Nintendo doesn’t want to work with garage devs, says Reggie

By Johnny Cullen, Friday, 18 March 2011 10:49 GMT

Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has said the company has no interest with working with garage-based developers.

“I would separate out the true independent developer versus the hobbyist,” Fils-AIme told Gamasutra.

“We are absolutely reaching out to the independent developer. Where we’ve drawn the line is we are not looking to do business today with the garage developer. In our view, that’s not a business we want to pursue.”

His comments follow a GDC keynote from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that seemed to attack the app store dev culture Apple invented following the launch of the first iPhone.

Fils-Aime also dismissed any suggestions that a Wii successor was about to emerge from the Kyoto-based company, but did seem to hint at various ways of bringing the console to a wider audience, including a price-cut.

“The Wii has a long life in front of it. We’re still sitting at $199. There are a variety of marketing tools at our disposal.”

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