Wii U: Nintendo giving away free dev-kits to spark interest – rumour

Monday, 8th April 2013 10:25 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo is apparently giving free Wii U dev-kits to developers in an effort to rekindle interest in the format.

Nintendo Life reports that Wii U dev-kits typically sell for $5,000, but a tweet from Destructoid writer Jonathan Holmes suggests that they are now being given away gratis:

Nintendo hasn’t said anything to confirm or deny this claim, but if true it could point to either a desperate attempt to get more studios on board, or it could be part of an indie push, similar to what Sony has been doing with PS4.

What’s your opinion?



  1. Francis O

    Good news if true, Nintendo needs to get Western developers on board with the Wii U, so what better why than giving away dev kits.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Digital Bamboo

    I’m actually surprised that it’s not standard practice to give smaller studios free dev kits if they can present a promising game concept/pitch. If they think it will sell well, then 5 or 10 grand is peanuts for an investment.

    On a related note: How many dev kits does a studio need to make a game?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lengendaryboss

    Yep, this unfortunately reeks of desperation due to the obvious lack of third party support.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Francis O

    Yeah, I also think it should be standard practice though. I don’t think Nintendo is giving away dev kits to Major 3rd party developers. All the major Western 3rd party developers already have one. Gearbox, Ubisoft, Deep Silver, Activision, EA (although there not using it).

    So I think it’s more of a nice jester to get indie developers on board with Wii U. Games like Runner 2, Toki Tori 2, Mighty Switch Force, and Trine 2 have done really well on the Wii U eShop. So I think this is more of a ploy to get more indies to jump on.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    eShop has been getting some really interesting indie games and attracting even more with a move like this is a great move. Seems to me like Sony and Ninty are really trying to welcome indies while MS is ruining everything with “OMG Entertainment box + KINECT 2 + Always-online service” for AAA microtransactions!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul

    “it could be part of an indie push, similar to what Sony has been doing with PS4.”

    Yes but to be fair this started long before this news article. Nintendo have relaxed many requirements for indy’s such as dropping the need for a physical development office among other things.

    Also their agreement with Unity was revealed last year.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ps3fanboy

    after all this give us time and be patience crap talk now nintendo giving away free dev-kits… in other words no one want one and they are getting really desperate.

    its over nintendo, you had your chance. you can start preparing yourself to go software only from now on…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    @7 Spreading so much gloom and doom for Nintendo.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    I would have to agree with MM. Alot has been made about Sony and Unity, and it should be. But Unity has been a part of the WiiU strategy for awhile now. Also giving away WiiU dev kits isn’t anything new either.

    But ofc this headline will invite posters seething to spread word of the immenet death of Nintendo.

    #9 2 years ago

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