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Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Honor Satoru Iwata With Hidden Tribute

The former President of Nintendo is honored in the latest Pokemon game for 3DS.


Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been in the hands of Nintendo fans for the past week and there are some cool things gamers are discovering about Alola. Several Pokemasters have been pointing out a tribute to the late Satoru Iwata, former President of Nintendo. Iwata-san passed away in the summer of 2015, but we are still witnessing his vision for Nintendo's future play out.

The company's entrance into smartphone gaming as well as Nintendo Switch were some of Iwata-san's last ideas. Before his time as President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata helped a number of development teams at the company. The Pokemon Company has slipped a reference to one of those times that Iwata-san saved the day while developing Pokemon Gold and Silver. Please take a look.

Players who transfer a Pokemon from Gold or Silver into the Pokemon Bank can discuss the game's history with Morimoto. He goes on to say that, "When we were having trouble fitting all the data in for Gold and Silver, and we were really in a pinch, this amazing guy came along and made a program for us that solved all our problems. He went on to become the amazing president of a real big company soon after that, too." Iwata-san was known for getting his hands dirty and helping debug a variety of Nintendo games, so this story shouldn't come as much of a surprise. It is just another lovely tribute to the iconic former President of Nintendo.

In case you missed our coverage last week, please take a look at our review of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and Brittany Vincent's first impressions.


Asif Khan is the Luminary and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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