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August 10, 2011 / Ryan Robba

Nintendo ‘hopes third parties are open’ to new Wii U ideas

How willing are third parties to change up their established franchises? Nintendo software has famously dominated its platforms in recent years with third parties struggling to get a look in, but that’s something it aims to change with Wii U.

Wii Sports designer Katsuya Eguchi has said that Nintendo will not only provide technical support to studios, but also share ideas on how their games can use the Wii U hardware – if they’re willing to take them on board.

“Of course we’ll support them technically, giving any development assistance they require, but each third party has their proven franchises – the franchises that have done really well for them,” Eguchi told Edge.

“I’m hoping,” he added, “they’ll be open to hearing suggestions – ideas from Nintendo on how to really take advantage of the Wii U’s features and offer the public maybe a different spin on those already proven franchises.”

Eguchi went on to say that Nintendo is itself approaching Wii U development with an open mind. “Of course, with those fan-favourite IPs, we’ll continue to offer games based on those characters, in those worlds, with the Wii U. but if there are opportunities for us to come up with new iPs that work well with this new system we’ll jump on those as well,” he said.

Wii U has already garnered great interest from third party developers, perhaps most excitingly Gears of War studio Epic, who seems keen on the added power Nintendo’s new console will provide. “It opens up some doors that weren’t open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box,” said the firm’s president, Mike Capps.


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