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Time to try to catch the third-party devs.

Sony did the same with Vita...



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I don't think price of Wii U devkits is the issue here....but its a start. Good job Nintendo!

It's a really good strategy. Instead of forcing people to pay upfront, they need to trap them. Giving out dev kits will make people make Wii U games. Then Nintendo can just increase publishing costs to factor in the free systems. It's how UE and Unity work.

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Good to hear if true.

But more importantly Nintendo needs to convince developers it's worthwhile (IE: profitable) to develop on WiiU

 

VGKing said:
I don't think price of Wii U devkits is the issue here....but its a start. Good job Nintendo!

I think for Indie and small developers it is a huge issue.

The devkits cost over $20k.



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ethomaz said:
VGKing said:
I don't think price of Wii U devkits is the issue here....but its a start. Good job Nintendo!

I think for Indie and small developers it is a huge issue.

The devkits cost over $20k.

Well if indies are getting free devkits then it is a huge plus. But indie developers generally  have a small staff and limited resources so if given the option to make a PS4 game or a Wii U game, which will they choose?



VGKing said:
ethomaz said:
VGKing said:
I don't think price of Wii U devkits is the issue here....but its a start. Good job Nintendo!

I think for Indie and small developers it is a huge issue.

The devkits cost over $20k.

Well if indies are getting free devkits then it is a huge plus. But indie developers generally  have a small staff and limited resources so if given the option to make a PS4 game or a Wii U game, which will they choose?

They choose PC and then do a console release 6 months to a year later.



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Blacksaber said:
VGKing said:
ethomaz said:
VGKing said:
I don't think price of Wii U devkits is the issue here....but its a start. Good job Nintendo!

I think for Indie and small developers it is a huge issue.

The devkits cost over $20k.

Well if indies are getting free devkits then it is a huge plus. But indie developers generally  have a small staff and limited resources so if given the option to make a PS4 game or a Wii U game, which will they choose?

They choose PC and then do a console release 6 months to a year later.

The install base of next-gen consoles will get so big it wil be hard to ignore like that.



VGKing said:
Blacksaber said:
VGKing said:
ethomaz said:
VGKing said:
I don't think price of Wii U devkits is the issue here....but its a start. Good job Nintendo!

I think for Indie and small developers it is a huge issue.

The devkits cost over $20k.

Well if indies are getting free devkits then it is a huge plus. But indie developers generally  have a small staff and limited resources so if given the option to make a PS4 game or a Wii U game, which will they choose?

They choose PC and then do a console release 6 months to a year later.

The install base of next-gen consoles will get so big it wil be hard to ignore like that.

There's no guarantee that the install base will actually get as big as what I think you're saying it will.  Some people predict that this gen will not do as well as last gen had done.





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Great move there Nintendo. Once again they show that they care for their loyal fans, they want to be sure that their customers get more games.

That's why I love Nintendo.