Iwata To Keynote GDC 2011
Conference organizers have revealed that the keynote address of this year’s Game Developer’s Conference will be delivered by none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. His keynote is titled “Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future” which is appropriate as this year will mark the 25th time that GDC has been held. It is important to note that almost every time Iwata has done a keynote at GDC some major revelation has come out of it, including the first info on Wii (called “Revolution” at that point) in 2005, and the reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks in 2009. Does this mean Nintendo will reveal the successor to Wii at this year’s GDC? Or does it mean that 3DS will get another major event before it’s official release? We’ll just have to wait until the beginning of March to find out.
Maximillion Not Mixin Up With Mudds on DSiWare
Sadly, developer Renegade Kid has decided not to develop Maximillion and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds for DSiWare. The developer put out a call a month ago asking if fans wanted to see the game released and hoping to get 1,000 responses before committing resources to the title. Having waited the requisite time there were only 452 votes of confidence for the game, 548 short of what Game Director Jools Watsham was hoping for. This unfortunately means the game will not be showing up on your DSi (or 3DS) any time in the foreseeable future. “I realize that Max may not seem special to some people,” Watsham said. “I believe Max could have been a very special addition to the DSiWare library.”
Source: Jools Watsham’s Blog
Downloadable Potpourri Brings Two Capcom Classics
Nintendo released a whopping seven titles and one demo for its various download services. Of note are two more Virtual Console arcade titles, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Exed Exes, both from Capcom. Strangely, Ghosts ‘n Goblins had already seen a release in the form of the NES port of the game. That port has been removed, so your only option for playing this insanely difficult title is to shell out the extra 300 points to download the arcade version. The good news is that you can just keep inserting digital quarters to keep playing with the original version. It does beg the question, though, is Nintendo going to remove other ports of arcade titles when said titles are released in their original versions?
Editor’s Note: Ghosts ‘n Goblins for NES was added back to the Wii Shop Channel the day after it was removed.