Fans Discover Satoru Iwata Tribute In 'The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of the Wild'

By Michael Augustin , Updated Mar 13, 2017 05:16 AM EDT
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The Iwata Tribute hidden in 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'
Several players who have been playing "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" claim to have discovered a hidden tribute to Satoru Iwata.
(Photo: Seaniccus/YouTube ScreenShot)

Several players who have been playing "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" claim to have discovered a hidden tribute to Satoru Iwata. Iwata was a Nintendo Executive who passed away back in 2015. Gamers have reported that a particular NPC in the game seems to have been designed as to honor that late CEO.

A video was shared on YouTube by a user named Seaniccus and refers to an NPC named Botrick. The user claims that the character somehow resembles the late company executive. Players reportedly find the NPC around the Outskirt Stable area close to the RPG's starting point. Game Rant reports that Botrick is an approachable guard who has a middle-parting-hair and wears a pair of glasses just like Iwata.

Additionally, he is described have an older appearance, which enhance their supposed similarities. According to Seaniccus, he noticed that Botrick did not appear like any of the other guard in "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild". However, he noted that most obvious hint that the NPC is a tribute to Satoru Iwata is reportedly his interaction with players. Players noticed that the character offers better trade deals compared to other merchants. He also gives players some helpful advice in some circumstances.

Surprisingly, Botrick also tells players to go to Satori Mountain and chat with the Lord of the Mountain. Gamers who visit the place will reportedly discover a peaceful and beautiful area, which also noticeably just one letter away from Satoru. Reports have indicated that the development team was greatly affected by the executive's passing.

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" currently belongs to one of the most positively-reviewed games in gaming history. Satoru Iwata is apparently credited by the game's director Hidemaro Fujibayashi, who revealed that his team felt that the late Nintendo CEO was "watching over" them. Therefore, it possibly explains the reason for the hidden tribute for him in the game. Gamenguide also previously reported that Shigeru Miyamoto credits the Nintendo Switch's development to the late company executive.

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