Iwata should get a Formspring account.

It's no secret that I like Nintendo. I did once pledge my allegiance to some force that defends the Wii, but it's not just the games that make Nintendo great. See, there's this dude in a suit named Satoru Iwata. He's kind of a big deal at Nintendo and he often makes the credits of their video games. He also loves to talk about Nintendo and its games after their release. He even has his own little spot on Nintendo's website called Iwata Asks
 
Some of you may know about it already. 
 
Iwata Asks, for those who don't know, is a series of interesting discussions about the inner workings of the company and its developers. There's often a lot of (laughs) and some interesting tidbits about how certain game elements were considered, what parts of the game did or didn't make the final product, and the early moments of game development. It's pretty cool to see somebody as high up in the ranks as Iwata go more in-depth into the whole process and brainstorming that goes on behind the scenes. 
 
For example, Kirby's Epic Yarn didn't start out as a Kirby game, but Fluff was actually the star of the game. However, at some point during the process, there was a suggestion to make it a Kirby game and the rest is history. Of course Fluff kinda looked Kirby-like. (laughs) 
 
So if you ever wanted to know how Wii Music came to be or their opinions on Snake and Sonic's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, ask Iwata. 

It's Iwata!
Hmm... never noticed the red eyes. Oh shit, he's sentient!
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Posted by Dalai

It's no secret that I like Nintendo. I did once pledge my allegiance to some force that defends the Wii, but it's not just the games that make Nintendo great. See, there's this dude in a suit named Satoru Iwata. He's kind of a big deal at Nintendo and he often makes the credits of their video games. He also loves to talk about Nintendo and its games after their release. He even has his own little spot on Nintendo's website called Iwata Asks
 
Some of you may know about it already. 
 
Iwata Asks, for those who don't know, is a series of interesting discussions about the inner workings of the company and its developers. There's often a lot of (laughs) and some interesting tidbits about how certain game elements were considered, what parts of the game did or didn't make the final product, and the early moments of game development. It's pretty cool to see somebody as high up in the ranks as Iwata go more in-depth into the whole process and brainstorming that goes on behind the scenes. 
 
For example, Kirby's Epic Yarn didn't start out as a Kirby game, but Fluff was actually the star of the game. However, at some point during the process, there was a suggestion to make it a Kirby game and the rest is history. Of course Fluff kinda looked Kirby-like. (laughs) 
 
So if you ever wanted to know how Wii Music came to be or their opinions on Snake and Sonic's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, ask Iwata. 

It's Iwata!
Hmm... never noticed the red eyes. Oh shit, he's sentient!
Posted by Pepsiman

As a development history nerd myself, Iwata Asks is a fantastic segment. It's really interesting to hear them discuss how things turned out the way they did and the sometimes pretty surprising events that led up to them. The 3DS hardware interviews, for example, revealed that the GameCube actually had the necessary circuitry to render 3D and they had a version of Luigi's Mansion running in glasses-less 3D. Really, just the little things about what was and what never will be continually fascinate me with that sort of stuff, especially with Nintendo. It's probably why getting old prototypes of their games leaked online tends to make for a hell of a holy grail when it actually happens.

Posted by Video_Game_King

So that's what lies under the chicken mask.

Posted by Claude

Someone needs to ask him when a new F-Zero game is coming out. That's for sure.