Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata delivered his GDC keynote address today at 9am PST (4pm GMT), and we reported the entire speech in live text form on this page.

Iwata unveiled a brand new Zelda game for DS, detailed the Wii Shop storage update released today, and whipped the wrappers off a host of upcoming WiiWare and DSi first-party titles.

The full transcript of his GDC keynote address follows, with the earliest entries presented first.

Our live coverage of this event has finished

Coverage

16:00

Hello everyone! Here we are, live from the Satoru Iwata keynote at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.


16:00

He's due to start speaking in just a few minutes, but there's no sign of the man himself yet.


16:00

We've managed to get a nice spot in the front row, just a dozen seats across from Reggie Fils-Aime. He's not doing anything exciting. Perhaps he's just quietly taking names in his head.


16:01

Cammie Dunaway's here too. She's wearing a lovely dark suit-skirt combo. Michelle Obama eat your heart out.


16:02

The theme for this year's lighting seems to be Blue. A sort of PlayStation blue, in fact. Could we be in for an amazing announcement regarding the union at last of Sony and Nintendo? No.


16:03

The rumours about what Iwata will discuss today have been flying. A couple of people have said we're set to see some brand new WiiWare games for the first time. Or how about a storage solution for the Wii?


16:05

While we're waiting, who wants to play Nintendo Keynote Drinking Bingo? Get yourself a bottle of vodka and a shot glass (we've got a hip flask). Take a shot every time Iwata says the words "accessibility", "female" or "broadening the demographic".


16:05

Tom reports the Wii Shop went offline a little while ago, and now a system update is available. He's downloading right now.


16:09

Also during the keynote, we'll be playing GRAPHWATCH. Iwata will score one point every time he shows us a graph pointing up. Two points for a pie chart. What do you reckon his final score will be, readers?


16:09

Iwata is on stage, having been introduced by Meggan Schiavo, conference director. He's wearing a leather blazer! He's so rock and roll!


16:10

No translator for Iwata, he's doing the English himself. He's talking about "mainstream acceptance". Surely that counts as "accessibility".


16:10

Global shipments of Wii are now 50 million, making it the fastest-selling hardware in videogame history.


16:11

Over the last three years the size of the videogame market in Europe and America rapidly "expanded", says Iwata. Shot.


16:11

GRAPHWATCH! THE FIRST GRAPH IS UP!


16:11

GRAPH TWO! It's all pointing up.


16:12

GRAPHWATCH UPDATE! Graph number three. Basically they can all be summarised as "Nintendo W1N".


16:12

"The market has expanded as videogames have been accepted by more consumers than ever before," says Iwata. Shot.


16:12

LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY WATCH! Some photos of old buffers and tiny children are on the screen.


16:13

Iwata wants to "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart." Presumably for making him the richest man in Christendom.


16:14

He understands some people are "unsettled" by audience expansion, and concerned that only Nintendo software does well for Nintendo systems. But this isn't the case, says Iwata, He'll explain why in a bit.


16:15

Time for a trip down memory lane. Iwata's talking about the company he worked for before Nintendo. A photo of the SNES is on the screen.


16:16

He went to visit Nintendo and showed Miyamoto a new game. Miyamoto said, "With a few months, this game will be perfect." Iwata just opened his mouth. "We had two more days."


16:16

There's an amazing slide on the screen titled "DEATH SPIRAL", showing a big orange spiral. At the top there's a label titled "FINANCIAL PRESSURE".


16:17

"Once you enter the DEATH SPIRAL, it is difficult to escape," says Iwata. He's talking about how financial pressure leads to less development time, poorer quality games and therefore less sales.


16:18

"I believe the reason Nintendo was able to make better games was simply because they had more money, which created more time."


16:18

But that's what he thought before. Now he thinks it's really about the fact Nintendo develops games in a different way.


16:19

Now there's a picture of Miyamoto's smiling happy face on the screen. Iwata is going to give us an insight into his work.


16:20

"His concepts almost always begin in the same place - by simply observing other human beings. He loves doing this. He's curious, and when he sees something people enjoy he'll consider over and over what part of that activity people think is fun."


16:21

"By now, you know how his personal hobbies have turned into games. When he started gardening, pretty soon there was a game called Pikmin. When he got a new puppy, his development team was not surprised to find they would be working on a new project called Nintendogs."


16:21

Now Iwata's talking about NDAs. "With Miyamoto, I have also asked him to stop talking about any hobby he does when he's not at work."


16:22

A new slide - Miyamoto's Way: "Upward Spiral". He sees that ideas are everywhere. "Even as one project starts, he's observing other people having fun in other ways."


16:22

Most developers prepare a thick design document, but Miyamoto "almost never" writes one, says Iwata. He just talks about his ideas.


16:22

He starts out by making a prototype, and makes sure the team avoids any irrelevant experiments along the way.


16:23

Iwata is showing us the prototype for Wii Sports boxing. It was all about how the nunchuk and controller and how they work, not the visuals - "that could be polished later on". So the prototype just shows characters as blocks, there are no human features.


16:24

Miyamoto also likes to work with small teams, apparently. And he likes to work on multiple projects at once. "You may have heard Miyamoto is some kind of perfectionist. This is true in many areas. But in each phase of development, he can clearly distinguish which details must be perfectly finished, and separate them from parts which can be tentatively considered."


16:25

There's lots of trial and error, says Iwata. "Sometimes, no matter how hard they work, those small teams struggle to meet their objective. The prototype phase lasts for more than two years, and sometimes we have to stop work and set the project aside."


16:26

Miyamoto likes trial and error during the stage when only a small number of developers are working on a project.


16:26

And so on to the mass production stage. Come on sir, give us some games eh?


16:27

"It is a strange twist of fate that Mr Miyamoto, who was once my mentor, now reports to me. Now this is a pleasant situation, but it was not always."


