It is no secret that some of the biggest developers have given Nintendo a cold shoulder when it comes to a few of their consoles. None were probably as vocal as Electronic Arts. However, according to some Indie developers, Nintendo has been worked with them to bring more games from the smaller/lesser known developers.
According to Nathan Vella, co-founder of Capybara Games’, Nintendo is upping their game with the Indies. He told VG247:
“I’ve seen personally, first-hand, Nintendo making a big move to try and get smaller, unique, independent games on Wii U downloadable. They have a really great team there; Dan Edelman who runs that division is one of the raddest dudes in video games, and I would say easily one of the most respected people by the independent community. Nintendo is reaching out and trying to do something. They’re playing catch up, obviously, and that’s a hard spot to be in when it comes to getting the new stuff, but they’re really putting in.”
Dan Eldon had the following to say, in support of Indie Developers, back in March to Gamasutra:
“Our philosophy is that if you believe enough in your game to build it, we want to do what we can to support you.”
I, for one, an excited that Nintendo is putting focus on the Indie Game market. It not only broadens the developer base, but also places less reliance on the bigger developers. What I am hopeful for is that we see some fantastic new IPs rise up, which in turn will hopefully bring some of the more egotistical developers back down to Earth. Of course, we have seen indie games before, they are nothing new, but I believe that they have mostly been used for filler. By putting a large focus on them, and to be taken seriously, could result in something huge!
What are your thoughts?