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Latest 'Pokémon' games include an ode to Nintendo's late president

It's an acknowledgment of Satoru Iwata's immense contributions to gaming.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
11.24.17 in AV
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Developers are still eager to show their gratitude to Nintendo's late Satoru Iwata. Gamers have learned that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon include a clear, heartfelt tribute to the company's long-serving president. It requires that you have a creature carried over from Pokémon Silver (thankfully available in the eShop) and a trek to the Game Freak building in Heahea City, but it's worth the effort to read a short-but-sweet anecdote about one of Nintendo's most appreciated leaders.

As a character explains, the small team at Game Freak had difficulty cramming all the data for Pokémon Gold and Silver into the limited memory of Game Boy cartridges. Thankfully this "amazing guy" (Iwata, who was well-known for his programming skills) wrote software that helped the content fit. You likely know what happened after that -- Gold and Silver went on to become monster hits, and Iwata rose quickly through the corporate ladder to become president in 2002.

There are other development mini-stories if you bring creatures from other past games into Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, so it's worth mixing up your roster if you want to see absolutely everything. The Iwata ode is clearly the highlight, though, and shows just how extensive his legacy is.

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