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Nintendo enticing devs to publish on Wii U eShop

Wednesday, 20th June 2012 09:27 GMT By Stace Harman

A report by Wii U Daily suggests Nintendo will offer developers “insane incentives” in order to attract strong support for its Wii U eShop.

Nintendo has learned from its mistakes and will be offering heavy incentives to publish full-retail titles on the Wii U eShop, website Wii U Daily is reporting.

The information apparently arrived at the site courtesy of an anonymous developer, who said:

“They’re offering insane incentives for publishers to sell retail games as downloads on the console. You’d be stupid not to take advantage of it and go retail box-only”.

According to the source, these “insane incentives” translate to “a much bigger revenue cut that [sic] you’d get selling it on any other platform at the moment, plus promotions on the online store.”

The Wii U eShop will be available at launch. In an investor briefing earlier in the year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that first-party Wii U launch titles would receive a digital release alongside the physical retail launch.

Commenting on the future of Nintendo’s digital distribution efforts, the anonymous Wii U Daily source said, “If they [Nintendo] pull it off and it gains traction, it’ll press the other guys [Microsoft and Sony] to give more of the revenue to the publishers. It’s very good for us who make games.”

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  1. Maikrobi

    rofl – Wii U – 399,99, says Amazon GER

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    @1,
    Looks like ninty didn’t learn anything from 3ds, overpriced at 400 for something probably on par or little more powerful than ps3. Sure to bomb at launch at that price.
    300 would be a reasonable price.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DonnyKD

    @2,

    Not sure if stupid or just trolling…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. polygem

    i really love nintendo games but they have to fix a lot of things with their e-shop.
    what really sucks is that all your purchases are connected to the console and not your credit card…you can transfer data from one 3ds to another 5 times but you cannot redownload stuff you already bought onto a new system…this is just bs. if you lost your system, it got stolen, is damaged you are pretty much f§$ked. that´s why i am definiteley not planning to get upcoming games like new super mario bros 2 as an e-shop download. i totally would if i wouldn´t have to worry about loosing it one day, just because my console gave up on life or whatever happened to it- and then having to pay for it again.
    the unique gamer id is overdue. or just something else that fixes it…this is so 90´s.
    on topic. for 299 euro i´ll pick it up day one with one or two games…for 399 Euro i will probblay hesitate.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    @4,
    Nintendo- What is Gamer ID?
    @3,
    Nintendogs will buy it at any price, because they are well….

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Is storage just SD-Card? Quite limiting for a HD console. Unless you can use a USB HDD?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    I do agree with polygem comments, they need to allow to save the games on any physical data travel device, like SD CARD, flash cards, etc and not lock this games onto the console, if they can work on this then i will be buying a lot of things on their store, otherwise not to much, only the must have tittles that are available just for download, like in PSN/XBLA.

    As for the price, if this turns out to be the true price, then i will get it either way,the thing is only the nintendo die hard will do it, they need an atractive price point in order to do well, like the wii and 3DS.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Joe Musashi

    A tweeter who happens to be writer for Pocket Gamer and Gamasutra says:

    @RaveofRavendale: Been told by a Wii U dev that Nintendo offering incentives for eShop devs is “heresay, wishful thinking and creative writing combined.”

    @RaveofRavendale: In other words, that report is a load of bollocks

    JM

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    @8
    Of course it’s a load of bollocks. Nintendo has always been uber dumb in online department and while Wii U’s network / Miiverse is a step in the right direction, it will be years before they can offer some actually worthy and useful incentives to devs. Heck, even MS and Sony have just recently started to pay serious attention to their online only games (Unfinished Swan, Datura and Journey for Sony, Deadlight, Dust – An Elysian Tale and Trials Evolution for MS).

    #9 2 years ago