Viz Media has announced it’s localizing the 2019 book collecting interviews with Satoru Iwata, the late Nintendo CEO. Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Nintendo’s Legendary CEO releases Spring 2021 in physical and digital editions in North America.
The book, in part, compiles various transcripts from a decade of interviews in the “Iwata Asks” series, a project he worked on from 2006 until his death in 2015. Iwata Asks typically featured Iwata and Nintendo developers discussing popular first-party series releases, hardware, and more. The series went in-depth on the Wii, Nintendo DS, 3DS, and Wii U, from both a hardware philosophy as well as the platforms’ software libraries. There will also be contributions from Iwata’s collaborators such as Shigeru Miyamoto.
The book was originally edited and published by Japanese company Hobonichi, which was founded by Shigesato Itoi, the director of the beloved SNES game Earthbound. Viz Media, the book’s English-language publisher, commonly releases manga adaptations of video games, including The Legend of Zelda.
Ask Iwata doesn’t have a firm release date, and it’s not available to pre-order just yet. However, if you want to read some of Iwata’s insightful interviews, Nintendo has a wide assortment of transcripts from the series on its website. There are also a few Iwata Asks videos on Nintendo’s YouTube channel.