And in our hearts, you shall forever remain. Beautiful tribute.
Right in the feels!
Decent game, not to happy about some minor flaws.
but runs pretty good so far on my Wii U. Gonna buy the Switch version when all the errors are ironed out.
Surprised we didn't get Iwata Scamiibo.
He's not the same as Eire. Just a lame copycat. Like we need more negativity.
@SLIGEACH_WiiU ...that comment doesn't seem as relevant for this article as opposed to the other articles written about the game itself. ...You LIKE the WiiU now? Edit: Never mind you are making a troll post. Carry on.
Anyway I can imagine there are a few eggs to Iwata-denka. I'll be on the look out for him in my play through.
@rennandovale Thanks for sharing your feelings. <3
Next time when I'm sitting behind my Wii, type up some comment here, I'll first check the high frequent cosmic vibrations !
Making sure they not intervene and collapse on your third eye feeling membrane.
Be positive please, keep it clean.
It was such ashame Satoru Iwata passed on, but he will live on in the memory of gamers.
I would hope to think it is a tribute to Iwata, but like others i'm not 100% sure.
I certainly miss those Iwata Nintendo Directs his passing was such a shame what a Legendary person.
Why do people have to say that all the time?
This is definitely a tribute to Iwata. This game is truly turning out to be a masterpiece.
I think I missed whatever is special on that mountain once. Went for the shrine instead of straight to the top.
He's so badass he anti-doomed Nintendo to get the anti-doom fulfilled long after his passing.
Still passing on this game... maybe if they axed SCAMiibo support and DLC I'd dabble but of course Nintendo had to make a quick buck
When I first saw it I thought he looked like an Asian Dwight Schrute. But now I see the resemblance to Iwata.
@SLIGEACH_famicom Oh hey there's a SLIGEACH fan club now?
Love the Sligeach's!!!! Tongue in cheek guys & gals...tongue in cheek...
This brought a smile to my face
@Niinbendo @RazorThin It's more fans than SCAMiibo ever had.
Sligeachs are like gremlins. Don't get them wet or feed them after midnight...
I've seen that pond in the game, and I don't want to spoil anything, but it IS rather mystical sometimes. He'd be happy to know that, even though he's very much missed, they carry on the torch thanks to other geniuses in design and among the industries most talented teams of programmers.
I really like this. I would give the benefit of the doubt that this is a tribute to Mr. Iwata, and I think it's great that it is a small tribute that isn't an obvious in-your-face one but yet tender all the same.
Cool! I am going DIRECTLY to that area to take a pic with him.
That's pretty cool!
I can't wait to find this when I play through the game!
This hit DIRECTLY to my feels.
@NintySnesMan here, one for the road.
Nice mate but I don't drink anymore. I have drunk enough in the past to sink a battleship. I live very close to St Austell brewery that make Tribute here in cornwall
I really miss Iwata san. He lives on in joy of adventure.
@NintySnesMan well, I suppose we all have to grow up at some point. Just aslong as there's a bit of room left over for Nintentendo.
@JunkRabbit Coming from a business family, I can assure you that he likely looked pretty stern when talking to his employees.
You smile to the customers because you want them to like you, and by extension the company you represent. But on your day-to-day work, you're stern when you talk business with the people below you to communicate that you're in charge and is being serious. Doesn't mean you can't ever crack a smile at work, of course
I really hope Nintendo confirms themselves if this is a tribute to the late great Satori Iwata, because it sure looks like a tribute to me! If so, it truly is a beautiful gift from Nintendo.
@RazorThin It's worse than that; it's more like a cult.
Aside from that, this is no-doubt an Iwata tribute. I hope to see a Robin Williams-like character in this as well. Wouldn't that be sweet?
I'm not 100% sure it is iwata but it reminds me of him a great deal so it might very well be.
P.S. Can't a mod do something about the SLIGEACH children ? Crazy no life internet trolls.
Alright, we need to contact NL about these imposter accounts. This is getting out of hand. And stop giving them likes.
I love that dude. I legit bought most of my arrows from him.
I hope there is nothing about Robin Williams in the game. That man off screen was not the nicest. Many times, even on our national television, he shared his hatred for Australia. Not just, meh don't like the place. It was a real hatred, to the point of telling others to never come here.
That plus many other reasons make me not like Robin Williams. I hope anything related to him is not polluting this fine Zelda game.
@PlywoodStick I agree, someone ought to complain about these trolls. They're crossing the line...
Nintendo life,Do something about this SLIGEACH club. The dude has finaly gone mad or someone is bullying him in a verry childisch way... Either way,it f*cks up the athmospere. Bad vibes man:)
Nice to see Nintendo honouring him.
SLIGEACH.. I always knew something was up with this guy.. madness
I've been up that mountain before i saw this, in the day it looks amazing, however at certain times you KNOW this is a tribute, you need to go see it.
This is really neat. I look forward to meeting him. I really should progress the game a little bit instead of just running around, climbing things and gathering mushrooms and acorns.
That's a great tribute to honor his memory. He's also a great NPC, he's got arrows! Hm, does that mean that if Botrick is Iwata, then is
And that mountain's got a ton of stuff on it. I've farmed heart over-maxing Endura Mushrooms(sp?), Endura Carrots, Durian, an entire apple grove, plants that mix into cold, heat, electric resistance, all in their own little areas around the mountain. And check out the top of that mountain on certain nights. I'm still working on it, and I'm not giving up!
(Looking at Baddeck screenshot)
Miyamoto ? Shigeru Miyamoto ?
And what... ? Durian ?
Ew.... stinky fruits.
A very cool tribute. To be immortalized in a epic game such as Breath of the World would be the ultimate tribute. Very nice!
I am bit late for teh party but yeah first talk with Botrick and it was insta "Iwata" feeling. I just kept staring at him. I forgot to search was there more talk of it...
And I swear somewhere was NPC that looked like Eiji A....
I wonder if they put a reference to Robin Williams in the game? We were all calling for them to name an NPC after him when he died. Would be amazing if they did.
@Baker1000 There's a Youtube video about an NPC who bears a striking resemblence and makes a bit of humor, but it's not entirely clear to me if it's meant to be Robin Williams.
However, if you look into this Satoru Iwata tribute more (particularly Satori Mountain) it seems abundantly clear it is intentional.
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