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Nintendo's Satoru Iwata Will Deliver GDC 2009 Keynote

Satoru IwataNintendo Co. Ltd. President Satoru Iwata is going to deliver this year's Game Developer Conference keynote speech.  Usually this would be a time for celebration.  Previous GDC keynotes from Nintendo personnel have brought us announcements such as the mysteries of the machine that would become the Wii and the revelation of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, but this year I am a little more pessimistic about the event.  Why?  Check out the title of the presentation in this news article from Kombo.

Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. will deliver a keynote address at the 2009 Game Developers Conference, kicking-off the main conference's schedule of lectures, panel discussions and roundtables that provide the central forum for learning, inspiration, and networking in the games industry. The address, "Discovering New Development Opportunities" marks Iwata-san's first return to the GDC keynote stage since 2006. The Game Developers Conference takes place March 23-27 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

"Discovering New Development Opportunities".  If that isn't the code phrase for "casual crap is profitable", then I don't know what is.  I know that sounds very negative of me, but considering how far down the casual audience road Nintendo has gone this generation and how the company seems to be working on fewer and fewer high quality core audience games, I'm not sure what other conclusion I can draw from this news.  When I was young, my grandparents, aunts, and uncles on one side of the family would always tell my parents that Nintendo was something I would outgrow, but I never imagined that one day Nintendo would outgrow me.