Satoru Iwata played a massive role in Nintendo’s history, but his legacy is still a driving force at the company. According to Breath of the Wild’s director, the game’s development team felt that their late president was watching over them. In an interview with The New Yorker, Fujibayashi talked about how his legacy provided them with a drive to improve. Check out a quote below, but the full interview can be read here.
When he passed away, there were moments we’d come up with an idea which we’d be excited to talk to Iwata about. Then we’d remember he was no longer here. Miyamoto told me it was the same for him. He’d come up with an idea at the weekend and would feel excited to speak to Iwata about it on Monday, only to remember. The sadness runs deep. This is approaching spiritual talk, but we had the sense that he was watching over our work. That became a source of motivation, a drive for us to improve and be better.