Nintendo Wii U to be Saved by Indie Devs?

It’s no secret that the Wii U has failed to capture the imagination of the public. Mixed messages, poor third party relationships and no clear direction from Nintendo, has left this console slowly sinking in the water. However, Nintendo has finally had some good news. Nintendo claim that over 1000 independent developers have been in contact with the company with the intention of releasing their game on the Wii U.

wii-u-zeldaThe biggest problem Nintendo face is finding time to negotiate with these indie devs and keep them all happy. Should Nintendo pull this off they will have a whole host of independent third party support and their online Wii U marketplace will be inundated with downloadable software.

So why the sudden change in attitude from developers? Well, Nintendo are so secretive that nobody is aware when their policies change. Dan Adelman of Nintendo admitted the company were at fault for the lack of communication and in the future hope to rectify this:

Developers seem to be overwhelmingly positive. Some of the major changes that we’ve made actually still haven’t been well communicated yet,” he added. “We’ve put the message out there and I think we have to keep hammering home the message because we need to make sure that people hear about it. We used to have a lot of barriers on the way to releasing games on our platforms

One example would be, we used to require that developers work out of an office that’s separate from their home, and that was a big barrier for a lot of indie developers. And we got rid of that. And still, I talk to developers today who will say, ‘Yeah, I’d love to make a game for a Nintendo platform, but I work at home.’ So I have to say ‘Actually, about six months ago, maybe it was nine months ago, we announced that we changed that policy.

Personally I believe restricting creative people, who could potentially make you money, because of their location is ludicrous. However, it is great to see Nintendo finally making a concerted effort to win certain developers over. Indie devs even have more direct, perhaps even greater access to Nintendo from their own home. Developers can visit Nintendo’s recently launched Wii U Development Website, where they can have a tinker and create amazing ideas for the Wii U. When speaking with Gamespot, Dan Adelman spoke about the positive response to the site:

It’s been overwhelming. We’ve gotten probably over 1,000, I don’t know if we’ve hit 2,000, developers with really wide-ranging levels of experience……We’ve got some who have recently left their jobs in mainstream publishers and are starting a new company, or have been indies for a while. All the way to high school students who are thinking of getting into game development and want to know more about it.

Whether this will help to change the Wii U’s fortunes only time will tell, but with a host of Android games (as reported earlier on Twinstickgaming) on the way coupled with this, there could still be life in the old, sorry, relatively new dog yet.

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