16:28

There are lots of photos of Miyamoto and Iwata sitting together in an office. They are laughing, One of them has probably just reminded the other one how much money they've got.


16:29

Miyamoto has a tendency to "upend the teatable" when it comes to schedules, says Iwata. Sometimes there are complete surprises when the core concept is distorted.


16:29

"I must point out that no matter what fears the team may have at these moments, Miyamoto never acts angry or nasty. In fact he helps resetting the dishes he has scattered, explaining how they should be rearranged."


16:29

There have been no graphs for a full 18 minutes now.


16:30

Some dishes might be removed from the table. But never thrown away.


16:31

Some extended metaphors ought to be thrown away, frankly.


16:31

"Certainly upending the teatable eats up more time." The majority of people were hoping Nintendogs and Super Mario Galaxy would be launch titles, including Iwata.


16:31

At least Miyamoto managed to get Wii Sports done on time - "We thank him for that."


16:32

From Tom: The Wii system software has been updated so that you can download stuff to, and run stuff from, SD cards. This appears to include all channels, WiiWare and VC games.


16:32

Now there's a pic of Miyamoto wearing a cowboy hat and a bandanna, next to a message saying "Random Employee Kidnapping".


16:33

Nintendo employees are randomly kidnapped by Miyamoto, perhaps in the corridor. He is "handed a controller and told to start enjoying himself". It's like a focus group, but with no set questionnaire, no topics for discussion, and no instructions on how to play.


16:34

"Mr Miyamoto believes the kidnap victim must figure things out for himself. I call this Miyamoto's Over the Shoulder view." There's a frightening slide of Miyamoto standing behind a pretty lady playing the DS. She does not appear to be aware of his presence. He is grinning.


16:34

"When the kidnap victim is happy, the team has succeeded. When they are frustrated, the team has failed."


16:35

"One goal set by Mr Miyamoto and all of us at Nintendo is surprise. For consumers to be surprised, we have to first surprise ourselves. I'd like to offer one game as an example." IS IT A NEW ONE IS IT A NEW ONE


16:35

A music producer called Tsunku contacted Iwata at the start of 2004 about making a game. There is a picture of Tsunku on the screen. He appears to be wearing eyeliner.


16:36

So Iwata got Sakamoto and Osawa involved, two developers who worked on WarioWare for the DS and GBA.


16:36

"One issue was quickly raised: how can a good rhythm game be produced if the developers themselves don't have much rhythm?"


16:36

There's now a video of a load of developers dancing. It's really quite hilarious.


16:37

"This was the first time in my career as a game producer I had to approve a budget for dance lessons."


16:38

Rizumu Tengoku, you see, came from developers taking dance lessons, says Iwata.


16:39

Rhythm Heaven is on the screen, the DS game announced last week. Looks like you can use the stylus to take photos, pop pumpkins open, play table tennis with blockheads and make pelicans dance.


16:41

(Rhythm Heaven is of course better known to many as Rhythm Tengoku Gold, its name in Japan, where it came out last year. You can read our review elsewhere on the site.)


16:41

GRAPHWATCH: Rhythm Heaven Cumulative Sales Since Launch In Japan. The graph goes... UP.


16:42

Everyone here is getting a free copy of Rhythm Heaven when they leave the keynote today! Hooray! Free games is almost as good as new games! If you're here.


16:42

"Consider how our industry has changed with the arrival of ideas like Guitar Hero and Spore and World of Goo..."


16:42

IT'S A PIE CHART!


16:43

GRAPHWATCH UPDATE! There are now TWO pie charts on the screen, and TWO incidences of the word "Female"! We are drinking everything that's left in the hip flask.


16:44

Now he's going to talk about how Nintendo products DO benefit third-party publishers. First-party software builds a hardware base, so there are more opportunities for third-parties.


16:45

He's talking about Virtual Console now. "It reminds gamers what they are missing."


16:46

"We are expanding the ability of everyone to sell software," says Iwata. GRAPHWATCH: It's a horizontal graph! Third-party games in the US in 2008. It's all pointing up, but sideways!


16:46

Third-parties have sold more than 1 million games for Wii now, representing a wide range of genres.


16:47

GRAPHWATCH: another horizontal. The installed base of the Balance Board is almost matching that of the PS3 - looks about 14 million to 16 million for PS3.


16:47

It's a new WiiWare game! Rock and Roll Climber!


16:47

A chap called Jonathan has come on stage with a balance board to demonstrate it. He's from Nintendo of America. Didn't catch his surname, sorry.


16:48

There's a sound of rain. He is pointing his arms upwards. His character, a human, is climbing a wall, grabbing handholds.


16:48

It looks not unlike Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. If it was on the Wii.


16:48

He's tilting and pointing the controllers and stepping on the balance board to pull himself up a waterfall.


16:48

At the top of the waterfall is a guitar!


16:49

"At the end of each stage, you're given the rock and roll payoff." Amazing. But Jonathan's gone, and that's all we're going to see.


16:49

Iwata's back, and still talking about WiiWare. "This is a partnership with you. It is a platform where your big idea can succeed without big investment."


16:50

GRAPHWATCH: Pie chart! This one shows how Nintendo only makes a small portion of WiiWare games; the rest are third-party.


16:51

Looks like he's about to unveil a storage solution! Bill Trinen from NOA is on the stage.


16:51

"I'm very excited to tell you I am here to show you a menu," says Trinen.


16:51

"This may not be as exciting as a new game, but we feel we have a complete storage solution for Wii, and for that reason it's very important." Especially for "our most loyal fans".


16:52

Wii Menu System 4.0 will introduce a number of improvements, such as an SD card icon that takes you to an SD card screen. It's got the same layout as the Wii Menu. But a single SD card can hold up to 240 titles.


