GDC 06: Iwata tells devs to "think differently"

Nintendo president offers tools "to disrupt traditional methods of game creation" in keynote speech.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--When it was announced that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata would be delivering a keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference this year, the event's organizers said he would "inspire developers to take risks and mine the depths of their imaginations to create innovative games regardless of the size of teams or budgets."

Sure enough, Iwata used his keynote address today to challenge the assembled crowd of developers, asking them to rethink the way they develop games, adding that Nintendo would provide the tools to help them do just that.

One such tool Nintendo is introducing is the motion-sensitive controller of the company's forthcoming console (which the company says is still just code-named Revolution). The controller is intended to let developers make new kinds of games that enrich the playing experience for hardcore gamers and make the whole hobby less intimidating to newcomers.

"This new approach is like stepping onto an unexplored continent for the first time, with all the potential for discovery that suggests," Iwata said. "No one else can match the environment we're creating for expanding the game experience to everyone. Our path is not linear, but dynamic."

In a statement issued alongside Iwata's speech, Nintendo also said, "The new forms of innovative software that can be created by any size developer will be made available for download via Revolution's Virtual Console service." At the very least, it seems that in addition to retro rereleases from classic consoles, Nintendo is looking to offer smaller, downloadable games through the Revolution, perhaps similar to those found in the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Discussion

76 comments
Kingadam21
Kingadam21

I read a lot of good things from Nintendo, but it is true can they really impress us with these new innovations...YES! If any of you fanboys understood what Nintendo has done and will do for the Video games industry you all would never make fun of Nintendo. Nintendo revolutionized video games back in 1985 with Mario Brothers, which most of us know already. The Super Nintendo offered the same thing with many games with better graphics, new style of controller and a large library of games. Sony comes into the picture and basically takes the same strategy's that Nintendo has done, built a more powerful machine and we know the story to that. N64 comes out and push's the envelope with 3D graphics never before seen, and what does Sony do...push their machine to try and match those graphics. So we would have never had those gorgeous games on the PS1...well not that gorgeous. Nintendo introduces the rumble pack...what is now standard in every controller??? Xbox comes into the picture does the same thing rips off everyone (mostly Nintendo) and creates a more powerful machine. The one thing I give M$ is their online gaming...they were innovative in that sense, and good to do it. Don't give me a bunch of crap the Sony had online services first...they did but it was a joke. When all is said and done Nintendo has set the standard for console games and they are the only company who try

Kbs64
Kbs64

This is going to be hot and make Nintendo stand out

buildar
buildar

I'm still skeptical since other companies can do what nintendo has done, especially with downloadable games. The controller still seems gimmicky to me, but hey i'll decide once i've used it.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

We need more people like Miyamoto and Iwata. And we need them to work for nintendo.

Sandman100
Sandman100

He a cool guy. The Revolution looks like a very cool next-gen consoles. It is want a new consoles should be. A revolution. I will downloaded the classic games from the pasted.

8bitCrazy
8bitCrazy

Im excited about the REV, its sounding so awsome. This console will have some sweet graphics, possibly not on par with my 360s but everyone is over reacting as if REV will only do 8 bit. The PS3 will be like Star Wars Episode One, something everyone wanted but when it was released turned out to be worse than Episode 4, even with enhanced CGI. I play my Game Cube more then my 360, even with Gold. Its about the games, developers should open their minds more.

DrKill09
DrKill09

"think differently"?! I guess he means "Our console is a child's toy, and has no graphical power. All the games will be made to run at the ultra high res of 800x600, and run at a mind boggling 15fps. Our controller will also let you change channels when you watch tv. You will only be able to play simple games. No high tech games for the Revolution. That wouldn't be Revolutionary" That's how that guy sounds to me. :D

GamerDude02
GamerDude02

Its to bad there arent more developers like him

s0l0123
s0l0123

The future is looking bright for Nintendo (yay).

Darkmic
Darkmic

Ho please ... Dear Nintendo ... Please ... Confirm Resident Evil 5 on Revolution ... PLEASE ! xD

Los9090
Los9090

I lke this because he sounds so confidint

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

I hope developers listen to Iwata and not just port games to the rev. Nintendo is going something new & different that will change the way we play games.

papichuloazul
papichuloazul

well i'm very disappoint at nintendo revolution. i don't like his idea. But my idea......how about new 3D like resident evil 4 and god of war to great graphic art games...But I want to change make new re-graphics art re-3D old classic games better than 2D I admit order classic games must re-graphic art, re-3D... I don't buy old graphic art classic games... it's easy for re-graphic art as re-3D classic games...I wish for re-graphic art as re-3D goldeneye 007 and perfect dark number #1 like best graphic "resident evil 4, god of war, halo 2"...come on gamespot? will you read what I saying? you know what i mean? so go talk to nintendo revolution. I have to admit you make new re-graphic arts classic games...thank for updates

meimnobody
meimnobody

Imvanas the real purpose for the HDD in the 360 and PS3 is to force people to buy an addiontal periperhal. Microsoft claimed the HDD wasn't neccessary for gaming however they later changed their tune. Sony hasn't even said the HDD is going to be standard with the PS3 but they are saying it will be needed. They are both using the HDD to download their games onto it in their words reduce loading screens when if they actually had them optimized in the first place they wouldn't need to do so. As for patches Microsoft seems to be taking the lazy way out instead of making their developers fix the bugs before launch. Nintendo very few games are bugged. Microsoft 360 appears to have a number of game and console killing software bugs. Nintendo does have a storage medium on the Revolution and the USB ports allow the possibility of an external HD. Anything downloaded to the revolution won't disapper if the system is turned off. Bother to pay attention to what Nintendo has said and has not said. Nintendo's virtual console with free wifi can do demos and game movies without forcing people to buy a HDD.

