Having your game published on the Switch right now seems to be a very smart move for indie developers; we've been seeing countless stories over the last few months of smaller studios being overjoyed at the sales they are seeing on the console. Not everyone manages to have such a lucky break, however, with some developers struggling to get their games approved by Nintendo in the first place.
An article at Dotesports has revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes information from developers working to get their games onto the Switch. Wolfgang Wozniak, perhaps most well known for his work on VA-11 HALL-A (which, should be noted, is not the title in question here) has spoken about these struggles, referring in particular to Nintendo of America as being a problem.
"Nintendo of America specifically, has been uncharacteristically ambiguous surrounding what they are looking for in a game," one developer, Wolfgang Wozniak, explained to The OP. "We've been turned down by Nintendo of America five times."
Interestingly, one game was apparently rejected for being "too mature" which Wozniak feels is unfair. He goes on to talk about the differences between indie developers and larger studios, mentioning that Nintendo "is more than happy to publish games like Skyrim, DOOM, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for Switch users when Bethesda is behind the wheel".
Adding to his theory that Nintendo of America in particular is hard to impress, the developer explains his belief that Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo's Japanese headquarters might be more easily persuaded.
"You will likely notice that most of the indie games on Switch are from one of those regions, have a big publisher behind them, or have experienced great success previously on Steam," Wozniak said. "If your work does not fall into one of those three categories, then it seems like Nintendo of America is not interested."
Do you agree with this assumption, or would you assume that the exact same policies will be in place in each and every region? As ever, feel free to voice your opinions in the comments.