Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will be holding a one-hour keynote speech at the upcoming Game Developers Conference, Jeux-France reports. The Babelfish translation of the article is only partly discernable. This is what I can make out: The speech is to take place on the 23rd of March, from 10:30 - 11:30. It will focus on the Nintendo DS, but Revolution news is also expected.
There is also mention of a link on the GDC´s keynote page having been removed. The current page still has no complete list of keynote speakers. I have been keeping an eye on that page daily, though. I never saw any relevant information disappear. Perhaps a proper translation of the article can bring a little light into this.
EDIT No need of any translations anymore. It´s official: Satoru Iwata will headline the list of keynote speakers. The Game Developers Conference page confirms:
Platform Keynote: Disrupting DevelopmentWhat Iwata may reveal is another thing, though. The UK´s premier industry magazine MCV has been told that Iwata will unveil key details. While I trust MCV´s judgement, they wouldn´t tell me anything about their source. It need not even have been a Nintendo employee. So their information could be wrong. I myself think that the name of the system will be revealed. I do not expect to see any screenshots or footage, though.
President, Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Thursday, March 23
10:30 – 11:30am
This year will see the arrival of more new portable and home game systems, and outside attention remains predictably focused on technical specifications and processing muscle. This is not trivial; but also not newsworthy. After all, every new system is more powerful than its predecessor.
Developers know what drives the video game business. It is our work. We are the creators, the innovators, the entertainers. We understand that people who imagine things, even more than the people who engineer them, are the key to reaching players.
Unfortunately, the application of imagination is getting more and more difficult. Larger games require more hours, more manpower, and a lot more money. And as budgets rise, the appetite for risk falls.
As Nintendo has demonstrated with Nintendo DS, our goal is to expand the industry to new players—and to surprise existing players.
In a speech entitled, ”Disrupting Development,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will reveal the backstory of how a string of recent disruptive products from Nintendo—the Nintendo DS, the ‘brain-training’ games, and Nintendo WiFi Connection—surprised the market. He will share his thoughts on the role Nintendo’s video game systems will play in expanding the market and widening the possibilities for developers.
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