meimnobody
meimnobody

People nintendo is rumored to have several things up their sleeves when it comes to graphics. Their comments do indicate this and reveal why they refuse to show anything prior to E3. They may very well launch in June after all they launched the DS after E3 with several titles no one had heard about it. Nintendo patents due tend to suggest expandable internal storage. Nintendo isn't offering gametap they offering the pure game versions as well as the ability to have corrected versions such as bug fixes and updated graphics. Nintendo's virtual console can do the gamecube no backwards compability updates like with the 360 or PS2 but true backwards compability. Meaning developers could make games with the capabilibties of the SNES and Genesis or N64 simply because the games don't need to go any higher. We have seen numerous games this generation that sold exteremely well or were critically acclaimed that quite frankly could have been put on the last gen of consoles or even a few generations back. However the thing is those games cost far more then if they had been developed for the past consoles. The VC will allow developers to avoid the high cost of developing for this gen for a game that doesn't need it. Nintendo could have enough tech aces up their sleeve they outperform the 360 and PS3 in graphics. They certaintly made the gamecube able to outperform the xbox in certain aspects as well as compete graphically with it. Nintendo has been working for years to differente themselves. Nintendo wants to expand the market like they have with the DS. The DS is looking to repeat in America and Europe what they have done in Japan namely bring in the non gamers and the casuals in droves. The VC can allow people who missed out on generations of games to experience them. As well allow people who no longer have those games or didn't get the chance to play those games very long a safe and perfectly legal way to discover those gaming gems as well as the turds. I suspect only two consoles were mentioned because if Nintendo had mentioned all the consoles they had lined they would have revealed too much. They want to build up the shock and awe for the Revolution unvieling.

pyth0n13
pyth0n13

nintendo's is always thinking differently

rbarahona
rbarahona

Think different... I can't wait to see what Nintendo will offer to us. I agree that developers should think different in order of making more innovative games (Katamari Damacy for example). I'm really looking forward to get a Revolution (or whatever the final name will be).

MetaKnightz
MetaKnightz

Well i think they need more people like miyamoto and reggie.

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

yessss i like the sound of this no more same old games finally sumtin new and exciting

barnold81
barnold81

Thank god they have Iwata in command now.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Iwata said it best: "No one else can match the environment we're creating for expanding the game experience to everyone. Our path is not linear, but dynamic." Nintendo will Revolution-ize the next-gen gaming industry.

Strider_Hiru
Strider_Hiru

firudesu: Your last sentence made me raise my eyebrows. They have gotten the MOST money out of the battle of PS2/XBOX/GC. Maybe because it was cheaper in many ways. They made the MOST profit. And its one they are following with the Rev, but also trying to do something new ala the DS. I don't expect Capcom to like the Rev very much. After all, most of their games are rehashes of older ones with very little changed. RE2 was like RE3. Now Zelda, thats a little different. They are pretty different in many ways.

landau492
landau492

THE BEGINING OF THE END FOR NINTENDO .

BYS2
BYS2

true MyGrover. Nintendo knows it can't compete with sony and microsoft in terms of actual processing and graphical prowess, so they try to make this whole 'revolution' thing work for them.

townsenda1
townsenda1

Sounds interesting. Can't wait. Nintendo full of surprises.

Imavnas
Imavnas

SirFatalChaos: Your obviously a noob fanboy yourself as you know little of why Storage space is a necessary requirement in both the 360 and the PS3. WIthout the HDD's the aformentioned systems wouldnt have any space for extra downloadable content, for game demos, for patches and bug fixes, etc etc etc. And btw, regarding those false %'s of yours, theirs a reason why the Premium 360 systems are SOLD OUT everywhere as opposed to the Core systems of which I can go to Walmart right now and buy. Its called the HDD. And btw, the Revolution will have a relatively small amount of built in memory and if you wish to download games from the virtual console to it your going to have to buy SD Flash Memory cards. Also, without the cards, youll have to consistently redownload those retro games, as theyll dissappear after every system reset.

swhorl
swhorl

I'm certainly looking forward to the revolution. I wish more people were willing to take chances and make changes. I hope it all works out.

