Nintendo president Satoru Iwata addressed some of the salient points regarding his company's next-generation strategy in a brief interview with Businessweek Online following last week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
In particular, Iwata claimed that some development kits for the Revolution were already available, despite a paucity of public information on the nature of Nintendo's next hardware platform. "Development kits are already out there, depending on which stage you're talking about", the Nintendo president commented, continuing: "All I can say right now is "in the near-future" for the basis platform information they will need to get started on games."
Elsewhere, Iwata also commented on the much-vaunted 'totally new interface' for the Revolution, continuing the mystery by stating obliquely: "The new interface will allow some new forms of innovation. Already, you're seeing changes in Nintendo DS, which has a microphone, input pen, and touch screen."
He concluded: "We have a number of candidates for a new interface but are not ready to reveal them. All I can say right now is that whatever we choose will be intuitive and easy to use for everyone." As can be seen, besides the confirmation
of backwards compatibility and Wi-Fi features for the Revolution, little extra information has yet been released, with more teasers possible at E3 this year.