Nintendo 3DS's eShop has seen quite a lot of action from independent developers since its launch, with the likes of VVVVVV, Bomb Monkey and Zen Pinball 3D gracing the service so far, to name just a few. It's a trend that Nintendo is keen to continue.
Speaking to VG247, Nintendo UK marketing manager Ben Taylor confirmed that the company would love to see more indies taking advantage of 3DS.
VG247: Nintendo has increased its support of digital downloads considerably in recent years. How important is it to maintain a strong digital store front on 3DS, and would you like to see more indie developers taking part?
Ben Taylor: This is definitely important to us. The 3DS provides a great platform for indie developers and we’d love to see more.
In the same interview Taylor also reconfirmed the reasoning behind the omission of a second Circle Pad on 3DS XL, agreeing with Satoru Iwata that screen size and battery life took precedence. He also reaffirmed that a Circle Pad Pro XL is in development.
VG247: There is, however, no second thumbstick. Many are calling this an oversight on Nintendo’s part. Is it something you might consider in future revisions?
Ben Taylor: We did review the possibility of the second controller, but we felt that increased battery life was really important to players, and this would have been affected if we had introduced one. It would also have made the console a lot bigger and bulkier.
Importantly, the majority of games, for instance the likes of Mario Kart 7 or Super Mario 3D land, don’t benefit from the second controller. A second circle pad peripheral is in development for the 3DS XL which can be used for titles such as Resident Evil Revelations.
Head over to VG247 for the rest of the interview, which also deals with Nintendo's approach to 3DS at E3 and core titles on the handheld.
Which indie developers would you like to see more of on 3DS?