Satoru Iwata, the President and CEO of Nintendo, will be delivering this year's keynote at the 2011 Game Developers Conference. This will be Iwata's fourth keynote at the conference, at which he has previously unveiled such important Nintendo products as the Wii, then known as the Revolution. This year, he may use the opportunity to talk about the 3DS.
Iwata's speech will be entitled "Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future," which will focus on the future of videogames and how the medium is evolving. Not a bad way to introduce the 3DS, which is combining the "luxury" of 3D gaming with the convenience of a portable gaming platform. Director for this year's GDC, Meggan Scavio, comments on Iwata's appearance at the show:
"We are honored and pleased to welcome Mr. Iwata back to the keynote stage for our 25th conference. Nintendo continues to innovate and captivate developers and gamers alike, and we're looking forward to their unique insights into both the history and future of the game business."
No doubt, Iwata will deliver an enlightening and incredible speech, which is always something to look forward to. Given his history of reveals at the conference, though, it would be nice if he had more to talk about than just the 3DS, which is currently slated for release in the States that month. Perhaps he will have more news to share, but what it might be remains to be seen.
In addition to Iwata's keynote, GDC 2011 will be hosting other reveals, including the possibility of a new Thief game and a plethora of new footage of upcoming games including the recently delayed Deux Ex: Human Revolution. Game Rant will be bringing you the news as it flows from the conference, which takes place February 28 through March 4, 2011.
Iwata is in the unique position of being President and CEO of the most successful game company on the planet and having once been a game developer himself. His keynotes are often thoughtful and forward-looking, but it is of course the possibility that he might make some as-yet unforeseen announcement that will have most gamers paying attention.
What do you think, Ranters? Is Iwata's keynote at GDC timed to maximize the impact of the 3DS launch in North America, or might there be something more?