Some of Satoru Iwata's famous Iwata Asks columns never got translated for an English audience. One such interview, about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, is finally getting an English translation thanks to one dedicated fan.
Nick Mosier does translation work in his free time, often posting to his site called Game In Japanese. He's posting segmented sections of an interview with The Crystal Bearers developer Akitoshi Kawazu, and even the first page is already interesting.
Satoru Iwata, a former president of Nintendo who died in 2015 due to a bile duct growth, strikes up immediate conversation about Kawazu's path into development. The two bond over a shared love for the early days of computers like the Apple 2, and discuss how Kawazu almost didn't get hired at what is currently Square Enix. Here's an excerpt of Mosier's translation of the section:
Kawazu: It's an embarrassing story but… It started with a part-time job listing magazine. Occasionally, they would have job postings, but I didn't know anything about a company called Square. However, right when they released 水晶のドラゴン [Suishou no Dragon], they had an ad with one of Gen Sato's illustrations and it caught my eye.
Iwata: Game software and the company that made that weren’t related, right?
Kawazu: Right. On top of that, there wasn't much recruiting for jobs making games at the time, so I decided to apply. I received a call and the first thing they said was, 'The deadline was yesterday.'
Kawazu: And I was like, 'Oooh… Oops.' But we got to talking and they told me to come in for an interview.
Iwata: If the person on the phone would have said it's past the deadline so don't bother coming here…
Kawazu: I wonder how things would have turned out. (laughs)
It's very worth your time to read, even if you're not a Crystal Chronicles fanatic. The Iwata Asks series provided a lot of insight into Nintendo's developers, both as creators and as a person, and this one definitely hits a lot of touching notes. It was a series so memorable that it's being compiled into a new book. Big thanks to Mosier for taking the time and care to make this happen.