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Indie dev: Wii U is easy to develop for

Shin'en Wii UIndie developer Shin’en Multimedia has made about two dozen small titles for various Nintendo platforms over the years, and they’re fully supporting the Wii U as well. In an interview with SuperPhillip, Shin’en’s Manfred Linzner said that the Wii U was not only very easy to develop for, but it doesn’t have many of the limitations that current generation consoles have.

“We have a few Wii U devkits since quite some time. The kits exceeded our expectations in every way and we still learn how to get the best performance out of it”, said Linzner, adding that he believes they have currently tapped only 20% of the power of the Wii U. He praised Nintendo for not putting any restrictions on the Wii U eShop and what developers are allowed to sell digitally.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard indie developers praising Nintendo’s new console. Last month, Farsight Studios commented on the Wii U, saying they believed the console would be another hit for Nintendo. Earlier today, a new indie title, Little Inferno, was announced for the Wii U, which is so far the only home console the game is coming to. Nintendo has done a lot this time to please developers, especially smaller indie teams looking to release games digitally. The new and revamped Wii U eShop will make it much easier for third parties to sell games, DLC, and other content on the new platform.

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  • Gamer

    Because of Nintendo even the new system yuoa or whatever it’s called shall succeed. Indie developers jumping on board like it’s a free ride at the fair. Am beginning to feel sorry for Sony and Microsoft. You should never have let the big N release the eighth gen console first. I am happier every moment I get Wii U news, even from crazy Tekken producers lol.

  • Parker

    Good to hear that, i hope indie developers can give us some nice games for the Wii U.

  • Captain snugglebottom

    It would be great if the binding of isaac would come to the wii u

    • Smurfman256

      sorry to smash your dreams, but Nintendo refused to port the game to 3DS because of the games religious overtones. I doubt that they would allow a Wii U port.

      • NiNtEnDoLoVeR

        it’s more Nintendo OF AMERICA, not the japan one D: look at the references in Earthbound for example. Devil was replaced by Evil (except the Devil machine)

  • LizardLee

    That is how good the Wii U is! Their dev kits exceeded Indie but only tapped into 20% of what the Wii U can do. That is how amazing this new console is gonna be!

  • Swic11

    This is fantastic, it’s good to finally hear some food news!

    • WiiUPlayWithMe:P

      Seriously! Food news is the best :D

  • 3dsguy

    Cant wait tilll a year down the line to see it at 50% of its power.year after 100% power great news keep it coming.

    • Espi

      Which Three Should I Buy? Apple iPhone 3GS, Apple iPad, Nintendo DSi XL, and Xbox 360 Elite?I am a current PS3 Slim 120GB and a Nintendo Wii owner. Those are the only smtseys that i have which means that i have no portable gaming device, it is just the PS3 Slim and the Nintendo Wii. I want to buy three of these gaming devices and knock one out. I really want the iPhone 3GS because it is the king of the devices out in the world so i really want one for the amazing applications games, iPod, etc. I might hold off for the 3GS for another two months so i can buy the new one coming out, So, i basically want an iPhone, i do not care which iPhone i get but it has to be between the 3GS and the new 4G. I really want the iPad because i currently do not have any sort of laptop, and the iPad is a cheap touch screen laptop with amazing games. But, would a laptop be better than an iPad if i will buy the iPhone? Because if i have the iPhone and iPad, they are both the same thing, so i will play with the iPhone more because it is portable, but at the same time the iPad is a new thing that came out and i never bought something new in my entire life because i got the PS3 Slim in 2010, and the Nintendo Wii near October. So, the iPad would be a cool laptop with tons of games also considering that it is as fast as a laptop. If i will buy the iPad, i will be buying the 16GB Wi-Fi Version which runs at $499.99. The Nintendo DSi XL is very fun with great games and a 93% Larger Screen than the Nintendo DS Lite and 86% bigger than the Nintendo DSi. But, one thing that i hate about the Nintendo DSi XL and DSi and all of the DS Series is that you play the Nintendo DS for the first month and then it sits in your closet for the next five years and that is what happend to my friend, he got a DSi the day it came out, played with it for the first month, and then left it in the closet, but some of my other friends love there DS. Also, Nintendo is making the 3DS which i got very dissapointed when they announced that it was going to replace the Nintendo DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL. But the DS still has good games so i do not know what i should do, oohhh also i returned a DSi before, i got one didnt play with it so returned it but at the same time the DS has great games, AND PLEASE KNOWBODY TELL ME TO BUY THE DS LITE!!!! The Xbox 360 Elite is fun also considering all of the exclusive games that i like (Halo, Forza, Fable) etc, but it came out in 2005 and i already have the PS3 Slim so i might not have enough time to enjoy all of my consoles. Also, if i do buy the Xbox 360 i will buy the Spring 2010 Bundle which includes Forza Motorsport 3 and Halo 3: ODST. I know that the Live is better but i am afriad that they will release a new Xbox in the next 2 years. The reason why i am bringing this up is because in 2004, i got a PS2 Slim, and i never knew that the PS3 was going to come out two years later, so i got the PS2, two years later PS3 came out, asked my parents if i could buy one and said no which is the reason why i didn’t buy the PS3 until 2010. But, at the same time the Consoles are so advanced that they might be trying to add on to it to complete the life cycle. I know some of you are going to say that microsoft said that the Xbox 360 has a 10 year lifecycle, but if a new Xbox comes out they could be selling the 360 with the new console kind of like what sony did, in 2002 they said PS2 is going to have a 10 year lifecylce so everybody got one and the PS3 Came out, so who knows new consoles could come out anytime. Pricing is not a problem. But, you know how microsoft and sony decrease the price of there consoles every year, well like i said pricing is not an issue, if Sony and Microsoft wanted to keep the 360 and PS3 then would they stop decreasing the price and keeping it at $299.99 or will they keep decreasing then until they are $200 dollars and then announce a new system, i am not worried about the prices i am worried about the consoles and how long they are staying. Please you have to explain a lot in your answer and tell me why i should buy what ever you thing i should buy, who ever explains the most gets 5 stars and 10 points. THANKS EVERYBODY GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  • 3dsguy

