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Frozenbyte: "The Wii U eShop is Very Promising"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Affordable updates and certification on the wish list

Of all we've heard and seen of Wii U, the eShop remains the biggest mystery. We may have an idea of some of the launch window titles, but we know little of what it'll look like or what additional content it'll feature, beyond games.

We do know of Nintendo learning from some past mistakes, however, such as allowing multiple user accounts on a system. There have been some positive noises from developer's who've seen a little more, too, with Trine 2 developer Frozenbyte joining in. Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, the title's producer Lauri Hyvärinen shared some initial impressions, as well as hopes for the platform's future.

Nintendo is taking online very seriously with Wii U. Everything we have seen and heard about the Wii U eShop sounds very promising.

Our hopes as developers are quite simple: inexpensive updating and easy certification process. That's really it. If the Wii U eShop can deliver either one of these, or even both, then we will be very happy!

Perhaps the latter point is more interesting, especially after high profile issues with updates and certification on the Wii Shop, such as those explained by Trent Oster of Beamdog, though improvements compared to the Wii service have been evident in the 3DS eShop since it launched. How optimistic are you that Nintendo will make Wii U eShop an attractive platform for developers?


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User Comments (19)



GameLord08 said:

With the announcement of the Unity partnership with Nintendo, all the hype and encouragement would prove manipulative if Nintendo did not seize this opportunity to establish themselves as a more approachable platform to newer indie devs. The Wii sort of proved poor in comparison to XBLA and PSN in the indie sector, and I think more new IPs in this vein are crucial to the perceived success of the Wii U eShop in future. They need to grab this bull by the horns and twist it hard.



eltomo said:

The best thing Nintendo could do, is make their VC games online compatible. Mainly some sort of virtual LAN where you and two friends can play Secret of Mana over the internet with some sort of drop in/out play, or leaderboards, that would be fine too.



erv said:

eshop needs an excellent interface. You can have as many products as you want, but if it is tucked away in some far away place the average user won't look, lots of potential customers aren't buying.

That, and of course great games. But with Toki Tori 2 and Trine 2 on there, you'll see me buying some already



rjejr said:

Dinosaur videos. The world needs more cranky dinosaur office worker videos.

OK, what they really need is a sane $ system. I don't want to have to pay $10 on my CC to get a $2.99 game. Sony has a $5 limit BUT I've had $3.15 in my wallet and it's let me put on the remainder for a $4.99 game. I still have 200 points on my Wii that will never be spent so I'm kinda focused on that.



LavaTwilight said:

They wouldn't have to do that unless they 'remade' it under a wiiware title with such features included.

As far as the e-shop is concerned they can have as many titles on there but what I love is the DLC... I'm ashamed to say I'm a sucker for those and if I really enjoy a game then I'd wana buy the additional content. Imagine it, additional drivers and courses in Mario Kart, a bonus map in Pikmin 3, different characters for certain games or more pokemon to collect. The ideas are endless and frankly rather scary.



AVahne said:

Don't worry about that, 3DS already lets you charge the exact amount of your game purchase to your credit card so you won't have anything left over. It's just that most states make you pay taxes on eShop.



AVahne said:

Not really, Japan already got Ice Climbers on 3DS VIRTUAL CONSOLE with newly built in Download Play.
Not to mention Wii Virtual Console has Super Street Fighter 2 now has built in online multiplayer. It really all depends on developers if they to go through the trouble of implementing new features into old games.



Boo_Buster said:

@rjejr On the 3DS you can just take the available funs right off your credit/debit card. It is easier than pie. The Wii points thing was kind of ridiculous, no doubt, but the 3DS has fixed that. Real money, and you can take the exact price of the application from your real card



arrmixer said:

I have high hopes for eshop I'm banking on great indie games to keep me entertained. I'm already buying Trine 2 and Nano Assault...

Can't Wait



Windy said:

They have alot of error to make up for cause frankly they have had their butts kicked in this department by every single other download platform and thats no joke



Moshugan said:

This ''news'' is full of big buts and ifs! There's no real guarantee that it will be easier on the small developer.



Varia01 said:

Nothing I'm more looking forward to then Super Metroid on VC. Or if they have a GCN matketplace, tehn Metroid Prime. Nothin' I mean nothing is better than Metroid nothin'!!!

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