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News: eShop Sees Turnaround For Nintendo's Digital Services

eShop Sees Turnaround For Nintendo's Digital Services

Is Nintendo finally entering the digital age?

Earlier this year, we interviewed Trent Oster of Beamdog Studios, who had infamously claimed he would never develop titles for Nintendo again after the issues he came across when using Nintendo's WiiWare service. Since then, Nintendo has improved its gaming download facilities via the 3DS eShop, which...

News: Japanese Developers Wrap Up 2011, Look Forward to 2012

Japanese Developers Wrap Up 2011, Look Forward to 2012

What did they make of Nintendo?

Japanese website 4Gamer (via Andriasang) recently asked a huge selection of Japanese developers about their best moments of 2011, and what they look forward to in the coming year. Predictably the 3DS featured heavily, with Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba calling the console "a revolution in...

News: Survey - 58% of Indie Devs Say Nintendo Difficult to Deal With

Survey - 58% of Indie Devs Say Nintendo Difficult to Deal With

Interesting statistics ahead

2D Boy is responsible for World of Goo, one of the best games WiiWare has to offer. The studio's Ron Carmel recently conducted a survey of around 200 independent developers, asking which formats the teams had supported and planned to continue working on in future. Sadly, Nintendo consoles sit right at the bottom. The...

News: Nintendo Clarifies Stance on Garage Developers

Nintendo Clarifies Stance on Garage Developers

Loves them really

There was something of a storm in a teacup around Reggie Fils-Aime's recent comments that Nintendo isn't interested in garage developers. As long-time fans of WiiWare and DSiWare will know, some of the services' better titles have originated from semi-professional coders or small development teams. Now Nintendo of America's director of PR Marc Franklin has stepped in to explain..

News: Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Developers"

Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Developers"

Only wants proper indies, thanks

Whether or not Nintendo has nothing to fear from mobile games, or whether Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's comments about low value games were accurate, the debate about Nintendo's relationship with small game developers is ripe for analysis. What's the company's official stance the matter, though? Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime clarified in an..

News: Headstrong Hard at Work on Trio of 3DS Games

Headstrong Hard at Work on Trio of 3DS Games

But what are they?

Previously known as Kuju London, Headstrong was responsible for bringing Battalion Wars 2 and House of the Dead: Overkill to Wii, and is currently working on Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, but the studio's looking to cast its development net wider with three titles in the works for 3DS. Steve Pritchard, Headstrong's Development Director, confirmed to German site 10do.de that..

News: Renegade Kid Excited by 3DS's Potential for Original Games

Renegade Kid Excited by 3DS's Potential for Original Games

Dementium developer thinks new machine could reignite third parties

When it comes to creating superb DS-exclusive titles, nobody rivals Nintendo: we know this, you know this and developers certainly know this, resulting in a marked decrease in DS boxed releases as publishers look to distribute their funds elsewhere. Jools Watsham, founder of...

News: Nintendo Ranked World's Most Bankable Game Studio

Nintendo Ranked World's Most Bankable Game Studio

Miyamoto rumoured to plan purchase of monocle, cane

Up from last year's runner-up ranking on the Develop 100 list of the most successful game developers, Nintendo this year took the top spot while former titleholder Blizzard Entertainment plummeted to number 80. The current champ's most profitable release this past year was Wii Fit. Eating the big N's pixellated dust are the rest of the top ten..

News: Famous Developers to Create WarioWare D.I.Y. Microgames

Famous Developers to Create WarioWare D.I.Y. Microgames

Even more microgames to download!

It seems fans will not be the only ones to get in on creating their own micrograms using Nintendo's upcoming WarioWare D.I.Y. release on Nintendo DS. Nintendo has just announced that some big name video game developers are getting involved and creating some brand new microgames that fans with a wireless broadband connection will be able to download and play. You..

News: Cursed Mountain Developer Closed

Cursed Mountain Developer Closed

A real horror story

The studio behind Cursed Mountain has been shut down by parent company Koch Media. The game was Deep Silver Vienna's first piece of Wii software and is one of the few third-party titles that was backed by a healthy television advertisement campaign but, although there are no hard sales figures to go on, it is generally regarded that the game sold poorly. Koch Media have not..

News: Nintendo Blocking Third Party Releases On Virtual Console?

Nintendo Blocking Third Party Releases On Virtual Console?

If your title is in direct competition with a Nintendo one, you may be screwed

If you like to moan about the apparent lack of quality titles coming to the Virtual Console then you may wish to direct your anger at Nintendo itself rather than third party publishers, if this recent piece of news is anything to go by. A poster on NTSC-UK forum has replied to a thread about the upcoming release of Super..

Interviews: Big John Games - Thorium Wars

 Big John Games - Thorium Wars

Big John Games talk Thorium Wars.

Earlier this month we saw the release of Thorium Wars on DSiWare. The game was a pleasant (and unexpected) surprise, and we recommend it highly. Needless to say, we were excited by the opportunity to have a few questions answered by the developers. Read on for insight into the retail version that never was, the unfortunate catch-22 of touch-screen control, and..

News: Ashes Developer Loses A Third of its Staff

Ashes Developer Loses A Third of its Staff

Australian studio Transmission Games makes unfortunate lay-offs

Despite the sales success of Ashes Cricket 2009 - and the enormous number of emails we receive about it here at Nintendo Life - the game's original developer Transmission Games (the Wii version was ported by UK-based Gusto Games) has just had to let go a third of its staff due to another potential project falling through. It's..

News: WiiWare Needs More Exposure, Says Former XBLA Manager

WiiWare Needs More Exposure, Says Former XBLA Manager

Also states that Nintendo's service needs demos and user ratings

Speaking at the Digital Distribution Summit in Melbourne, Australia, Fuzbi's David Edery has touched upon the problems facing Nintendo's WiiWare service, as well as discussing the issues that affect all three of the major digital download services - Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and WiiWare. Edery - who used to be XBLA..

Blogs: Rabbids Go Home Developer's Blog

Rabbids Go Home Developer's Blog

We've teamed up with Ubisoft to bring you an insight into their latest Rabbid action, Rabbids Go Home, set for release on Wii later this year.

"You can’t work on a Rabbids game without being a little bit mad yourself. We decided that the whole world needs to see quite what goes into making a 100% mental game experience like Rabbids Go Home, so we’ve setup a developer blog with Nintendo..

News: Overturn Weekend Challenge

Overturn Weekend Challenge

Prepare to meet the makers!

Vince from Studio Zan has just let us know there's going to be a special Weekend Challenge running from the 3rd - 6th of September, where players can get a chance to play against the game developers online in the USA and Japan between 6pm and midnight PST (00:00-08:00 BST). Studio Zan developers can be identified by the name "StudioZAN", so if you run into..

News: Little King's Story's Inspirations Revealed

Little King's Story's Inspirations Revealed

Game designer speaks of Animal Crossing and lots of drinking

We're huge fans of Little King's Story here at NintendoLife, partly because of its phenomenally addictive gameplay but also its bizarre vision of the world and the citizens and enemies that inhabit it. When the game's designer Yoshiro Kimura spoke to N-Sider recently about his inspiration for the game, there was no mention of the obvious..