    this is gonna be as epic as the gamecube and n64 for me i loved wii but cube and 64 my favourite so far. probably never happen but mario has made alot of games last few years and i think he deserves another holiday in isle of delfino.mario sunshine 2 u. wow i can just imagine it

    • Alienfish

      I dunno. Mario Sunshine is a lot like cottage cheese, you either love it or you hate it. I love cottage cheese, but I didn’t care for Mario with a water jetpack.

      • Poncho

        Hate cottage cheese, but loved Sunshine. Probably my favorite 3D Mario game.

  • rafael

    I would really like a sequel to Art of Balance…a harder one for that matter

    Do you hear me Peter Aleit?

  • Hi8us

    I love Shin’en’s shooters from Gameboy Advance Iridion all the way to Nano Assault on 3DS. I would like a proper sequel to Nanostray though. The DS Nanostray games are my favorites.

  • Man

    This is cool because downloadable games are getting really popular i mean look at Cave Story,Bit Trip and Trials also Journey. Imagine a Journey tipe game on Wii U! Omg i just nerded on my laptop.lol.

  • Rasta

    At 20% it has more room to work with than the ps3 and xbox! Wii U is next Gen and will hang with the Ps4 and 720 nuff said! Just wonderful! i know im not the only hype 1 here

  • Daemonrunner

    I am starting to notice a little bit of a trend when it comes to developers discussing the Wii U’s power.

    Except for Gearbox and Ubisoft, most major companies aren’t really singing high praises on system capabilities. They are saying it’s not quite as powerful, or they don’t think it’s a good fit for game [X], or it’s on par with what they have seen before (but the Gamepad is cool) and really not giving the mass public much to get excited about.

    Smaller and indie companies are singing Nintendo’s high praises. This is a great thing – especially with indie games being all the rage. I love that Nintendo is offering strong financial and advertisement incentives and even allowing Kickstarter games to be available for their eShop. It opens up a whole new doorway to new opportunities for developers of all sizes.

    I hope Nintendo’s eShop becomes THE place to go for indie development and digital content on consoles, much like Steam on the PC.

    This isn’t just good for Nintendo, it’s good for the gaming industry as a whole. If the eShop is striking a cord with developers even before the Wii U is released and continues to holds strength, the competition will follow suit with regards to developer incentives. It means more great games in more players hands regardless of console preference. Proof that, yet again, Nintendo is changing the gaming market as a whole.

    The only real down side to this whole thing is the Wii U not having a built-in HDD. I know it will allow for externals to be utilized, which can be much cheaper for the consumer, but it would be nice to have the space available out of the box.

    • Draco Breach

      I’m more willing to believe Gearbox on power because, well, that’s really what they believe in as a developer. They refused to work with the Wii because it was underpowered, though they did have praise for it’s motion control. Now the Wii U satisfies them, and they see it’s more powerful than any other console on the market.

      Of course, the PS3 and 360 are still powerful enough for them to work with. they won’t give up those consoles anytime soon.

      Also, Epic has commented that the Wii U is much more powerful than currently available consoles. As has Crytech. As has EA. As have a few others to my knowledge. If you read Namco’s interview in its entirety, they never said the Wii U was underpowered, and in fact said lots of nice things about the GPU.

      Now, Epic and Crytech had no news on developing for the Wii U. Like EA, they don’t know how to fit the Wii U into their strategy yet. Once they see it selling, I’m sure they will. Namco’s already on board with a big project – Tekken Tag Team 2. They’ve also buddied up for Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS.

      I’m still waiting to see what developers want to do after the launch window, but that’s probably still months away. We’ll probably go from a trickle of information not to a flood once the release date and price are announced.

      Thinking back on EA, they still have a supposedly ‘big’ announcement concerning the Wii U coming up. I guess we’ll see how onboard they are – at least for the time being – very soon.

  • nucima

    Sounds good. But I’m not sure if you can believe in such statements.

    This guys want to sell a game on that console. So they get an advantage by creating an hype by good news.

    Why there are other statements saying exactly the opposite?
    I wait for the first serious review.

  • darkfox

    So if Indie companies have no problem what wrong with some of the bigger name companies? Oh thats right they arin in Sony an MS’s pockets.