Breath of the Wild’s game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi recently talked to The New Yorker about Breath of the Wild. When asked about Iwata and his passing he had this to say:
When Iwata passed away, there were moments we’d come up with an idea which we’d be excited to talk to Iwata about. Then we’d remember he was no longer here. Miyamoto told me it was the same for him. He’d come up with an idea at the weekend and would feel excited to speak to Iwata about it on Monday, only to remember. The sadness runs deep. This is approaching spiritual talk, but we had the sense that he was watching over our work. That became a source of motivation, a drive for us to improve and be better.
Sounds like the passing of Iwata really shook up the team. I am glad they were able to overcome difficult times.