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Nintendo: “very low demand” from publishers, says n-Space boss

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 22:55 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Port specialist n-Space has a proud history of producing games for Nintendo platforms, but CEO Dan O’Leary has said publishers just aren’t interested in the 3DS and Wii U.

Speaking with GamesIndustry, O’Leary confirmed that n-Space has no Nintendo titles in development right now, for the first time in “probably ten years”.

“It’s kind of a sad thing to say, because for a long time n-Space has been known as a Nintendo-friendly developer. We certainly have loved all our time working with them. We think their hardware’s great,” he said.

“We think more often than not they have the right mindset in the difficult game world we live in. There’s just very low demand right now for their work through the publisher side.”

The executive said he expects Nintendo to “swing back”.

“The news was just talking about how Nintendo was beating everybody with hardware sales. The DS and 3DS sales curves have been slower than publishers would have liked. That may change, but I can tell you right now we’re not working on anything,” he added.

Founded in 1994, n-Space is a Florida-based developer that mainly produces ports and adaptations of existing titles. It was behind the 3DS version of Skylanders: Giants and the DS version fo Call of Duty: Black Ops, for example. It also produced the under-appreciated Heroes of Ruin for 3DS.

Thanks, MCV.

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10 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    3DS?!

    Weird…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. xBASSxMONSTAx

    Wii-U understandable but 3DS…. You are bat shit crazy O’Leary.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. m0uz

    3DS..?
    Yeah he’s talking out of his ass.

    Also I’m not a fan of the WiiU but I find it funny how everything has tablet integration now and everybody’s flipping their shit about it.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Tyrantsoul

    To be fair fair on him though.The hand-held market is shrinking rapidly due to advancements in mobile tech.I have a Wii U.I am however getting rid of it due to the fact its just not a good system.No memory(yes i do use a 500gb external but should not have to for the price),god awful pad with a very resistant touch screen.Wonderful 101 was my last hope for it and that turned out to be a bad both in game-play and response.It is a shame as I used to love Nintendo but they have lost the plot it seems,and I have no inclination to wait for them to find it again.I have been hearing that for near on a year now.

    A shame.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    @1
    Actually he’s not too wrong. 3DS is doing great but most of the support is coming from Big N and a few Japanese publishers.

    The likes of Activision, EA and such are focusing on phone / tablet titles rather than 3DS.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. polygem

    @4: i sold my launch wiiu a few months after launch because of the games drought and because i own several other systems including the 3ds. i personally always liked the hardware though, just thought the 3ds is the better device with better games and because of that enough for my nintendo fix…
    well, selling the wiiu was one of my biggest regrets in recent gaming history and i am writing this on my shiny new wiiu pad right now. i bought mine for 199€ brandnew. i am looking forward to play ssb, windwaker hd (my fave zelda game and easily among my most favourite games of all time, so looking forward to it!), will buy pikmin today, donkey kong, mk8, mario 3d soon…
    what i really like about nintendo: when i buy a game from them i know it will be great, i know it will be a quality product that i will enjoy. i bought resistance bs and was shocked, i bought lbp racing and it was a letdown, uncharted ga too, heck even gravity rush (what a clunky mess), halo 4 did not feel like halo to me anymore and so on. nintendo games stay nintendo games. they innovate but they always are quality games that have this unique nintendo vibe to it and you can trust into the brand. i really like that about them and i guess that is the main reason why i trade in lots of games all the time but stick to my nintendo games. they just scream quality and replay value. just look at windwaker. how old is that game now? 12 years?
    i think more games will come to the wiiu, i hope they will. wiiu is a fun system. there will come games that will be like this zelda game, games that are so good that they will be worth owning the system just to play those.
    wiiu needs a price drop, more indies, a metroid and zelda wiiu and even a new nintendo ip wouldn’t hurt. i would make a bundle with limited edition wiiu systems like they do with the 3ds (animal crossing, fire emblem, luigi, pokemon etc.), people love that. they need to get rid of the ninty id connected to console thing. i hope they will NEVER introduce achievements. i wish wiiu would have more third party support too, because if there would be games like diablo and dark souls available for it, it would be my favourite system…well you can’t have it all i guess.

    well enough of that. all i was trying to say…i would think twice about selling it ;)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Tyrantsoul

    @#6 Thank you for your comment.I agree with some of the franchises you mentioned.I never took to uncharted to be honest,Resistance 3 was not as good as the first two,Halo 4 felt nothing like a Halo,though I did like the story,LBP karting was not bad.The problem with your Nintendo games list(personally)is that I have no interest in SSB,Mario or Donkey Kong.So I’m left with Zelda HD,which I still have the limited edition version for gamecube that still looks great today.I did play MH3U for quite abit but that was not much different to the Wii version.Wii U won’t get third party support now.The only reason it has most of the upcoming ones is because of the transitional period between gens.Once developers go full next gen Wii U wont get a look in.I’m not happy about it,it is a shame.Indie wise most of what they showed I can get one one or both of my other two consoles or pc.As much as I love Zelda I think that even that is getting old.It needs a major overhaul now.To be honest it has for quite some time.Trouble is due to lack of game interest(Pikmin selling only 30k in a week and Yakuza sellin 2k) and the system itself not doing so great its showing people are starting to move on from Nintendo.The super kid friendly styling they go for is not working as well due to Nintendo not admitting that their NES,SNES and even N64 players have grown up now.Power also seems to be an issue too with the machine.

    Whew that was a wall o text right there.To any Fanboys flexing their fingers to furiously responed,don’t bother.I play all platforms.Have done since Atari 2600 onward.And excuse any mistake grammar wise I may have made as its 6:40 am lol

    I am glad you are enjoying your Wii U Polygem.Have fun

    #7 2 years ago
  8. polygem

    yeah i hear you, only fair. many people will agree with what you just said and i can understand it, i personally like that nintendo are staying true to themselves and that they have been nintendo all of the time. when shooters became the next big thing and everyone jumped right on that train, nintendo stayed nintendo. they improved on what they had and they did a great job with it. they tried to innovate the hardware too, more than anyone else.
    i personally feel more mature when i play animal crossing or donkey kong country than by playing black ops…
    maybe they have lost touch, maybe i have too.
    i for one hope nintendo wont change too much though, they could easily sacrifice what makes them so unique…that would be sad.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Joe Musashi

    The pic of the guy in the GamesIndustry article makes him look like some sort of amateur magician.

    JM

    #9 2 years ago
  10. polygem

    they call me magic mike

    #10 2 years ago

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    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

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  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]