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Nintendo Builds Ties With the Indie Community
While flashing back to E3, it’s easy to remember the Sony indie games lineup because the announcement was incredibly impressive. Sony had screens light up behind the developers, showing off the games that were coming to the PS4 to the glee of the cheering crowd. They put on display their desire to include the indie game crowd by showing their acceptance and the difference in approach to Microsoft. Even Microsoft learned from their mistakes with indie developers and recently announced a major change in how they deal with the indie community and have revised their publishing policy for the Xbox One.
Nintendo has been courting indie developers for a long time now to the Wii U and some developers have come out to say how appreciative they are of Nintendo’s methods. The only difference between Nintendo and the other big two is that Nintendo doesn’t feel the need to be as public about the development.
Rhodri Broadbent of Dakko Dakko (Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails) has come out to praise Nintendo’s handling of indie game makers. “Certainly in our experience Nintendo has been every bit as helpful as the other platform holders,” he told Edge. “They don’t shout very loudly about it, but they are working hard behind the scenes to make their platforms as welcoming as possible.”
Lau Korgaard of Knapnok Games (Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party) wasn’t left out and was happy to share his experience with Nintendo. “Nintendo is just doing the right thing without making a big fuss about it. They work on establishing genuine human relationships with the indies,” he added. “They are working on making their tools easily accessible and free and provide equipment for you and are super encouraging in general.”
Slowly but surely both the 3DS and the Wii U are acquiring an impressive indie game library which includes games like Tengami, Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey, Cloudberry Kingdom, and Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails. All of these titles will be appearing in the eshop sometime in the future.