16:52

"I know you're thinking, how can I get that SD card, and how can he store all this content on a single SD card?" Yes. Tell us.


16:53

"The Wii can now handle high capacity SD cards" so you're no longer limited to 2GB. The Wii Shop channel is also getting updated so you can download content direct to and SD card. That will mean less shuffling between menus.


16:53

The last key addition is the ability to launch content directly off the SD card, with just a short load time.


16:54

He's going to demo this by loading The Adventure of Link. "As you can see it's very fast, simple, and it's going to get right to the game."


16:55

The system update is available today.


16:56

My Life as a Darklord Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicle is coming this year.


16:56

Final Fantasy IV The After Years is on the screen. Also out this year.


16:56

The early Final Fantasy games are coming to Virtual Console, and the first will be available in May. Square Enix will reveal more this week.,


16:57

Now he's asking Trinen back on stage to talk about DSiWare. Another new game?


16:57

Trinen is on stage with a DSi. He's pointing out it's got a touch screen and a mic. Ta.


16:58

He's going to show us two DSiWare titles. The first one is called Moving Memo in English for now.


16:58

"You start by just drawing a picture, or in my case a very simple picture." Amazingly he's not drawing a penis, but a car.


16:58

He's rubbish at drawing. COME BACK TONY HART


16:59

Now he's showing how he can put his drawing into frames. He's adding some ground underneath his car, and into each frame.


17:00

Now we can see his animation. You can slow and speed animations up and add background sounds - he's recording "brrm brrm" into the mic.


17:00

He's now playing back the animation and the brrm brrrm is coming out of the speaker.


17:01

You can upload your animations to a central server and download others', and edit them yourself.


17:01

Now he's going to show a video made by someone more artistic. A boy opens his mouth, a plane emerges. Donkey Kong. A kid with a machine gun, a kid on a skateboard. A super Mario level!


17:02

A line-drawn Mario gets his hat blown off. It's all technically quite crude, but very cute all the same.


17:02

Time for the second game - WarioWare Snap. This one makes use of the camera.


17:02

You start the game by posing for the camera and having your photo taken.


17:02

Then line up your hands and face on the top screen and follow the instructions - in this case, he has to grab some coins.


17:03

Now he has to touch a load of balls on the screen.


17:04

And finally he has to shake his face to shake the water off a cartoon dog. "So you see, quick, simple, WarioWare fun."


17:04

Then when the game is over you get to watch a video of yourself waving your hands and waggling your face about. You can see the comedy potential.


17:04

Bill's off. Bye Bill! Iwata's back. Hello Iwata!


17:05

Total DSi sales have reached 2 million, says Iwata. In America, Amazon reports there are more advanced reservations for it than for any other games system in history. In GameStop, pre-orders are twice the number of DS.


17:06

Today, Iwata says, he's talked about reaching new audiences. "But I do not want you to leave with the idea we have forgotten about the interests of the most passionate gamers."


17:08

He's announcing an expansion of the VC - Virtual Console Arcade. Space Harrier, Mappy, Star Force, Emeraldia, Return of Lishtar. Six games will be available in Japan, four in Europe and America.



The four for Europe are Mappy, Star Force, The Tower of Druaga and Gaplus (Galaga 3), all of which are confirmed on the European Virtual Console for 500 Nintendo Points (approx GBP 3.50 / EUR 5) apiece.


17:06

Space Invaders will be added "in the near future". The games will be available for download from today.


17:07

Nintendo takes responsibility for satisfying "long time Nintendo loyalists". Time for one more video. It's for a DS game.


17:08

It's a choo choo train going down a track. Zelda?


17:08

There's a glimpse of yellow hair... Yes, it's Zelda. Link is zapping enemies from a top-down perspective. Looks like it's similar visual style to Phantom Hourglass.


17:09

Zelda is reading something to Link, who is wearing his train outfit. Now he's back on the train and using a cannon. Now he's fighting a giant scorpion thing.


17:09

The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks - that'd be what it's called then.


17:09

There's lots of clapping, and Iwata is back on stage. He says that's a tentative title. The game will be out "later this year".


17:11

"During America's great depression in the 1930s, creators invented the jet engine, television and even the chocolate chip cookie," says Iwata. Who cares about the credit crunch, in other words.


17:13

"As a developer I believe anything is possible. The future of videogames is in your hands, and I cannot wait for you to show us your surprises." And it's over. Iwata's off stage, "banging" music is playing, Reggie is coming over. Oh, it's not to talk to us.


17:13

Best get off then. We're terrifically drunk after all the graphs, wouldn't want Reggie to smell it. Thanks for joining us!


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    robson_wii 10 years ago
    @sneetch: Hallelujah!!
    sneetch 10 years ago
    @robson_wii
    As for the "real gamers" comment, don't be so patronising. Lots of people on this site have multiple consoles or console and PC (like myself). I would never classify myself as a "true" gamer because my ego isn't that big.

    But you are the true gamer Robson: you are destined to lead us to the promised single-format-console-land and to protect and deliver us from the fanboys! ;)

    The various ranting fanboys from all formats are kinda pathetic creatures. Unable to do anything but repeat the same tired old bollocks and unable to handle their frustration that their words of "wisdom" are unheeded by more sensible people who know ranting insanity when they see it. Hence you often see them saying "I give up" when their nonsense is ignored. Yet they don't give up.

    That's why I started to ignore every one I see. I used to try and reason with them but you can't reason with a fanatic; by their very nature they're unwilling to even consider any opinion other than their own, which they consider to be the truth that no-one else can see.
    robson_wii 10 years ago
    @Chad...Brand loyalty is something inherent in human nature. You find something you like and you stick with it. If you have a bad experience with that brand you are less likely to go back to them.

