Retro City Rampage will most likely be WiiWare's swansong when it finally becomes available for download on 28th February, and its developer Vblank Entertainment seems to have enjoyed working with Nintendo while making it.
Speaking on Twitter Brian Provinciano, the game's creator, said:
@flamedragon_ Nintendo's great to work with. Both Sony and Nintendo are welcoming to indies.— Brian Provinciano (@BriProv) February 26, 2013
It's fair to say small developers had a bit of a difficult time creating games for WiiWare. However, since the Wii U emerged they seem to be finding the whole process much easier. It's not known if Vblank benefited from the removal of the various limitations that were imposed on WiiWare developers, but it appears any dealings it had with Nintendo were all positive.
Plenty of developers have praised Nintendo for its new approach towards indie developers. Shin'en Multimedia told us last year that the 3DS eShop is a "big step forward", while the Wii U eShop has seen praise from Chasing Aurora developer Broken Rules, which said the new system was more indie friendly than the Wii ever was.
Trine 2: Director's Cut developer Frozenbyte has also commented on how developers now have more control of how they operate when making games for the Wii U eShop, and more recently Gaijin Games, the studio behind the upcoming BIT.TRIP Presents: RUNNER 2, said though it's not perfect, Wii U is a vast improvement over Wii.
Having Nintendo relinquish more control over to small developers can only be a good thing for their creative freedom. Hopefully we'll see more improvements and ultimately more great games.
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