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Nintendo Clarifies Stance on Garage Developers

Posted by James Newton

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There was something of a storm in a teacup around Reggie Fils-Aime's recent comments that Nintendo isn't interested in garage developers. As long-time fans of WiiWare and DSiWare will know, some of the services' better titles have originated from semi-professional coders or small development teams. Now Nintendo of America's director of PR Marc Franklin has stepped in to explain the company's feelings on the matter.

Franklin told Gamasutra that the company is more interested in good quality content than where it came from:

Nintendo always appreciates good quality content regardless of whether that's coming from an indie developer or a more established publisher.

Franklin also points to WiiWare success World of Goo as an example of when the format-holder has worked closely with a small team to deliver a fantastic game:

For example, we've worked with 2D Boy, the people behind World of Goo for WiiWare. This is a group of guys who don't even have an office. So we embrace that kind of independent spirit and it's ultimately the most innovative content that will rise to the top.

There, glad that's all cleared up, then.

[via gamasutra.com]

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Woffls

#3

Woffls said:

This contradicts Reggie's statement a little. It was quite clear from what Reggie said that they were separating 'indie' developers from 'garage' developers. Now Franklin has implied that they're the same? I just wish they'd never said anything in the first place.

Guybrush20X6

#4

Guybrush20X6 said:

Reminds me of the time the guy in charge of Nintendo Europe said the only ones who wanted a storage solution to the Wii were "Geeks and Otaku". Way to please your fanbase.

Oregano

#9

Oregano said:

I think people are completely missing the obvious reason for their stance. Accountability.

Making development kits readily available to the public increases the threat of the system being hacked which is why generally they require you to be a registered business with a registered office. There are some rare exceptions such as 2D Boy(who Nintendo were involved with) and Team Meat(who Nintendo originally approached for Aether).

Their line about concern over software quality is nothing but PR fluff.

wanderlustwarrior

#10

wanderlustwarrior said:

Oh man, I forgot that whole "Geeks and Otaku" thing.

I would say that everyone at Nintendo should watch what they say about who they want more often and run it through PR, but much of their staff seems to be incapable of foresight.

@9: The system's already been hacked.

Hardy83

#12

Hardy83 said:

Reggie says a lot of things. I'm amazed people still believe him.

He did say before the DSiWare launcehd that DSiWare was more about quality vs quantity.
And we all know where DSiWare ended up. No quantity and barely any quality.

Just stop listening to Reggie. Only take heed what Iwata says, cause that's from the top, not a marketing man who's only intent is trying to make Nintendo look as good as possible.

MasterGraveheart

#14

MasterGraveheart said:

Well, Nintendo DID help bring us World of Goo and Cave Story... and I freakin' LOVE Cave Story, unforgiving though The Sanctuary is... <3

Lotice-Paladin

#16

Lotice-Paladin said:

@3: Isn't NOA always fumbling words and getting their point across in the wrongest way possible? It doesn't surprise me that there has always been a lack in communication within the company.

As for what was said, they have to say it so it doesn't make them look bad in the spotlight.

Pod

#17

Pod said:

People offended by what Reggie said are
we can do without the name-calling, thank you — TBD

Franklin stepping up with a statement like this is alright, but really, they don't need to defend their position of only wanting to do games with people who're ready to do business.

Bankai

#22

Bankai said:

haha, of course the PR guy will step in to "clarify" things when a senior exec says something stupid.

dizzy_boy

#23

dizzy_boy said:

as usual, the PR has to clean up management garbage. only if they could do the same for nintendo`s download service.

astarisborn94

#24

astarisborn94 said:

@Hardy83: I thought that DSiWare had a lot of quantity in the comparatively short amount of time it's been made available.

Also, Reggie Fils-Aime is the president of Nintendo of America, which means he is pretty significant figure to Nintendo's audience. You're also implying that Iwata is the only person we should listen to. Not saying that we should listen to what a janitor say, but that doesn't mean Shigeru Miyamoto, Aonuma, or Konno should be ignored or don't have valid information to share.

1080ike

#26

1080ike said:

@24: Thank you for taking the words out of my mouth before I even read the article! You psychic... mindreader... person!
Sigh... Nintendo needs to make up their minds.

StarDust4Ever

#27

StarDust4Ever said:

Reggie has eaten his own words several too many times. Nintendo needs to fire or demote him and bring in a better PR guy (or gal :* ).

Noire

#29

Noire said:

Ahh Nintendo, you and your lovable klutziness with the words and the talking.

Vinsanity

#30

Vinsanity said:

I hope someone above his head chewed Reggie out for saying something so stupid.

Something to the effect of, "You do know that we have several, 'MyNotebook' games available for DSiware, right? I also believe we have a fireplace game for wiiware, and a "disco light" thing for DS too. Clearly; we don't give TWO about the games we put on our platforms - we just need developers. Because in case you haven't noticed, third party games aren't selling like hotcakes. STOP PISSING OFF PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY - FOR SOME REASON - WANNA MAKE SOMETHING FOR WIIWARE OR DSIWARE!!!"

Hardy83

#31

Hardy83 said:

@Limelight 788

I meant only listen to Iwata in regards to company policy and direction. The names you mentioned are game makers, in which they are fascinating to listen too and to hear about the game they are working on, but in terms of Nintendo's policies and direction. I only think Iwata is the only man you should listen too.
Mayyyyyybe Miyamoto, but I whole heartedly believe that everything that comes out of Reggies mouth is just PR BS.

And while I do think there was amazing games on DSiWare. I believe there wasn't enough and the ratio of gems to piles of poo were just so messed up.
Nintendo themselves are a main culprit on DSiWare's suckage, specifically with their Illusion games.

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