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Shigeru Miyamoto Announced as GDC 2007 Keynote Speaker

by Mike Gamin - January 22, 2007, 8:13 pm EST
Total comments: 16 Source: GDConf.com

No sign of Iwata yet, but Miyamoto will be speaking on Thursday, March 8th. Update: Koji Kondo and Eiji Aonuma will also present!

Nintendo composer/sound director Koji Kondo and Zelda director/producer Eiji Aonuma will also be presenting at what is quickly turning into the biggest Game Developers Conference ever.

Reflections of Zelda

Eiji Aonuma's work on The Legend of Zelda series dates as far back as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has been the team's most ambitious game to date and for the first time since its release, Aonuma reflects on its evolution and how it prepared him to take on the challenge of his current mission: Phantom Hourglass.

Aonuma explains the development team's formidable task of progressing the epic franchise across multiple generations of Nintendo systems. This is a rare opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes development challenges and triumphs from Link's latest installments.

Painting an Interactive Musical Landscape

If Shigeru Miyamoto is the Steven Spielberg of videogames, Koji Kondo is the John Williams. As one of the industry's most highly regarded composers, Kondo has composed timeless pieces that help bring Nintendo's stories to life through music. Starting with Super Mario Bros. in 1985 to the recently released The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kondo has continuously redefined the definition of a game soundtrack.

During this in-depth session, Kondo illustrates how his method of composing interactive music is unique by dissecting various examples of sounds and music from the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series. Although the art and science of videogame music has changed dramatically during the last 20 years, his work has remained consistent and allows Nintendo's musical soundtracks to soar. Learn what inspires Kondo to create musical masterpieces as epic as the tales they accompany.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Marketing Director for Nintendo, will be giving a speech entitled "A Creative Vision" at this year's Game Developers Conference. The talk will take place from 10:30am to 11:30am on Thursday, March 8, 2007.

From the announcement:
In his keynote address at the 2007 Game Developers Conference, Shigeru Miyamoto will reveal how a singular creative vision drives his work, not only in terms of his world-renown software, but also in generating key technologies, including the current global phenomena, Nintendo DS and Wii. And he will challenge the audience to apply his approach in their own distinctive styles.

Stay tuned to Nintendo World Report for more event related announcements, as well as full coverage of the event when it starts in early March.


Bill AurionJanuary 22, 2007

So what does this make now? We have Suda51, Aonuma, Koji Kondo, the guy behind Elite Beat Agents, and now Miyamoto? Best...GDC...ever...

ShyGuyJanuary 22, 2007

I assume Bill Trinen will be translating the speeches for Nintendo. I look forward to reading the transcripts. Iwata's conversation with Aonuma and Miyamoto was some of the most fascinating reading of last year.

KDR_11kJanuary 22, 2007

I think these people are more interesting to us as laymen than actual industry people...

ShyGuyJanuary 22, 2007

"Miyamoto can't learn me nothing! my video games are teh gunz and bewbz, lol!"

Berto2KJanuary 22, 2007

Zomg, I better get these days off from work as I requested.

mantidorJanuary 22, 2007

what? Kondo and Aonuma are going to speak? that already makes it awesome, miyamoto is just a bonus, depending on what he will say, because if its the same old "we need to broad the audience of games" speech he and Iwata have been saying for the past two years then I'll rather skip it because I'm getting a little tired of it, but Kondo can and will only talk about vg music and Aonuma the same for Zelda.

IceColdJanuary 22, 2007

Now Miyamoto's in? Can't wait!

Here's hoping we also see a surprise game announcement (a la Phantom Hourglass..)

Karl Castaneda #2January 22, 2007

Of course.

The year Keichi Yano, Goichi Suda, Shigeru Miyamoto, and countless other luminaries are scheduled to appear is the year BEFORE I can make my first trek to GDC.

Of ****ing course.

CericJanuary 22, 2007

Is Nintendo actually having a presence on the floor there?

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJanuary 22, 2007

Nintendo has a booth on both the main floor and the career center. Don't think of it like an E3 booth though, as this is more career and business oriented.

MorningStarJanuary 22, 2007

What would one need to major in in College in order to hopefully someday work in the video game industry? As of now I am a History major, but something tells me that isn't what's going to get me in...

ArtimusJanuary 22, 2007

If they don't announce something (original VC content abound!!) I'll be surprised. But, please, most of all...GIVE US A FRIGGIN TWILIGHT PRINCESS SOUNDTRACK RELEASE.

KDR_11kJanuary 23, 2007

What would one need to major in in College in order to hopefully someday work in the video game industry? As of now I am a History major, but something tells me that isn't what's going to get me in...

Nothing, you just need to display the appropriate skills in your application to the company. Most industry people are self-taughts and if they have any degrees it's often in unrelated fields as a fallback if they get tired of videogame development.

AcefonduJanuary 23, 2007

For TP soundrack go to
Best VG music site out there.bluelaguna

KenologyJanuary 23, 2007


Originally posted by: Acefondu
For TP soundrack go to
Best VG music site out there.bluelaguna

There's a much more complete rip over at The Hylia. All 236 tracks (gaddamn!!!).

Anyways, I'm glad Kondo's gonna be there. It's good to see Nintendo outting him a lot more... with many major concert appearances throughout the last few years.

Hopefully, one day, we'll get a full symphony orchestra Zelda concert.

BlkPaladinJanuary 23, 2007

...You know this is the year I decided not to go because of financial and school reasons, now I'm regretting my choice.

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