Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Legendary CEO

Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Legendary CEO

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"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." —Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata was the former Global President and CEO of Nintendo and a gifted programmer who played a key role in the creation of many of the world’s best-known games. He led the production of innovative platforms such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii, and laid the groundwork for the development of the wildly successful Pokémon Go game and the Nintendo Switch. Known for his analytical and imaginative mind, but even more for his humility and people-first approach to leadership, Satoru Iwata was beloved by game fans and developers worldwide.

In this motivational collection, Satoru Iwata addresses diverse subjects such as locating bottlenecks, how success breeds resistance to change, and why programmers should never say no. Drawn from the "Iwata Asks" series of interviews with key contributors to Nintendo games and hardware, and featuring conversations with renowned Mario franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto and creator of EarthBound Shigesato Itoi, Ask Iwata offers game fans and business leaders an insight into the leadership, development and design philosophies of one of the most beloved figures in gaming history.

Title:Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Legendary CEO
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781974721542
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    Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Legendary CEO Reviews

  • Geoff

    A short business book filled with observations and philosophies of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. This is definitely a book for those who love Nintendo, know a lot about its history and produ...

  • Stewart Tame

    Full disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. As the front cover proclaims, “Words of wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s legendary CEO.” Actually, if we're being tec...

  • David

    Americans, and perhaps people in general, have a habit of worshipping at the altar of companies. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Tesla, Blizzard, pro sports organizations, record companies, movie st...

  • Brad

    There’s a reason he didn’t give many interviews. He didn’t have much to say. Might be more interesting stuff in the later interviews with other people at the end of the book, but i didn’t make...

  • Ricardo Mota

    Really insightful and wholesome.Gives us an unique perspective of Iwata.Loved it...

  • Jacob

    Closer to a 3.5 but I'm comfortable giving it the extra half-star in tribute to Iwata's incredible influence. A brisk and revealing insight into one of the greatest figures of their industry, no doubt...

  • Ricardo Sousa

    7/10I spent most of the book enjoying what I was reading but somewhat ‘frustrated’ because it feels as an amalgamation of existing materials, not fully delivering on any of its potentialities - it...

  • James T

    There’s now way for me to even approach objectively reviewing this book. Ever since my brother got me and my sister an N64, Nintendo has been a huge part of my life. From playing Ocarina of Time, to...

  • Christopher Gallo

    A quick read that feels like a stream-of-consciousness. I really enjoyed the brief time with the book and a look behind the scenes of the late Iwata. There was very little to dislike here even if the ...

  • Nick Massa

    Talent involves the ability to find rewards. In my view, talent isn’t about achieving results so much as deriving pleasure from results that you’ve achieved. When somebody has tapped into their st...