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So, after getting a tip from one of my buddies, I kept an eye out for “A Mountain with a Blue glow” in Breath of the Wild. And sure enough, while looking around for Koroks, I eyeballed the phenomenon not that far off, at Satori Mountain and went to investigate.

And I found The Lord of the Mountain.

It’s like some crazy, otherworldly, eldrtichian, two-faced Owl-Horse. It looks like it has beyond max stats for a “Horse” (I could hammer the run button while on it and it would never get tired) and it’s mad fast.

Of course, it might have been a case of “Look, don’t touch” because when I went to register it at a stable, they freaked out saying everyone would be cursed because I took it from the Mountain.

…I think this being is an Easter Egg that’s in memory for the late, great Satoru Iwata? I mean, there’s the whole “Spiritual-ness” to it, as well as it’s description saying “Legends say this holy creature is a reincarnation of a sage that died on the lands it now protects” (Of all the legends in the gaming industry, I’d say that it’d be fair to call Mr. Iwata a “sage” and “dying in the lands it now protects” could be referencing that Mr. Iwata died while still excelling in the industry and his career?). But the biggest thing I think that confirms the connection is that last line: “It’s sometimes known by its other name, Satori.

Now, I’ve played A LOT of the Zelda games. And I don’t just mean “played.” I mean, PLAYED FROM FRONT TO BACK 100% COMPLETIONIST STYLE. And I don’t recall a character with a name “Satori” anywhere. But “Satori” could be a name-in-a-name type deal!

SATORI

SATOR I

SATORu Iwata

See? If this connection is true, and I’m not just doing bonkers “seeing what I want to see” dumbness, it might be the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen in a Videogame.

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Very nice of them.

Wasn’t sure if this was the intention, but the cherry blosom confirms it.

“Mr. Iwata, Mr. Takeda and myself provided feedback and made decisions, but ultimately Mr. Iwata was the head of Nintendo Switch development, so he put a lot of thought and time into Switch. I think that the idea of Nintendo Switch being a device you can take out and anywhere, and the idea of it being a system that really allows networking and communicating with people, I think that’s something Mr. Iwata put a lot of emphasis on.

Because Mr. Iwata was tech-savvy, a lot of our discussion involved trying to figure out how to make the technical things like network capabilities or servers or whatever fun. For example, think about when we added the ability to use a browser on the DS. As time goes on, all of these services become more and more advanced, and so we need to think about “How do we incorporate mobile devices or new browser features that come up?” That’s something Mr. Iwata and I discussed a lot, really trying to decide what to do and what not to do in our hardware.” -Shigeru Miyamoto 

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Awww this is really sweet