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Put yourself in the position of a very good software engineer. You're making games because you're in it for the love and not so much the money as you could probably do uninteresting non gaming development and earn at least twice the salary with better hours. Publishers and managers only have so much sway on you because the chances of being unemployed for more than a couple of weeks between jobs is pretty slim. This is the challenge of managing a talented employee base which has mobile skills and a real willingness to walk if they don't get what they want.

You have two major options, either you maintain old code and port the Wii U or you can work on completely new architectures and take on new challenges so which one do you pick? Remembering that you're in it for the love and not the money so unless you have a specific love for Nintendo you're probably going to pick the latter. Now multiply this effect by X number of engineers spread over Y number of development houses and you have the answer as to why Z numbers multiplatform ports aren't coming Nintendo's way.

So there we have it, a repeat of the last generation where 3rd party developers pretty much only develop for the Nintendo console because they 'have to'  and any developer with a choice exercises it generally and develops for other systems. Nintendo was simply unwilling to do what the top level developers wanted and hence they don't get the support from the top level developers, had the Wii U been more powerful it would have been a lot more interesting to developers or had it come say in 2010 there wouldn't have been the option for these developers to simply move onto new systems.

TLDR: Top level developers would have no problem supporting the Wii U but they just don't want to and managers can't tell them what to do.



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i can see ninty having plenty of problems with 3rd party support.

MARCUSDJACKSON said:
i can see ninty having plenty of problems with 3rd party support.


I can't.



The Wii-U will have decent third party support for the next 2 years providing developers can manage to hold off their pride and release games in 2013 (the ones that can be released multiplatform without delays).

2014 looks like it might be a good year for the Wii-U but who knows....we'll know more next year.



You are predicting the same happened with Wii last gen... and you are right because after the release of PS720 the third-party developers will move to the next gen.

And the Wii U? Well Nintendo is strong enough to support with first-party.

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I'm going to make the giant assumption that developers or engineers or whatnot are in it for the money, for the most part.

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concity06 said:
MARCUSDJACKSON said:
i can see ninty having plenty of problems with 3rd party support.


I can't.


take a better look then

 

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=151123&page=1



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Areym said:
I'm going to make the giant assumption that developers or engineers or whatnot are in it for the money, for the most part.


what? are you saying that developers and engineers want to make money and make a living? i thought they just loved making games and want to make them for free?!



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Wii U will get most of Japanese third party support and thats good enough for me (and Japan). I'm personally done with all the glitchy graphicsfocussed games and realized Japanese games are the only one with actual gameplay. Japan will realise the development cost are way to high for the PS4 because the main focus will be graphical power and therefore make games for Wii U and 3DS. The same is happening with 3DS/Vita right now. Nintendo already took over Dragon Quest, Monster Hunter and Bayonetta. This may only be the beginning.

Also: the Japanese market is WAY larger en profitable than the western countries.

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concity06 said:
MARCUSDJACKSON said:
i can see ninty having plenty of problems with 3rd party support.


I can't.


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