Iwata keynoting GDC for fourth time

Nintendo president anchoring next month's Game Developers Conference with a look back on 25 years of gaming, predictions of what comes next.

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Satoru Iwata is becoming something of a Game Developers Conference fixture. Organizers of the event today announced that the Nintendo president will deliver the featured keynote address for the fourth time at this year's show, which runs February 28 through March 4 in San Francisco.

The man with Nintendo's plan.

Iwata's talk will be titled "Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future." While gaming has actually been around significantly longer than a quarter century, the 25th birthday referenced in Iwata's talk presumably refers to the Nintendo Entertainment System, which saw a staggered North American release in 1985 and 1986.

In 2005, Iwata's GDC keynote address doled out early details on the Wii (then called the Revolution), confirming built-in Wi-Fi support and offering a peek at the system's technology, but omitting any mention of the motion-sensing controller. The following year, the executive returned to announce the DS debut of the Legend of Zelda series with The Phantom Hourglass and offer first details of the Virtual Console. In 2009, the Nintendo president's address played out similarly to his 2006 keynote address, unveiling a new Legend of Zelda DS game (Spirit Tracks) and expansions to the company's downloadable catalog with Virtual Console arcade games and high-capacity SD card support with which to store them.

The keynote address will spearhead a GDC schedule of more than 400 lectures, panels, and other sessions spread out over the course of the week. Already announced highlights include a look at the generative music system of Thief 4, tech talks on the visuals of Battlefield 3, a "Failure Workshop" where developers of hit games talk about their biggest mistakes, and more. For more on the show and a complete list of announced sessions, visit the official GDC 2011 website.

Discussion

24 comments
melante
melante

Now, if he would give everyone over there a free 3DS (like MS with the 360slim at E3 or Google, who gave a free phone to all attendees at the Mobile Game Summit at last year GDC), that would be AWESOME!

widdowson91
widdowson91

@smithboy1177: What about Skyward Sword, aren't you psyched for that? It'll be very hard for 2011 to top 2010 for Nintendo though.

widdowson91
widdowson91

@oneligas: The Sony and Microsoft consoles reuse the same franchises over and over again too. Call of Duty is a typical example. How many Call of Duty games have come this gen? More then Mario and Zelda combined, that even less inventive and imaginative. The fact of the matter is that it doesn't matter if they use Mario, Metroid or Zelda a lot, the games are still great. The 2 highest rated games this gen are two Mario games, the games you're bashing. The highest rated game of last gen was Metroid Prime. The highest rated gamw of the gen before that was Ocarina of Time. Yes they reuse them, but is brilliant ways.

-Snooze-
-Snooze-

They still make some of the highest rated game in various genres ... Who cares if it re-uses characters?

oneligas
oneligas

here is the nintendo business model that always happens: step 1 new console, step 2 new mario step 3 new Zelda step 4 wash and repeat every five to ten years. you just cannot argue this is what nintendo has become. i owned a NES years ago and i played games that were orginal at the time now the Wii and DS is shovelware games by the ton and i don't need more nintendo remakes

widdowson91
widdowson91

@oneligas: With the exception of the Wii every console Nintendo released has been the most powerful, or nearly the most powerful, consolel of its generation. The NES was the most powerful console ever when released. The Super NES was more powerful then the Mega Drive. The N64 was more powerful then the PlayStation. The GameCube was more powerful then the PS2 (it just lacked a DVD player). So your logic is wrong. End of.

smithboy1177
smithboy1177

As a Wii owner, I feel kind of ripped off. With the exception of B-rated rhythm games I feel like Nintendo abandoned me for 2011.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Look forward to what he says, any Nintendo news will gladden me.

oneligas
oneligas

heck i can predict the next 25 years of nintendo, 5 to 7 new mario games, 5 to 7 new zelda games, 3 to 6 new metroid game, 3 to 5 new donkey kong games and 0-2 f-zero/punch-out/pilotwings/supersmashbros games on consoles 1-2 generations behind current standards and handhelds that are updated every 18 months with a new feature or two

mrhagane
mrhagane

My personal top CEO 1. Satoru Iwata 2. Ken Kutagiri 3. Steve Balmer 99999999999. Bobby Kotick

IrshDrkWlf
IrshDrkWlf

@SolidTy Actually Masahiro Sakurai created Kirby at 19; he is also the guy who created the Smash Bros series. After Sakurai left Hal Lab, Iwata went to him personally to ask him to develope SSBBrawl as he did not want anyone else developing it. There will be more info on the 3DS, my guess is the price and date for the States. Usually he has some new info that Nintendo has kept secret from everyone I just wonder what it is, oh well guess we'll have to wait.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

The dollar being 15% weaker than than the Japanese yen, I think it would be 250 at the min. and up to 300 dollars at max. unless Nintendo losses money on every DS sold to be nice to the fans. / Would Nintendo really do that?

bobcheeseball
bobcheeseball

Maybe we can finally see some more Skyward Sword :D

Flint247
Flint247

Can't wait to hear some more Nintendo news! :D

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

Perhaps info on the Wii 2? If that doesn't come up, then I won't mind, but I hope it's something interesting besides "This game comes out on this date."

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

Hopefully, he has something interesting to say this time. Given his track record, it's more likely than not.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

It would be a good opportunity for Mr. Iwata to discuss the 3DS a few days after its Japanese release.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

YAY! Satoru Iwata never fails to impress when he talks, now he gets a huge show :D Probably for last showing of 3DS before launch and maybe pikmin 3 will be shown, would be nice.

Zanoh
Zanoh

Everytime he steps up, nintendo releases something. :)

Cruse34
Cruse34

I'm sure Nintendo will have something new to share when Mr. Iwata takes the stadge

bobcheeseball
bobcheeseball

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