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Iwata Compares Nintendo to Apple and mySpace

by Jonathan Metts - March 23, 2006, 11:51 am PST
Total comments: 48 Source: GDC Keynote

But the biggest Revolution secret will not be revealed for a few more weeks (E3).

In his GDC Keynote speech today, Satoru Iwata said he wants Nintendo WiFi Connection to be like mySpace in terms of ease of use and popularity. He also compared Revolution's Virtual Console service to iTunes and said that once other companies saw it, they jumped on board eagerly. This claim was backed up by the announcement that Sega Genesis (Megadrive) and TurboGrafx games will be available for the Virtual Console, in addition to Nintendo's own games from NES, SNES, and N64.

Although Nintendo's business practices, design philosophies, and devoted fanbase have long drawn comparisons to Apple from commentators, this is the first time Nintendo has favorably compared itself to the company. In the past, Reggie Fils-Aime has briefly mentioned iPod sales being dwarfed by Game Boy Advance sales, though that was before iPod had its biggest quarter yet in Fall 2005.

Official GDC Keynote Summary

Genesis and TurboGrafx games to be playable on Revolution's Virtual Console service.

Nintendo President Challenges Developers to Create Bold New Games

Nintendo Also Announces Plans to Offer Classic Sega and TurboGrafx Games

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

today challenged a crowd of game developers to think differently and take a

fresh approach to the creation of video games. During his keynote address at

the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Iwata said Nintendo will

provide developers with the tools they need to disrupt the traditional methods

of game creation, much as the company already has.

These tools include the controller for Nintendo's next home console

(code-named Revolution), which lets users control the action on their

television screens through the motion of the controller itself. The

controller lets game developers create new kinds of gaming experiences, ones

that enhance the experience for hard-core gamers while making video games more

accessible and less intimidating to novices. The new forms of innovative

software that can be created by any size developer will be made available for

download via Revolution's Virtual Console service.

"This new approach is like stepping onto an unexplored continent for the

first time, with all the potential for discovery that suggests," Iwata said.

"No one else can match the environment we're creating for expanding the game

experience to everyone. Our path is not linear, but dynamic."

Iwata also announced partnerships with Sega and Hudson to offer

downloadable access to their classic games via Revolution's Virtual Console.

Revolution owners will be able to relive their past gaming glories from the

Sega Genesis console by playing a "best of" selection from more than 1,000

Genesis titles, as well as games sold for the TurboGrafx console (a system

jointly developed by NEC and Hudson). These games join Revolution's access to

20 years of fan-favorite Nintendo games from the NES(R), Super NES(R) and

Nintendo(R) 64 eras.

Iwata also revealed for the first time that a new game called The Legend

of Zelda(R): Phantom Hourglass would be released for Nintendo DS later this

year.

Iwata, a game developer himself, revealed behind-the-scenes stories about

the development of three key initiatives.

For the industry leading Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, internal engineers and

developers overcame a series of hurdles to make the system seamless and

flexible enough to allow players to choose to play wirelessly either with

friends or against unknown opponents. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection reached

1 million unique users in just 18 weeks -- nearly five times the adoption rate

of the leading online game console network.

He described a pivotal meeting in coming to agreement on development of

the incredibly popular "brain games" in Japan. A leading Japanese scientist

attached a sci-fi-looking wired helmet to a Nintendo staffer and then visually

demonstrated stimulation of brain activity as the staffer played prototype

software.

Finally, he described the hundreds of sketches, dozens of prototypes and

company-wide collaboration that led to the final form of the unique Revolution

controller system, which resembles a traditional TV remote control. He called

the related research and manufacturing costs of the new control system,

"...our method to disrupt the market...realizing a new way to connect a player

to his game."

Talkback

KDR_11kMarch 23, 2006

What, "We sell overpriced hardware and host badly written emo poetry"?

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorMarch 23, 2006

Hahah, *insert another joke about emo kids on myspace*

Hostile CreationMarch 23, 2006

I think they were trying to capitalize on the success aspects of the comparison. Both are immensely successful.

CalibanMarch 23, 2006

What is this "emo" I read alot on these forums? I'm serious, no joke.

KnowsNothingMarch 23, 2006

Oh hawt, Genesis games on Rev =oo I don't see how the Rev can be anything but the greatest console ever, k.

Myspace would suggest some sort of uber Gamer card service ala XBLive, oh...to dream...

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

KDR_11kMarch 23, 2006

Caliban: People who think being depressed, writing bad poems about their love of death and mutilating themselves is cool. Basically the whole "angsty teen" deal.

CalibanMarch 23, 2006

Oh, lol. lmao.

vuduMarch 23, 2006

I wrote a good emo lyric the other day ...

slit my wrists and watch the agony come pouring out

You're free to use that, if you want.

KnowsNothingMarch 23, 2006

If an emo kid wanted to kill himself by slitting his wrists, wouldn't it be relief pouring out?

Ian SaneMarch 23, 2006

My beef with emo is that usually what the person is depressed about is pretty minor. If you're going to be depressed save it for something major like your spouse leaving you or a loved one dying or getting cancer or your house burning down. Country singers sing about depressing stuff too but it's about their woman cheating on them and flipping their pickup truck.

MarioMarch 23, 2006

The irony in that post just picked up a chainsaw and cut my head off

Ian SaneMarch 23, 2006

"The irony in that post just picked up a chainsaw and cut my head off"

Well, I don't write poems. face-icon-small-wink.gif

Karl Castaneda #2March 23, 2006

You should. Haikus, too.

You can flip my pickup truck...any day of the week...

