Tears of the Kingdom continues tribute to Satoru Iwata in an even lovelier way
A beautiful tribute to the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata continues in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and it’s even better than the last.
Tears of the Kingdom spoilers ahead!
Breath of the Wild was a special game for many reasons, but easily one of the most memorable moments has to do with one place in particular: Satori Mountain. At some point during his game, he may have seen said mountain shining in the distance, and if he headed there, he would encounter the Lord of the Mountain, also known as Satori. There are no life-changing gameplay mechanics, it’s just a beautiful moment that served to honor Iwata, beloved by many at Nintendo. And in Tears of the Kingdom, the Lord of the Mountain returns to continue that tribute, and he does it in a unique way.
On your travels in Hyrule, you might come across a pink cherry tree. They’ll usually be pretty easy to spot, as there are very few of them in the entire game, only eight in total. In these trees you will find a small stone statue with a plate attached where you can offer a fruit. If you do, you’ll begin to see glowing auras scattered across the nearby landscape, pointing you toward hidden caves. .
If you’ve explored the caves, you’ll know that hidden among them are Bubbulfrogs, which once hit enough times produce Bubbul Gems, a key item that helps you unlock various items as part of a particular quest line. These auras don’t stick around forever, but you can offer another fruit and they will reappear.
Iwata was known for being very hands-on and involved in the development of multiple Nintendo games (thanks to him you can explore all of Kanto in Pokémon Gold and Silver), so it seems fitting that the tribute to him has the Lord of the Mountains helping us out. everyone on our new journey in Hyrule.