If you’ve been rushing through the newly released Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, you may have missed a touching tribute to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
Discovering the secret requires a bit of legwork; you’ll first have to transfer a Pokemon from a previous game in the series to your save, and then visit the Game Freak offices in HeaHea City. You’ll then get this piece of dialogue from an NPC (via Serebii):
And in full:
When we were having trouble fitting all the data in for Gold and Silver, and we were really in a pinch, this amazing guy came along and made a program for us that solved all our problems. He went on to become the amazing president of a real big company soon after that, too.
The quote is in reference to a famous Iwata story. When developing Pokemon Gold and Silver for the original GameBoy, Iwata wanted the Kanto region from Red/Blue to also be included on the cartridge. Space requirements at the time made the task impossible, so Iwata devised his own data compression method to accomplish the task.
Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 at age 55.
Have you been playing Pokemon Ultra Sun or Moon? Have you found this touching tribute? Let us know in the comments below!