    As for the last Wii Fit comment... I bought Wii Fit to tone up certain muscle groups and I had no idea about some of the exercises that toned those muscles before I got Wii Fit. I think it is a great tool!

    As for the "real gamers" comment, don't be so patronising. Lots of people on this site have multiple consoles or console and PC (like myself). I would never classify myself as a "true" gamer because my ego isn't that big.
    robson_wii 10 years ago
    @Chad... Please explain why Wii Sports is not a game!
    Glad I came back to this thread after a few days....looks like you lot have been having tons of fun.
    Sean.Aaron 10 years ago
    Thank you Chad. Excellent and insightful; I'm sure EG is contacting you about a freelance writing job now.
    sneetch 10 years ago
    Thanks Ellie, you made that disappointingly empty presentation a lot more palatable.

    Pity it was so light. The storage solution seems nice, I wasn't sure the SD card reader could support the larger formats (I thought it was a hardware limitation) but it'll do grand as a solution.

    I guess we'll continue to wait for Wii games news.

    And in case "Pac-man ate my wife" is still concious: Nintendo are casually raping my childhood memories of gathering dust. :)
    Sean.Aaron 10 years ago
    "It's AAA hardcore games or bust bitches, all you new age Wii pussy gamers can go fap it to Wii cooking all you like, all the real gamers will be gone if this show does not deliver."

    I'm going to hold you to that. REAL GAMERS PLEASE GO NOW!

    And Chad, that was fucking pathetic. Wii Sports isn't game? Really, so there aren't scores being recorded? What is your definition of a game then, exactly?
    superted1974 10 years ago
    Roz 123 wrote "lol, chad sexington that was one of the most pathetic rants i have ever seen. "

    +1

    Come on Chad - you can do better than that.

    Does anyone else find the Wii Fit sales nearly matching total PS3 sales alarming. I have both so I guess I am neutral in the equation. If I was a developer it would make me question what format to develope for.
    crickson 10 years ago
    "During America's great depression in the 1930s, creators invented the jet engine, television and even the chocolate chip cookie,"

    Really? Not actually in America though, surely. I'm pretty sure TV was British, the jet engine was certainly European if not actually British...
    Widge 10 years ago
    "GRAPHWATCH UPDATE! Graph number three. Basically they can all be summarised as "Nintendo W1N"."

    gave me a chuckle
    roz123 10 years ago
    lol, chad sexington that was one of the most pathetic rants i have ever seen.
    smelly 10 years ago
    I think most doctors would prefer you were doing SOME excercise (be it as the 360 owners like to say "waving your arms about" or standing up) - than sitting down doing f-all while only moving your fingers...
    Sid-Nice 10 years ago
    I had a spare Wii Fit at Christmas and guess who bought it? Yes it was my doctor; he is still puzzled to why I keep coming in for sick notes though?
    smelly 10 years ago
    smelly 10 years ago
    Sorry - what i meant to say was : If you enjoy brown shooting games then you're a teenage child with no friends who probably masturbates too much, has never had a girlfriend and is too dim to see he's playing the same game over and over again - because it makes him feel grown up to play something with violence and swearing in it - while looking down his nose at anything which doesnt have guns in it, as pressing a button when a cursor is over someones head while listening to swearing and a really boring convulted crap story is much more of a "proper" gaming experience than any game where you might (shock) actually have fun playing.
    smelly 10 years ago
    Chad - go back tossing off over your brown shooting game why dont you?
    smelly 10 years ago
    @miiiguel:

    http://www.cmpevents.com/GD09/a.asp?opti...

    WAIT... HANG ON!!!!!

    You mean Lionhead DIDNT show fable 3 during the presentation : "The Audio of FABLE 2: Large Scale Collaboration for Next-Gen Games" - What complete BASTARDS!!!

    That's it - i'm selling my 360...

    360's are shit anyways - i'm going to buy a ps3 which doesnt break down so much.
    smelly 10 years ago
    @STKD: How DARE I not like brown fps games...
    makeamazing 10 years ago
    I dont think anyone should be criticised for playing wii fit or wii sports, but for me there isnt a feeling of longevity with my wii... ive not purchased anything for myself for absolutely ages, though the kids have been kept quite happy on and off with it.
    N.A.T.O 10 years ago
    ChadSexington

    -1
    secombe 10 years ago
    Are any actual Wii owners that aggreived by this? We have the usual rubbish from people who claim to be uninterested in the console (yet follow its every move), but a lot of the genuine Wii gamers over in the forum seem generally happy and quite busy with - you know - gaming. It's been an interesting year so far with HOTD: Overkill, MadWorld and PES 2009 offering pretty solid experiences, and the release schedule actually looks pretty promising (compared to the past 9 months or so) for the next few months.

    Nintendo could have announced new Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Pilotwings and F-Zero games today and the majority of the haters would have still been on their case for 'living in the past', no win situation around these parts, as far as I can tell.
    makeamazing 10 years ago
    People getting excited by a little chu chu train .. .crazy. This just confirms my thoughts on the age of the majority of DS/Wii owners.. - jk :D
    Monkey_Puncher 10 years ago
    To be fair GDC was never about big announcements, so anything Nintendo announced today was a bonus. Still no reason for me to buy a Wii, but then Nintendo clearly don't give a shit about that.
    N.A.T.O 10 years ago
    Metalmike25

    +1
    spimmy 10 years ago
    Glad i sold my wii!
    miiiguel 10 years ago
    @ronuds; smelly
    Or maybe one can try and post this:
    http://www.cmpevents.com/GD09/a.asp?opti...
    CallousB 10 years ago
    @Diomedes
    "I wonder why they lied about PS3 sales to make the Balance Board userbase look better.
    After all shipping numbers are available for anyone and those where 21.35 million at december 31 and not 16 million right now!"

