The Wii U needs games quickly, and Nintendo knows it. Despite the holy trinity of Zelda, Mario platformer and Mario Kart coming over in the next 9 months or so, the Wii U desperately needs some great games for fans to get stuck in to right now. Thankfully for Nintendo, it appears that they may be getting some help from some unexpected sources – Indie game makers.
Nintendo’s Dan Adelman is responsible for independent game content on the Wii U platform, and he recently spoke to Joystiq about the companies’ changing attitude towards small game developers. “Historically, Nintendo has seemed kind of hard to approach, kind of like there’s a closed system where if a developer already knows somebody at Nintendo or has some kind of ‘in,’ they’re in, but otherwise there’s no way to interface with the company,” Adelman says. “I think we’re putting a lot of effort into changing that and making ourselves more accessible, so I really want to make sure that people realize that it’s actually pretty easy now – and we’re trying to make it easier – to work with us and release games on our systems.”
Adelman also stated that he is hoping for around 20-30 titles to hit the Nintendo eShop before the end of the year. That’s in addition to the smaller titles already becoming available digitally for the 3DS, which is beginning to gain a name for itself as a home to small independent projects.
What do you guys make of the influx of indie titles for the Wii U? Do they somehow make up for the lack of big-name releases from Nintendo? Do you even care? Let us know below.