Nintendo enticing devs to publish on Wii U eShop

Wednesday, 20 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.”

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.