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Nintendo eShop Developers Teaming Up in Plan for 'Ninty Indy Con'

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

An online event to bring download gamers and devs together

Expos and conventions are certainly a major part of any gaming year, whether public events that allow gamers to try new games or industry-based alternatives that allow developers, publishers and platform holders to forge relationships. In an increasingly connected world, however, not all of these events necessarily need a venue hall in which to take place.

Randy Freer of HullBreach Studios — who we previously interviewed regarding his team's HullBreach Uncloaked project — has been in touch to provide an early heads up on a planned online convention / expo centred around eShop developers. With a focus on Wii U initially, there are plans for gamers, media and developers to meet online at a specified time of the year for a series of reveals, announcements and Q & A sessions. This is only in the very earliest stages of planning, though Freer wanted to announce the intention of organising this event and point gamers to the Nintendo Indy Family Twitter account, a hub for the potential grouping and collaboration of download developers that has just been launched; an official website is in development.

With resources such as social networks, Ustream and — particularly — Twitch, it's certainly not infeasible to run a convention using web-cams and live feeds, which is arguably little different to the interactions of live charity game streams, for example.

Would you be interested in participating in an online Nintendo Indy convention? Share your thoughts below.

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User Comments (17)

FineLerv

#1

FineLerv said:

I will totally be in to this! I don't have a Twit account so it would entirely be dependant on Nintendo Life telling me when it's happening.

XFsWorld

#7

XFsWorld said:

@Xilef Nice name

The games I bought during the Nindy Con was Runner 2 & Giana Sisters. So this will be great if they can get it done.

Kaze_Memaryu

#8

Kaze_Memaryu said:

It's an interesting thought, but I don't neccessarily see the point in having a con just for Nintendo indie devs... I know they're in a risky position, but that goes for many indies in general, regardless of the platform(s).

@Xilef You beat me to it!

Sakura

#12

Sakura said:

Hmm, like the idea of an online convention, but on first reading the title I understood "rip off" for "con". Maybe that's just my suspicious and untrusting nature!

Action51

#15

Action51 said:

Excellent idea!

Even though Nintendo has been embracing indie developers since the DS and Wii days, somehow Sony has managed to steal a lot of the thunder for being indie friendly.

People always complain abut Nintendo's lack of marketing and low visibility, so here is a way to promote these small developers that are finding success on Nintendo platforms.

I mean it, this is a really, really great idea...I hope it is a success.

CthulhiGames

#17

CthulhiGames said:

I would like to take a moment to announce that the name of the online indie con has been finalized as NindyCon. I have acquired the domain, and am busily developing the webpage. The site will focus on advocating support for all Indie developers targeting a Nintendo platform and getting their games in the spotlight.

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