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

vuduMarch 23, 2006

slit my wrist open
agony comes pouring out
bittersweet success

Spak-SpangMarch 23, 2006

Sega and Hudson
make virtual console games
Revolution Rocks

vuduMarch 23, 2006

so many dumb people
it's nunchaku, not nunchuck
get it right, moron

Karl Castaneda #2March 23, 2006

I write Haikus, yes,
But I've got so much more, yes,
I've also got pie.

vuduMarch 23, 2006

You can't just add yes at the end of every line in order to get the right amount of syllables. It's cheating. It's like throwing baby onto the end of a song lyric and then adding it to the end of the following lyric and saying they rhyme.

Viewtiful Gamer
is bad at writing Haikus;
not my Staff Hero

ArtimusMarch 23, 2006

Haiku is good for
Ev'ry post made in this thread
Spring comes with warm rain

TMWMarch 23, 2006

Zelda and Sega
I loved the Iwataton
But where was Reggie?

Ian SaneMarch 23, 2006

Everyone writing
Haikus, feel left out so I'll
Write a haiku too

Karl Castaneda #2March 23, 2006

Vudu, I'm sorry,
You just don't understand it,
My haikus are great.

UltimatePartyBearMarch 23, 2006

Good GDC news
I feel a new sense of peace
Like a cool Fall breeze

vuduMarch 23, 2006

GDC is done
E3 can't come soon enough
the wait might kill me

UltimatePartyBearMarch 23, 2006

Quote

Originally posted by: vudu
You can't just add yes at the end of every line in order to get the right amount of syllables. It's cheating. It's like throwing baby onto the end of a song lyric and then adding it to the end of the following lyric and saying they rhyme.

Viewtiful Gamer
is bad at writing Haikus;
not my Staff Hero




Heh. In that spirit:

GDC, baby!
New Zelda, oh yeah, baby.
This one rhymes, baby.

IceColdMarch 23, 2006

GDC was fun
E3 can not come too soon
We are such losers

RennyMarch 23, 2006

Pity the cam whore
"Nintendo" has no real friends
Page still downloading

JonLeungMarch 23, 2006

I love Nintendo.
They are made of win and sex.
I must change my pants.

nickmitchMarch 23, 2006

Iwata rocks hard.
The Reggie is my hero.
Go go Nintendo!

It's just a code name:
Nintendo Revolution.
But Nintendo Go?

KnowsNothingMarch 23, 2006

everyone in here
is really a hopeless nerd
for writing haiku

RequiemMarch 23, 2006

Profanity, GET!
What is that over there....****?
My, who dropped a brick?

LouieturkeyMarch 23, 2006

My head hurts a lot
Stop writing haikus people
Very dumb it is


Hey that was fun.

Smash_BrotherMarch 23, 2006

Just look at the new
boxes for the DS Lite:
Can you say "iPod"?

They're definitely emulating Apple.

EasyCureMarch 24, 2006

much more appealing
to write haiku poetry
than rag on emo

i hate emo kids
they come to my job and steal
much rather see them die

daddy didn't love them
mama never notices
hang out at hot topic

pay not big enough
to put up with their whining
but games dont come cheap

with gas price so high
and two zeldas coming soon
i will be in debt


in enough of the haiku crap. im so pissed off at emo/goth kids and any other "scene" kid out there its not even funny. they blow hard and i could sit here all day and rant rant rant till my head blows up about them. DAMMIT I HATE THEM!

Mario323March 24, 2006

Yeah...how did this go from Nintendo being like Apple and mySpace to all this emo stuff?

EasyCureMarch 24, 2006

dude i dont even remember how it got into haiku's.
im still pissed off about the emo stuff though.

ArtimusMarch 24, 2006

Quote

Originally posted by: Mario323
Yeah...how did this go from Nintendo being like Apple and mySpace to all this emo stuff?


Haiku =/= Emo.

Haiku = cooler than you.


I have no money
Too many good games to buy
Life is not worth it

face-icon-small-wink.gif

vuduMarch 24, 2006

Quote

Originally posted by: Mario323
Yeah...how did this go from Nintendo being like Apple and mySpace to all this emo stuff?
emo led to poems
Karl started the bandwagon
limericks are up next

ArtimusMarch 24, 2006

There once was a man from Japan
Who went to a faraway land,
He dropped a few names
When describing his games
And everyone thought he was grand.

Karl Castaneda #2March 24, 2006

Rhyming is nice,
If you're into lyrical spice,
But before you leave,
Do not decieve,
Us all with your poetic vice.

ArtimusMarch 24, 2006

Quote

Originally posted by: ViewtifulGamer
Rhyming is nice,
If you're into lyrical spice,
But before you leave,
Do not decieve,
Us all with your poetic vice.


I had not intended to slight.
Not tomorrow, today or tonight,
But five-foot then three
Is how it must be
Or else it just isn't right!

KDR_11kMarch 24, 2006

This thread is like watching Kage Kara Mamoru: It's getting more stupidacious every minute.

ShyGuyMarch 24, 2006

AnimeCyberRat needs to come in here and drop some Phat Rhymes. face-icon-small-happy.gif

On the subject, Myspace could be an indication of the Rev online model. Each Rev gamer has a personal page, a friends list, and a cam-whore pose in their profile.

vuduMarch 26, 2006

I found this on the Phoenix Wright board at GameFAQS. I thought of you guys.

(Case two spoilers)

Ghost possesses her.
Her boobies become giant.
Maya is jailbait.

ThePermMarch 26, 2006

can we make this a page that has haiku's and limericks?

The boobs vudu talks of, I love em'
theres nothing better than to rub em'
I could jiggle all day
enjoying foreplay
and any other random type of lovin'

Karl Castaneda #2March 26, 2006

In order to make this love last forever, take it to The Funhouse:

http://planetgamecube.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=35&threadid=15438

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