Fils-Aime: No problem with indies, but “get some experience”

Monday, 28th March 2011 23:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

As Nintendo continues to battle the PR disaster of Reggie Fils-Aime’s ‘no garage developers’ comments, the NoA president himself has clarified the distinction between an indie and an amateur.

“We’ve been clear that we want to work with independent developers who understand this business, who have experience in this business,” Fils-Aime told Joystiq.

“These are people who spent time working with larger publishers and larger developers, but had that idea in the back of their head that they needed to bring to life … and so that’s the type of entity that we want to work with. These are talented developers.”

And how does that differ from the “garage developers” Nintendo isn’t so keen on?

“That’s different from the person who envisions themselves as a developer, but actually hasn’t necessarily created anything, who doesn’t necessarily understand what it takes in this business to create compelling content. That’s where we draw the line,” explained.

“I’ll tell you, if someone calls us tomorrow who has no experience in the gaming industry, but has a passion and has a great idea, our perspective would be, ‘Great, but get some experience. Understand your craft, and then come back to us’”.

US PR Director Mark Franklin has also clarified the company’s position.

Following Nintendo head Satoru Iwata’s GDC keynote on the dangers of the smartphone market, Fils-Aime was quoted speaking against small developers.




  1. AHA-Lambda

    srsly reggie shut u you’re making this worse than it needs to be =s

    #1 4 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    I really hate that fucking frog face.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. The_Red

    So indie dev in Nintendo’s opinion is someone that has worked in big studios with on AAA games with big budget before leaving that all behind to start a small production team of his own. Priceless.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    #4 4 years ago
  5. xino

    i know what he means!

    Reggie is just a good sales man before he joined Nintendo.

    It makes sense, many people would say I have this great idea for a game. But in reality the game cannot be done or just simply too advanced for this generation.

    As for the talk about Indie devs, he’s basically saying compare Angry Birds to DC Universe. Or compare Farmville to Gran Turismo 5. Big major difference.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. IL DUCE

    @2 totally agree 100%

    The guy’s a d!ck

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Kerplunk

    Looking forward to JPickford’s view on Reggie’s comments on experience. :)

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Is it just me or did he actually just make it worse? What a knob.

    #8 4 years ago

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