Watch the Translated GameCenter CX vs. Iwata Asks Segment Right Here
Posted by Damien McFerran
Fresh from Japan
If you watched last week's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation you'll know that at the end there was a special GameCenter CX segment featuring none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
For those of you that don't know, GameCenter CX (known in the west as Retro Game Master) is a TV show starring Shinya Arino, who plays through some of Japan's most popular video games in each episode - a process which produces some hilarious results, especially when he's playing something as hard as Ninja Gaiden. A DS game based on the show entitled GameCenter CX: Arino's Challenge was released a few years ago - it was localised in North America as Retro Game Challenge.
The segment on the Nintendo Direct broadcast saw Iwata answer a series of questions, the most interesting of which related to game development. Iwata worked at HAL before becoming Nintendo President, and seems keen to get coding again - if his busy schedule permits:
Iwata: If I had the time, I would love to. If I put aside my duties as company president to work on games, I believe it would inconvenience many people. I am resisting.
Arino: What if you spent an hour every day making an Famicom-class game?
Iwata: Games can be purchased as online downloads now. They create new opportunities. A single individual can then create and release their own games. Yes, it may be my chance.
The video is well worth watching, and features lots of [LAUGHS] as well. Enjoy!