Yesterday, MTBS enjoyed watching Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, do his keynote address at GDC 2011. Kris Roberts will share his own views on what transpired shortly, but here are some summary points.
Satoru explained that the Nintendo 3DS will have its own dedicated wireless network for the purposes of downloading new games, playing socially and competitively with others, and receiving what Nintendo calls "passive content". It's still unclear what this passive content will be, but the general idea is that as people carry their 3DS with them, it will download updates and surprises along the way. Satoru joked that his employees roam around the office during work hours with their 3DS's trying to pick up new content, and he can't scold them...because he does it too!
Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo America also made an appearance. In addition to downloading video games, Reggie explained that 3DS players will be able to stream their favourite movies from Netflix. In fact, users will be able to start watching a movie on a full sized HDTV, pause it, and continue where they left off while they are on the go!
Nintendo is also planning to offer a "short form" 3D video service. The details were sketchy, but it strikes us as a pseudo 3D YouTube service with content that is selected by Nintendo according to your personal tastes. We'll have to see how this turns out. Reggie hinted that 3D video recording is something Nintendo is seriously investigating in a future update.
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