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Nintendo quietly courts indies without “making a big fuss”, devs say

Thursday, 25th July 2013 00:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

While Sony brandishes its indie pride and Microsoft publicly back pedals on its unfriendly stance, Nintendo isn’t getting enough credit for quietly toiling away behind the scenes, according to a couple of indie developers.

In a feature on Edge, four indies had nothing but praise for the big N’s policies and practices.

Lau Korsgaard of Spin the Bottle developer Knapnok Games said Sony and Microsoft were both the focus of a lot of attention at E3 for their apparently diametrically opposed approach to indie support.

“Meanwhile Nintendo is just doing the right thing without making a big fuss about it,” he said.

“They work on establishing genuine human relationships with the indies. They are working on making their tools easily accessible and free and provide equipment for you and are super encouraging in general.”

Ragnar Tørnquist of Dreamfall Chapters developer Red Thread Games agreed, noting that Nintendo is much more approachable than Microsoft.

“I don’t think Nintendo gets enough credit for their indie efforts. There are a lot of intriguing indie titles on the eShop, and they’re obviously passionate about increasing the variety of range of games available,” he said.

“They’re still lagging a bit behind Sony in terms of indie support, but I think that has more to do with how closed their hardware has been in the past, rather than a lack of willingness and engagement from their developer relations.”

Dakko Dakko and Nyamyam representatives had similar stories to share; hit the link above for more.

Conversely, the platform holder is said not to be accepting indie applications for Wii U from Japanese developers.

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  1. Alernet

    I met Tom, the guy who posts the official announcements on Miiverse, at PAX East while he was demonstrating Animal Crossing: New Leaf and he was really casual and funny. Nintendo is the most sincere company out there. Who else has their CEO hold bananas for the internet? WHO I ASK!

    #1 12 months ago
  2. DeVitowned

    Ragnar Tornquist? That’s a badass name!

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Joe Musashi

    @article “Conversely, the platform holder is said not to be accepting indie applications for Wii U from Japanese developers.”

    That’ll be one reason for Nintendo’s perception. Nintendo’s alienation and lack of support for third parties against their own high-profile first party marketing activities will certainly be another contributing factor as well.

    JM

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Francis O

    Shut up Joe.

    You’re the fool who said we don’t own our own games. GTFO

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Fin

    Nintendo quietly courts indies without “making a big fuss”, devs say*

    *Unless you’re Japanese

    #5 12 months ago