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Iwata Headlining GDC 2009, Rumors Begin Pouring In

The GDC (Game Developers Conference), has become “the” conference to keep an eye out for these past couple of years. As E3 slowly fades into the distance in terms of importance, other conferences specifically GDC have begun to absorb the limelight.

The past two years, Microsoft and Sony have delivered the keynotes at the GDC and now it’s Nintendo’s turn. During the keynotes of the past couple of years, a couple of renowned games were officially unveiled to the world. LittleBigPlanet and Gears of War 2.

Due to Sony, and Microsoft announcing their big projects, it’s being rumored Nintendo will be dropping a huge new bombshell on us. Will it be a new Zelda game? The Zelda announcement seems to be the major rumor that’s being speculated upon around the internet. The reason being is that the Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was shown at the GDC, in 2006.

I’m not going to buy into the hype myself, as anything could really happen at the keynote this year. It could very well be a Zelda game. Or perhaps they’ll decide to show off a game that’s already been announced a little more in-depth (Punch-Out! perhaps?).

It’s always fun to imagine what could be, just don’t get your hopes up. Which, by viewing numerous forums and comments some people seem to be doing.

Nintendo Media Summit

Ok, E3 was a huge debacle for Nintendo. I think that even the largest of Nintendo fanboys could agree with me. There were a few cool announcements by way of Wii Speak, and Wii Remote MotionPlus. Barring those two accessories, you could say this was Nintendo’s worst conference ever.

Right after E3, I alluded to Nintendo holding back some of their bigger announcements for a different conference, “Most people that have been venting about Nintendo’s lack of “hardcore releases” has stemmed from Nintendo’s lack of presence at E3. To these people I say that I was disappointed myself when I saw no Punch Out, Kid Icarus or any other first party announcement besides Wii Music, and Animal Crossing. But I blame E3 for this, not Nintendo. E3 is but a shadow of what it used to be, and Nintendo knows that most hardcore gamers will be keeping an eye on the other gaming conferences. Perhaps Nintendo decided it was best to save some of their bigger news for a later time.”
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Nintendo Holding Their Own Conference

Well it’s looking like my prediction that Nintendo was holding out information at E3 is credible. Here’s my statement made right after E3 if you don’t believe me:

“Most people that have been venting about Nintendo’s lack of “hardcore releases” has stemmed from Nintendo’s lack of presence at E3. To these people I say that I was disappointed myself when I saw no Punch Out, Kid Icarus or any other first party announcement besides Wii Music, and Animal Crossing. But I blame E3 for this, not Nintendo. E3 is but a shadow of what it used to be, and Nintendo knows that most hardcore gamers will be keeping an eye on the other gaming conferences. Perhaps Nintendo decided it was best to save some of their bigger news for a later time.”

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While I did think Nintendo was holding out gaming information for a better conference, I never thought it would be their own. With all of the money they’ve earned in nearly two years, I’d say they have the funds to host their own show. This is a genius move by Nintendo. You don’t have to deal with competing for attention with the Xbox 360, or the PS3. All of the media that’s there is specifically there to see you. It might be a bit selfish, but all is fair in love and video games.

The Nintendo Conference will be held on October 2nd, and already people are talking about what could be announced. Brand new IPs on the horizon? Will we hear more about Day Of Crisis now that its’ release is upon us. I’m no psychic but this speculation smells of being a topic for Top 5 Friday.

What do you think we can expect to see out of Nintendo, at their conference? Wii Music, Animal Crossing, New IPs?

Source: (Gamekyo)