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Spin the Bottle Nintendo certification taking “way longer than anticipated”

Wednesday, 10th July 2013 03:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Spin the Bottle missed its scheduled May release thanks to Nintendo’s rigorous quality assurance process, according to indie developer KnapNok.

In a statement published on My Nintendo News, the developer explained that the nature of the Wii U exclusive party game makes it difficult to get it through certification quickly.

“The game has been done for months now, we are going through the last quality assurance with Nintendo and it has taken way longer than anticipated,” the developer said.

“One of the problems is that we are doing so much weird stuff with the Wii Remotes, such as pushing buttons with your nose, passing them to each other over your heads and players blindfolded crawling around on the floor trying to find the controller. Each of these things is non-conventional and there are just so many rules and requirements that can go wrong.”

The Danish team cannot guarantee a release date at this point but is tentatively guessing at mid-August.

“I don’t regret that we are doing all this weird stuff, this is what makes the game great, but the last couple of months have certainly been painful,” a representative said.

In the meantime, KnapNok has been prototyping an update for the title.

“There is so much interesting design space to explore of games that makes the players look at each other, communicate with each other or touch each other and we are looking forward to be able to start talking about all this new stuff.”

Spin the Bottle seems like a light-hearted take on the mini-game-with-friends genre, and was shown at GDC and IndieCade.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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  1. salarta

    Since when does Nintendo care about quality again? The only information I’ve found so far about this game concerning publisher says that KnapNok is the one publishing the game, not Nintendo, so if Nintendo still gets to do “quality assurance” for third party games, then where was it for all the shitty shovelware that the Wii had?

    #1 9 months ago
  2. fihar

    @1
    I don’t think you completely get what the quality assurance process is for.
    It’s like a crash test for video games.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Meatball

    @Brenna Sorry to be that guy, but I’m pretty sure KnapNok are based out of Copenhagen and are therefore Danish and not Dutch.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. MsMarvel1987

    I was about to say that, haha. KnapNok is Danish

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Brenna Hillier

    Shit, I knew that – just a brain fart. Thanks for the spot.

    #5 9 months ago