Ok so I KNOW I’m super late on posting this but I was still backed up when making this piece and I wanted to make sure that when I wrote this piece I had plenty of time to write it all up. Anyways:
I never thought I’d cry for any type of celebrity’s death unless it was Miyamoto himself. But the entire hour after I found out about his death I was holding back tears. Then I found out that of all things 4chan, notorious for being the scum of the internet, did a tribute by playing the Earthbound credits on /v/. Just typing this out and thinking about it makes tear up.
Iwata was always a mystery to me, and it seemed like he was the same way to most people. I knew he worked on a lot of games or must have considering he was the President of Nintendo of all things. But unlike someone like Miyamoto or Sakurai I never really heard people talk about everything or anything that Iwata did. So to find out just how many of my childhood favorites he had hand in I was blown away. For one thing, if it wasn’t for him, Pokémon Gold and Silver, one of my favorite games period until Heart Gold/Soul Silver, would not have had the Kanto region in it. The Super Smash Brothers series would probably not have existed if it wasn’t for Iwata’s advice, and neither would the Kirby series for that matter. He was a programing genius and was the man in the background for almost everything I’ve loved about Nintendo and I never knew it until he was already gone.
About the drawings themselves, the pictures were going to have more characters and another side but I realized it would take far too long, I had a bunch of other stuff to work on at the time. By the time I finished it the tribute would be too late (because posting it a month later makes more sense). So I decided to draw characters from franchises he had a more direct influence making Iwata’s “directly to you” pose. As a sendoff of sorts.. Maybe I’ll add another part someday or put more details into it, probably not though.