    They didn't lie..the charts were clearly dated 31/12/08 and clearly marked as installed base (sold to consumers) as opposed to shipped to stores.
    ronuds 10 years ago
    You can tell people until you're blue in the face that GDC isn't about showing off new games to the public, but they'll never get it.
    smelly 10 years ago
    "Yeah, GDC is for developers, primarily. Nintendo know, however, fans watch and pore over every detail."

    And EVERY time nintendo do a gdc talk - which is quite possibly the WORST place to announce a new game.. we go through this nonsense of gamers going "boo hoo they didnt announce a new mario" or whatever.

    If any such big announcement like that was on the cards, they'd either announce it seperately (like they did recently for one boy and his blob, and exitebots), or at e3.
    metalmike25 10 years ago
    The Wii has Okami which makes it the best console of this generation!

    Argument over!
    RedSparrows 10 years ago
    Smelly, cut the patronising shite. Yeah, GDC is for developers, primarily. Nintendo know, however, fans watch and pore over every detail. The language in the speech was talking to gamers at points, not just developers. Yes, there's lots of shite about Miyamoto's policies and funtimes, and the Nintendo sales.

    But the two aren't mutually exclusive, and they are often one and the same.

    There's also announcements of release dates, and new games. It is not JUST for developers, it is for gamers too, and some gamers (I don't have a Wii, before anyone starts...something) are fucked off and wanted something. Of course, pleasing them is a difficult matter sometimes. I'd say Nintendo did an alright job in trying to get to both, but I also think some fans are entitled to be pissy, there's not much you can say that will actually alleviate their genuine concerns. It's not like they're utterly unreasonable.
    smelly 10 years ago
    >Of course, E3 could well hold moreeeee

    doubtful.. their strategy seems to be to announce games when they're nearly done.

    "GDC is yeah, it's a developers conference.

    The EG report says this to me: So they show new software, not hardware, and speak of 'fans' as 'you' etc."


    They're showing the DEVELOPERS what can be done with the hardware.... Sheesh.. my head just exploded at the stupidty of gamers.. it really has...
    smelly 10 years ago
    >So for the Wii owner it's essentially SD storage, FF I-VI and feckin' Space Invaders?

    And exitebots, punch out and one boy and his blob.

    This WASNT a conference to unveil any new games.. they've been reveleaing them close to release dates on their own without conferences...

    What part of this do gamers not get? (sigh)
    Xerx3s 10 years ago
    Just had a quick browse. Business as usual then.
    seasidebaz 10 years ago
    What's with all the Dreamcast hate?

    A giant orange spiral OF DEATH?? Anything containing an orange spiral will DIE?

    I liked my dreamcast :(
    RedSparrows 10 years ago
    'Nintendo have nothing to offer people who own 360/PS3'

    They don't care about that. What people who bemoan the lack of games dislike is that, yeah, they can get a 360 or PS3. But they want Mario, Metroid and Zelda, and new things in a similar vein.
    smoothpete 10 years ago
    What a pathetic presentation
    Liamario 10 years ago
    What i find absolutely hilarious, is that the nintendo foolboys keep defending nintendo. Maybe E3 we will see something. Maybe next year we'll see something!!! Keep waiting, because it isn't going to come. The best you can hope for at this point is a Wii 2. Even if they announce a new Zelda/ Mario etc... it won't be any different from the previous games. Nintendo have nothing to offer people who own 360/PS3
    Lebowski 10 years ago
    So for the Wii owner it's essentially SD storage, FF I-VI and feckin' Space Invaders? Thanks Mintendo. FFS
    Malek86 10 years ago
    Callous: yeah, that was strange. You'd think they would tell developers something about its usability. Maybe they just don't have it ready yet.

    Oh well, with a new Zelda for DS, i can't say I'm disappointed after all. Also, is dat sum Tower of Druaga I see in the Virtual Console Arcade logo?
    RedSparrows 10 years ago
    GDC is yeah, it's a developers conference.

    The EG report says this to me: So they show new software, not hardware, and speak of 'fans' as 'you' etc. I think, just maybe, some people who bemoan the lack of games that they would like to see (i.e. more of the good stuff) are perfectly entitled to. Even if it's deluded given Nintendo's success in other areas recently. Of course, E3 could well hold moreeeee
    CallousB 10 years ago
    A pretty good conference IMO (considering it's aimed at devs and not us).

    The only thing that was a bit strange was the complete lack of any MotionPlus talk.
    Garulon 10 years ago
    Don't sometimes, just sometimes, you wish N's complacency would bite them horribly in the arse? And I may be the first to say apart from the long overdue ability to use the SD card slot properly, THAT WAS SHIT.
    dingo75 10 years ago
    The irony is:
    DS might get another good game (Zelda) while Wii gets nothing. ;)

    /pats DS
    Malek86 10 years ago
    As long as it's going to be a bit more difficult than PH, I'm all for it. New Zelda games have been a bit too easy for my tastes.
    jmcoo7 10 years ago
    Well that will be the first Zelda game i wont be buying , ah well lets hope Zelda Wii E3 .
    Fallen_Angel 10 years ago
    @greenthumb I think thats the mode of transport, like the boat in PH. From what I read here and Kotaku it sounds similar to PH adventuring.
    dingo75 10 years ago
    Well in Phantom you had to shoot shit while steering a ship.
    Might still be a decent title unless that shooting is the major gameplay.
    peteb 10 years ago
    Sounds like its just like the boat bits of Phamtom Hourglass, so I assume its a normal Zelda game and these bits will feature.
    Burkey123 10 years ago
    Yes!! New Zelda for DS!!
    greenthumb 10 years ago
    wow, that zelda game sounds..... shit. shooting stuff from a moving train in a top down perspective
    Malek86 10 years ago
    Oh my, oh my.