SirFatalChaos
SirFatalChaos

1. Thanks castlevaniaX for his nubcake fanboy post. 2. danny_s1, Nintendo doesn't need to bare all to the public now. All PS3 is really doing is flexing it's "high powered muscles (graphics)" to show off, when it has no personality (innovation and creativity). The last shall be first. The Revolution will have a built in memory card and I know they will have bigger internal memory cards. They didn't want to put a 60 gig memory card that costs $100 in it because less than 30%(less than that really) would use it or even use 10 gig. They didn't want to make it high priced when they know not everyone wants to use the memory card that much, or even that much memory, so it pulls in more people with it's lost cost. 3. And thanks mrdelriego for making also another nubcake fanboy post. If there was no such thing as a revolution, the French would still be ruled by all the rich people and the USA would be ruled by England. 4. If anyone agrees with me say, "HEYO!!"

Ericvon71
Ericvon71

I hope good things for Nintendo, competition is always good! I just hope this isn't another gimmick!

firudesu
firudesu

ok im getting tired of iwata hes doing my head in look nintendo need to learn fast that not everyone is into games and no matter what u do you wont get everyone playing them so girls dont like games its a waste of time to them so why the heck would they want a console aimed at them action man a huge brand name do THEY make action man for girls no they dont they know there audience and stick to it nintendo need to do these the people here saying we need people like iwata dont understand nintendo NEED TO BE DIFFRENT TO SURIVE they even said that which means that they choose this way because they need it ALSO THEY ARE AIMING AT ANOTHER MARKET BECAUSE THERE MARKET SHARE IS AT ITS LOWEST AND THEY CANT WIN THE HEARTS OF THE GAMERS THEY HAVE so they are changing there tactic nintendo rev a nice idea but will it last i dont think so will u pay top money for a game called mario fishing or a game where its a pick up and play game THE REASON THE DS IS SO POPULAR IS BECAUSE OF THESE PICK UP AND PLAY GAMES but thats what you wont on a handheld not a game that takes 40 hours to get into will that make a change to a console NO it wont nintendo are not thinking about hardcore gamers there not even thinking of any type of gamers they are thinking of NON GAMERS and i dont wanna be part of a company who seems to have just turned there back on us because there not getting enough money

Gohanmohan
Gohanmohan

All talk and no substance... just observe the Gamecube

mrdelriego
mrdelriego

I guess thats what keeps nintendo on the 1st place of console gaming...oh wait a minute... we ned EVOLUTION not revolution. hail your majesty the 360!!

AlexWills
AlexWills

I cant believe it, but I m not getting my hopes up. (like i did with the gamecube)

Jengo07
Jengo07

It doesnt really matter if Nintendo Showed a Demo or not, who cares? They say its 2x to 3x as powerful as gamecube, and thats good enough for me, i want great games, not great graphics. 3X as powerful as Gamecube is good enough for me. i want to see all these fantastic games that small developers are finally going to be able to make. Not only that, but i want to see the Controller Shell :)

Merl57
Merl57

I hope it turns out good

Sekeru
Sekeru

Everone just wait till E3 and see some demos there will deffinetly be some.Then we can see if the controller is as good as they say and see what type of power the system could have.Keeping in mind that what will be there will still be prototypes.But will be an indication of what we can expect from it.Personaly i cant wait to see how SSBR will look and feel with the controller.

gaiden1024
gaiden1024

I wish we could see the video , but it does sound inspiriing even the little he said , personally I love the idea of small cheap games , but I will still need a 2 minutes or so demo before deciding if i wanna buy it ( I hate being pwned by a crappy game)

danny_s1
danny_s1

Ever heard of gametap? That's basically what Nintendo will be offering in terms of their service of downloadable older generation games; however, not really downloading just in memory until you turn off the machine. It's really the same technology as the kiosks with the Nintendo DS.

Corvin
Corvin

I've been regaining a little bit of respect lately for Nintendo that slipped away long ago in their pathetic N64 days. However I urge them not to overblow how unique and incredible they think their new controller system is. Yeah it could, COULD, lead to some cool new games but make no mistake, the Virtual Gameboy coulda done that too and well... there you have it... Its still got a gimmicky aura and I still feel the end result will be a few innovative games, but mostly just yesterdays games dressed up in new control scheme. Different for the sake of different isn't necessarily progress nor creativity . . .

Kahones
Kahones

Let's just hope they actually get some good 3rd Party support this round.

TacoJelly
TacoJelly

God I hope hope hope we can use those nifty usb ports in the back of the console to store all these cool games on an external HD. I like the strategy of having only 512 MB flash, it makes the console small and inexpensive, but if they don't allow it to be expanded (i know the SD card thing, but I dont use SD cards for anything) through a flash drive or external HD that will really suck.

danny_s1
danny_s1

Why was there no live demo of the Revolution like how Sony showed off their PS3 with more new gameplay this year's GDC? Here's what I think, Sony is already for their launch with developers like Insomniac Games backing up the launch date while Nintendo has nothing to show yet and still boasting a Nov. launch with no full dev kits to the developers. There will be hardly any exclusive Revolution titles during its release, but choke full of the downloadable older games available. Does anyone agree?

castlevaniaX
castlevaniaX

Let me get him right. oh yah...Nintendo isn't the leader of the gaming world any more. It's sony where Nintendo has to stick with.