In a new book, Earthbound's creator recalls how Satoru Iwata stepped in and saved the project.
In a new book called Iwata-san, Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi recalls how Satoru Iwata helped save Earthbound from a rough development cycle.
“I think it was in Tokyo at Ape Inc, the studio where we were developing Earthbound, where I first met Iwata,” said Itoi in the book (quote provided by IGN). “We were facing severe difficulties with the development of Earthbound. It had become so difficult that we had to ask Iwata’s help."
This was actually an interesting period in Iwata's life. He was still serving as one of Earthbound developer Hal Laboratory's most gifted programmers, but he was also named CEO of the studio by then-Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi after the developer encountered some financial troubles. In an old quote, Iwata recalls that the