GDC 2009

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Nintendo Keynote at GDC 09

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Iwata points out third-party developers are showing tremendous support and putting these innovative peripherals to good use. Even when it comes to WiiWare, most releases are not developed by Nintendo. He then quickly mentions the necessity for a new storage solution... which leads to the presentation of Wii Menu 4.0! This is indeed available today, and it offers Wii owners the opportunity to use SD cards to store more menus and extra software! In addition, there are no more limitations as far as storage, as the Wii will support high-capacity SD cards from now on. Great news!

Without further ado, Nintendo presents two upcoming 2009 WiiWare titles: My Life as a Darklord and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Final Fantasy I and IV will also see light on the Wii in 2009.

Then, it's on to the DSi and its interesting new features - a tool that allows you to draw pictures and turn them into animations that you can then share with your friends. You can edit these and even add sounds from the microphone. These animations can be uploaded to a central server to be shared with the world. Another sure hit will be the new DSi WarioWare title.

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The DSi does indeed look promising, or it wouldn't have sold 2 million units in Japan in just a few months! As if that wasn't enough, the amount of preorders in North America is already 2:1 with those of the DS Lite.

But wait! What's that? Out of the blue, they're announcing a new Zelda for the Nintendo DS! The name is The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. The game will be available in 2009, so that's great news. Applause from the masses!

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Okay, now we're all pumped up, and we can't wait to see what's next! But… I guess it's time to wrap up the show. This leaves us with a bittersweet taste in our mouth. New Zelda: Yes! But it's for the DS and not the Wii. It's still great, but we wanted more. Also, where was Miyamoto? I guess we'll have to wait for E3 to see what other surprises Nintendo has in store!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

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