Free to play indie games coming to Wii U soon
In a recent interview with GameSpot, Nintendo of America’s Dan Adelman had some interesting things to say about the future of games to be offered on the Wii U. GameSpot asked him if Nintendo would support episodic content and free to play games in the future and how flexible Nintendo was as a whole when it comes to reevaluating their policies. Of course, Adelman makes mention of already released episodic content on the Wii, including Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People and Tales of Monkey Island. His comments on free to play gaming were interesting, though.
“Free-to-play is something that’s relatively new to us, and we allow it and we’ve got some games in the pipeline that are planning on supporting that.”
Adelman goes on to talk about the indie response that Nintendo has gotten after opening a call for Wii U developers and how eager indie developers seem to be to make sure their content is well represented on the Wii U.
We’ve gotten probably over 1,000, I don’t know if we’ve hit 2,000, developers with really wide-ranging levels of experience. We’ve got some who have recently left their jobs in mainstream publishers and are starting a new company, or have been indies for a while. All the way to high school students who are thinking of getting into game development and want to know more about it. So one of the challenges is going through and it’s ultimately a resource allocation issue at that point.
We want to support everybody, so how do we do that in the most effective manner and how do we prioritize in just making sure that–our intent is to support everyone, really. The underlying philosophy is that if you can make a game on our systems, we want to find a way for you to be able to do that.
This is great news, as the quality of titles available on the Nintendo eShop will definitely increase as Nintendo opens their doors to more indie developers. If you’re interested in reading the full review with Dan Adelman, you can find it here. What do you think of this news? Are you excited for more indie games on the Wii U? Let us know in the comments below.