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The Results Of Nintendo Games Seminar Show Innovation And Imagination

Posted by Darren Calvert

Last year’s four games available for free on the Japanese Wii U eShop

We recently reported on Nintendo of Japan's Nintendo Games Seminar and commented on what a great opportunity it looked like for young Japanese developers who wanted to make a name for themselves.

Every year selected teams of college students are given classes on game development by Nintendo. Under this expert tutoring students will design and build their own game. The results from last year's program are now available for free on the Wii U eShop in Japan.

The four titles are known as Poppo Hunter, Center Heroes, Shima Nagame (Island Viewing) and Sentou Danchi (Battle Ground Estate). All these titles appear to be very distinct and demonstrate great creativity and imagination from the young Japanese minds — as well as showing the Wii U's various control methods effectively.

Hop on over to Kotaku to find out more details about these games and view videos for all four titles.

Nintendo is continuing to take applications for next year's Nintendo Games Seminar until 29th of June 2014. The only catch is that you have to be a college student in the Tokyo and Kansai region, so that probably rules roughly 99.9 percent of our readership out of the running.

What do you think of the idea of Nintendo Games Seminar? Is this something you think NoA and NoE should offer in the West? Would you like these four games to come to the US and Euro Wii U eShop?


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User Comments (16)



smikey said:

Fantastic idea helps recruit or at least identity developers of the future at very low costs.
also gives those with skills a great early start on the ladder as getting noticed would presumably be one of the hardest tasks.

would love to see the games outside japan but highly unlikely just like it's fairly unlikely such courses would be held outside of japan.

still the more talent they nurture now the better of we'll be in the long term.

& while saying it's just open to students in toyko & kansai regions sounds small (well ok it is quite limited) it should be noted the kansai region is pretty big & includes a fair amount of big places in japan including osaka & kyoto.

Pigeon game is just strange but the others look ok to mess around with for a while the centre hero with the kids would be a nice time killer.
not bad for free games at least.

off topic is anyone else having problems with the internet on wii u today it's normally really fast but today takes 5 - 10 minutes to load every page!
it's definitely not my internet everything else is running fine even mario kart online.



Peach64 said:

I'd love to see more of this sort of thing. I think it was through a similar event that Portal got discovered by Valve. It's great that we're seeing so many indie games make it in a big way, but I imagine there's still a ton of very creative people out there who just don't get noticed.



AJWolfTill said:

One of my friends is enlisting in this years Hope I get to see him featured a year from now!



Technosphile said:

Sucks that these will probably always be exclusive to the Japanese eShop. I want to play the pigeon-feeding game, Nintendo.



ACK said:

This is an interesting way to implement a free games program. Builds exposure and notoriety for young, prospective developers while challenging them to think about creativity and viability more so than marketability. For consumers, it offers a unique novelty while exposing them to fresh perspectives and ideas. The added benefit is that it doesn't degrade the value of the current indie game catalog on the Wii U.



sinalefa said:

If an established and talented developer as Platinum praises the guidance they get from Nintendo, imagine how these students would feel.



maceng said:

You want to create games for the Nintendo platforms, look at Wario's DIY, both for Wii and the DS.



MixMasterMudkip said:

While I'd love to play them. I doubt anything like this would make it out of Japan. Translating them wouldn't be worth it in the long run, and translating them would mean they'd have to charge for them. Chances are they wouldn't even sell well in the end. I'd advise no one get there hopes up.



Henmii said:

"Last year’s four games available for free on the Japanese Wii U eShop"

Lucky Japanese.

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