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Charles Herold

Nintendo Sharpens Focus on Indie Games

By February 5, 2014

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For Wii U and 3DS owners who want more games, Nintendo has a new message: go indie. The company is really pushing the games of their eShop developers, setting up indie-specific press events (due to a sprained foot I wasn't able to attend the recent one in New York), holding a promotional indie sale, and now sending out an press release detailing whole slew of indie games coming out over the next few months.

While these are small steps, they represent a move towards a more enthusiastic embrace of the indie world; clearly Nintendo wants to be a major player on the indie scene. Their consoles seem to be wide open for indie developers; as a member of the Wrecking Balls Arena DX team noted on reddit:  "... Nintendo just let an 18-year-old college freshman like me join their Developer Program.... We didn't have to have an office, any previous experience working at a "real" game company, etc. Say what you will about Nintendo's "outdated/ignorant" practices and policies in some areas right now, but if what I just said isn't an indication of just how open they're becoming towards indie/garage developers, then I don't know what is."

The Wii U games and release dates Nintendo mentions in  their latest press release are

Wooden Sen'SeY - February
Ittle Dew - Feb/March 
Ballpoint Universe - March 18
Armillo - March 24
Shovel Knight - March 31
Nihilumbra - March
Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails - March
Squids Odyssey - March
1,001 Spikes - Q1
Monkey Pirates - Q1
Teslagrad - March/April
QUBE Director's Cut - April

To see a more detailed list of all the announced upcoming games for the Wii U, go here.


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