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Iwata to keynote GDC in March

Nintendo president returns to podium.

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It's been revealed that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will deliver the keynote address at this year's Game Developers Conference, which takes place in San Francisco this March.

Iwata's speech, titled "Discovering New Development Opportunities", will take place on the morning of Wednesday March 25th.

It will be the Nintendo president's first appearance on the GDC stage since 2006, when he outlined his philosophy of "disruptive development" - which has, arguably, resulted in the Wii becoming the runaway success of this generation of consoles.

He also revealed The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on that occasion, and many will speculate that we'll see another new Zelda this year. A series update is known to be in development, and Nintendo's Wii release schedule for the second half of 2009 is looking mysteriously blank.

The last two GDCs have seen LittleBigPlanet and Gears of War 2 take their bows, so a big game unveiling wouldn't be a surprise - although it's always possible that Iwata will simply take the opportunity to address game developers about game development.

GDC runs from March 23rd to 27th. Eurogamer will be there, bringing you the news as it happens.

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