    A new Zelda for DS. I told you this was going to be good.
    roz123 10 years ago
    Clearly they are showing developers what kind of tools are available, why they are usefull (with examples) and how they have dealt with previous limitations
    Malek86 10 years ago
    "Today, Iwata says, he's talked about reaching new audiences. "But I do not want you to leave with the idea we have forgotten about the interests of the most passionate gamers.""

    Maybe it's finally time...
    Lebowski 10 years ago
    He's got to be building to something big after all this shite ...
    Malek86 10 years ago
    Santino: oh yeah, i forgot that. That's good to hear.
    Santino 10 years ago
    Malek86: i don't know if you missed my response to your question but i tried launching sin & punishment as its one of the larger games and it only took around 5-10 seconds to launch.
    dadrester 10 years ago
    this is fucking boring. it's like a shitty press conference with no news. as opposed to an actual developers conference. wtf is:

    "This may not be as exciting as a new game, but we feel we have a complete storage solution for Wii, and for that reason it's very important." Especially for "our most loyal fans".
    parrapa 10 years ago
    Ha Ha!!! "Moving Memo"

    Whatever Nintendo.
    Malek86 10 years ago
    "The early Final Fantasy games are coming to Virtual Console, and the first will be available in May. Square Enix will reveal more this week.,"

    Oh my. Does he mean FF1-3, or up until 6?
    Malek86 10 years ago
    Isn't it a bit too unfair to show off the transfer speed by using a NES game? Why doesn't he try with a N64 game instead?
    smelly 10 years ago
    Well news about SD cards was good enough for me..
    robson_wii 10 years ago
    Great news on the SD card slot upgrade
    Malek86 10 years ago
    SDHC support. I knew it was just a firmware limitation, since homebrew could already use them. I wonder why they didn't have this from the beginning, but I guess it doesn't matter anymore.
    roz123 10 years ago
    If you can climb a wall and then play comfortably numb i will buy it
    smelly 10 years ago
    >Time is quickly running out for you Nintendo, make with the AAA games already

    grow up...
    miiiguel 10 years ago
    @EL_Drake:
    It even works here with Fedora Core 3 and Firefor 1.0 Preview Edition. Both are roughly 3 years old.
    JediMasterMalik 10 years ago
    Wait, you do rock climbing, and then stop rock climbing to do rock and roll? So it's basically one game followed by another? There's no attempt to combine them?
    Malek86 10 years ago
    Oh finally, let's start with the new games. Even if it's just Wiiware, it's still new games. Told ya.
    El_Draque 10 years ago
    Well, it doesn't work for me. Using Safari.
    dingo75 10 years ago
    Everyone here is getting a free copy of Rhythm Heaven when they leave the keynote today! Hooray! Free games is almost as good as new games! If you're here.

    Stop making me laugh out at work!
    Great coverage and that blogger deserves a pay rise!
    quantumsheep 10 years ago
    20charactersmax - I love you!

    /head explodes
    quantumsheep 10 years ago
    "There's a frightening slide of Miyamoto standing behind a pretty lady playing the DS. She does not appear to be aware of his presence. He is grinning."

    Thanks for that - lemonade all over my keyboard now :D
    parrapa 10 years ago
    elite beat agents Wii?
    schnide 10 years ago
    @El_Draque

    Your live coverage still doesn't work without refreshing the website, by the way.

    Yes it does, and actually it's great too.
    Darren 10 years ago
    "And so on to the mass production stage. Come on sir, give us some games eh?"

    *sigh*

    As a Wii owner since launch, I've been asking that for almost a year! I think we need Wii branded t-shirts with "Come on sir, give us some [good] games, eh?" printed on them in big bold black letters!
    dingo75 10 years ago
    it refreshes here -> IE 7.0 Vista SP1 (if it helps)
    smelly 10 years ago
    >I bet they are going to say something, maybe at the end, but they'll say it. We'll see.

    Id LOVE to hear about a new mario or zelda.. or any new games.. but i certainly wont be holding my breath.

    I'd expect at the very most to see new footage of exitebots and boy and his blob (considering both were only just announced recently)

    if they were going to announce anything today - do you not think they wouldve held on to those 2 and announced them?
    robson_wii 10 years ago
    Thanks Tom...
    El_Draque 10 years ago
    Your live coverage still doesn't work without refreshing the website, by the way.
    malteaserhead 10 years ago
    Oh tea-table.
    I was thinking 'what other things can be improved by putting a teat on it'?
    bluem4gic 10 years ago
    If you want decent live blogging of his speech

    Go to kotaku

    http://kotaku.com/5183222/nintendos-sato...
    Santino 10 years ago
    "Santino: honestly? That's awesome. I'll go check once the conference is over."

    i just downloaded the update and yeah there is a small sd card on the front menu, the way it works is it plays the game using the system memory. as a test i tried launching sin and punishment from sd as i knew i didnt have enough blocks for that. you can manually manage which games to copy or you can auto manage it by block size or position on the menu. game launched in around 5-10 seconds. storage solution at long last!!!
    Waffleaber 10 years ago
    This has just been one long Miyamoto advert so far. They going to start loaning him out to other developers to better the 3rd party output on the Wii?
    dadrester 10 years ago
    >@smelly - chill out mate.

    I shouldve known better than to come here today and try to talk sense.. it's just ended up getting my blood pressure out of whack..

    AND, you've still not answered the questions. ;)
    Malek86 10 years ago
    "Which is why - they're doing a presentation to other developers as to how they go about developing their games...

    this ISNT a press release.. (just in case people still dont get it) "

    The presence of Reggie and Cammie on stage makes me believe they do have something to announce. After all, they are not developers, they are PR dudes. They are supposed to talk to consumers. I bet they are going to say something, maybe at the end, but they'll say it. We'll see.
    ryohazuki1983 10 years ago
    @thedaveeyres

    Yeah that was my first thought, no specs to work with just "ideas", could be a good way to work, depends on how he reacts when the team has misunderstands him and develops something not to his vision!
    miiiguel 10 years ago
    wow, Smelly, you're really a fan of this Nintendo, aren't you ? Good, I dig passionate ppl.

    edit: try and remember not to call me xbot in the next 5 minutes.
    robson_wii 10 years ago
    I have an SD logo on my Wii home-page after a system update. Is this new?
    smelly 10 years ago
    >Hey, last I checked, Nintendo is a developer too

    Which is why - they're doing a presentation to other developers as to how they go about developing their games...

    this ISNT a press release.. (just in case people still dont get it)
    schnide 10 years ago
    Iwata is showing us the prototype for Wii Sports boxing. It was all about how the nunchuk and controller and how they work, not the visuals - "that could be polished later on". So the prototype just shows characters as blocks, there are no human features.

    *paints a line and two dots*

    FINISHED!
    thedaveeyres 10 years ago
    Miyamoto sounds like a right cunt to work for. :)
    smelly 10 years ago
    >@smelly - chill out mate.

    I shouldve known better than to come here today and try to talk sense.. it's just ended up getting my blood pressure out of whack..
    smelly 10 years ago
    @dadrester: Okay.. you're right.. nintendo made TWO games that YOU didnt like.. So therefor all they make is shovelware.. you're TOTALLY correct now fuck off
    ryohazuki1983 10 years ago
    @smelly - chill out mate.
    JediMasterMalik 10 years ago
    Miyamoto is a voyeur confirmed!
    smelly 10 years ago
    >Many other companies are doing it.

    Sony? Microsoft?

    Most of the companies doing announcements at gdc are either doing it to entice staff to come work for them, or because they're looking for a publisher.
    thedaveeyres 10 years ago
    They aren't telling US fuck all. They are talking to developers.

    How do people this fucking stupid actually manage to remember to breathe?
    dadrester 10 years ago
    people cared whether wii music and wii fit were good or not?

    Wii fit got good reviews... Wii music was an attempt at something different - which reviewers (and gamers who've never played it) didnt like.

    That's different to EA making celebrity mini game fest...

    you failed to address either question...
    Malek86 10 years ago
    "This conference isnt for gamers.. it's for developers... sigh "

    Hey, last I checked, Nintendo is a developer too. Why shouldn't they use this occasion to tell us something? Many other companies are doing it.

    I still believe they WILL show something. Not getting my hopes up, but I'm pretty sure it will happen.
    smelly 10 years ago
    "Oh fuck off nintendo - how DARE you be talking to DEVELOPERS at a DEVELOPER conference and not doing a press release"
    oceanmotion 10 years ago
    Oh fuck off Nintendo PR bollocks.
    Malek86 10 years ago
    Santino: honestly? That's awesome. I'll go check once the conference is over.
    Santino 10 years ago
    havent checked yet but apparently with the update games can now be played from the sd card, like, right now.
    smelly 10 years ago
    "I thought this was supposed to be a game developers conference? Why is he talking about sales? He should talk about games in development."

    WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

    Its not the "game in development" conference - it's the "game DEVELOPER" conference.. i.e. he's trying to convince them (the 3rd parties) to make games for his machine and proving that 3rd party games sell...

    This conference isnt for gamers.. it's for developers... sigh
    thedaveeyres 10 years ago
    He's talking about sales because that is all the industry cares about.
    smelly 10 years ago
    >people cared whether wii music and wii fit were good or not?

    Wii fit got good reviews... Wii music was an attempt at something different - which reviewers (and gamers who've never played it) didnt like.

    That's different to EA making celebrity mini game fest...
    Malek86 10 years ago
    And now he goes on in the usual "third parties don't sell / yes they do" argument. I thought this was supposed to be a game developers conference? Why is he talking about sales? He should talk about games in development.
    thedaveeyres 10 years ago
    All the real gamers are playing Dancing Monster.
    peteb 10 years ago
    haha I do love EG live Keynotes
    dingo75 10 years ago
    I predict:

    Wii Music2 for christmas.

    "You will love it one day bitches!"
    Malek86 10 years ago
    Reggie will probably use all his time to show us some pie charts. Honestly, it's like, the only thing he ever does at conferences. He must have been hired at Nintendo as "pie charts manager" or something. Of course, it helps that those pie charts are largely positive for Nintendo.
    dadrester 10 years ago
    >wii music and wii fit isn't shovelware?

    Ah sorry.. I misunderstood your definition of shovelware - to me it means "a game which has been sped out with no development time in order to make some money but no-one cared whether it was good or not". To you, shovelware means "games you dont like".

    I see.

    wii music and wii fit has weren't sped out with no development time in order to make some money?

    people cared whether wii music and wii fit were good or not?


    edit: forgot a question mark :)
    Der_tolle_Emil 10 years ago
    I think your Ajax Magic isn't working on Opera :/
    Malek86 10 years ago
    I'm hoping for something good here. I blame 1UP for hyping this up.
    Mudo 10 years ago
    smelly is right of course but you can blame the main article for any misconceptions: "speculation is rife that Iwata has a stable of Wii titles to unveil, including projects by the Mario and Zelda teams"
    smelly 10 years ago
    >wii music and wii fit isn't shovelware?


    Ah sorry.. I misunderstood your definition of shovelware - to me it means "a game which has been sped out with no development time in order to make some money but no-one cared whether it was good or not". To you, shovelware means "games you dont like".

    I see.
    Sunyavadin 10 years ago
    Who's betting the reason for no filming is that after 5 minutes, he's going to have a hundred naked women come on stage and blow him while he lies on a platinum bed with a mattress stuffed with money.
    smelly 10 years ago
    "My predictions: more crap for the "causal" gamers and nothing for the core gamers"

    Considering the name of the talk (notice i say "talk" not "press release") is:

    "Discovering New Development Opportunities"

    That prediction is surely a bit of a no brainer?

    What is it with gamers? Are they stupid? Only a gamer would go to a talk on (for example) "How we made wii fit" and expect to hear an announcement on a new zelda game!!!!!
    peteb 10 years ago
    Come on Nintendo, vindicate my decision to have sold my Wii!

    (I don't want to buy it again....)
    dadrester 10 years ago
    >If there wasn't a market for all the shovelware they wouldn't be producing so much of it.

    See .. again.. like every other person on the internet - you're confusing the 3rd parties who are generating all the shitty mini game shovelware fests with nintendo...

    Why do people find this concept so hard to grasp?

    wii music and wii fit isn't shovelware?
    smelly 10 years ago
    >want to see Zelda, Pilotwings, F-Zero, Metroid at this show today.

    So you can say stuff like "nintendo never make anything new - they only ever remake stuff"? Why do they have to announce something at a TALK given to DEVELOPERS anyways???

    They've ALREADY announced Punch out, One boy and his blob and excitebots.. Thats a fair bit for one publisher.

    But yet again the fanboys will confuse this for a press release.. and we'll get a load of "right - that's it - nothing new - i'm selling my wii" posts.. From people who've apparently sold their wii 10 times already.
    BadByte 10 years ago
    My predictions: more crap for the "causal" gamers and nothing for the core gamers.
    thedaveeyres 10 years ago
    I'm scared.... hold me....
    KingOfIceland 10 years ago
    Just to clarify, that pic-tor is from when Iwata first unveiled the Wii (or Revolution back in the day) so...... yeah
    smelly 10 years ago
    >If there wasn't a market for all the shovelware they wouldn't be producing so much of it.

    See .. again.. like every other person on the internet - you're confusing the 3rd parties who are generating all the shitty mini game shovelware fests with nintendo...

    Why do people find this concept so hard to grasp?
    smelly 10 years ago
    PREDICTION: Being a game DEVELOPER conference and not a news conference, and that the presentation is supposidly geared towards developers and not gamers.. And that the name of the talk suggests he'll be talking more about mainstream casual gaming anyhows.

    I predict:

    1. A lot of upset nintendo fanboys that he didnt unveil anything new
    2. A lot of happy 360 owning nerds going "har har - wii sucks - nintendo didnt announce anything other than a load of casual games.. wii sucks
    3. This thread will hit 1000s of posts
    4. No-one will still get that this is a DEVELOPER conference not a press release.. Some people will point this out - but the fanboys on both side of the fence (but predominately the 360 owning kids) will ignore it.


    Same as every year. Would be nice to hear something new.. but unlikely imho.
    spammage 10 years ago
    If there wasn't a market for all the shovelware they wouldn't be producing so much of it.

    Raping your childhood? Hardly. What a rediculous notion. Being a gaming child of the 90's Nintendo never let us down back then.
    Buenos_Estente 10 years ago
    damn @ Mudo
    Buenos_Estente 10 years ago
    Im sitting here casually gathering dust eagerly anticipating a selection of games that, whilst hinting at raping my childhood, will turn out instead to keep me waggling the wii stick happily for many hours when they arrive, whilst my less knowledgeble casual gaming mums can stick to thier wii fit whilst mine lays gathering dust.

    - Im aware this is lame but the best i could do pac-man to aid your drinking. Im also aware that new games will probably be hinted at and game design and trumpet blowing will feature heavily!
    Pac-man-ate-my-wife 10 years ago
    @Mudo

    THANK YOU!

    /falls of wagon into pile of gin
    Mudo 10 years ago
    I wish Iwata would stop raping my childhood with these casual games. It just leaves my Nintendo console gathering dust
    spammage 10 years ago
    My wife hopes you can use the balance board on the new Mario game. Nuff said. Stick to fucking yoga.

    Every gamer revjoiced when Nintendo had its resurgence, now we just lament that they have probably broken our hobby forever, as corporations adjust their products accordingly.
    septimus 10 years ago
    "Discovering New Development Opportunities" or Discovering New Idiots so you can make so much cash-money you have no idea what to do other than buy another country.

    /recovering idiot... what a waste of money.
    Pac-man-ate-my-wife 10 years ago
    /plays comment drinking game
    /1 finger of beer for each use of 'casual'
    /1 shot for each time 'gathering dust is used'
    /double shot for 'raping my childhood'
    macmurphy 10 years ago
    While we're fantasising about games I'm goung Pikmin 3 or Pilotwings Wii.
    macmurphy 10 years ago
    Nintendo do need to pull their finger out of their arse.
    I loved a few games they did but the last thing was Smash Bros, and I'm tired of the little box gathering dust.
    Get a wriggle on you tools.
    Burkey123 10 years ago
    I'm looking forward to this even though deep down I know nothing will happen.
    I'm secretly hoping for some Kid Icarus footage.
    CallousB 10 years ago
    So basically..he'll talk about game development (as he's supposed to)..... and for an hour or so Eurogamer will be moaning about him not announcing games.
    Venkman90 10 years ago
    a Black Wii, Monster Hunter G for US / EU release and I may just be sold....
    Der_tolle_Emil 10 years ago
    Disallowing cameras after 5 minutes in makes this much more interesting. I guess I'll stay at work before leaving so I can catch this. Thanks in advance for the coverage.
    Buenos_Estente 10 years ago
    hmmmm new Zelda to wait 2-3 years for niiiice!
    Moonprince 10 years ago
    'What is he holding. ' - probs some casual consumer shite that everyone will buy and not use. Nintendo are dead to me. They'll be opening up fudging love hotels next :s