Arc System Works Will Release The First Download Only Wii U Game In Japan

By Spencer . February 27, 2013 . 12:49am


Wii U launched with an online store and digital-only games like the quirky fireplace sim Little Inferno and Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition. Japan’s Wii U shop isn’t as busy. You can download a few retail games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition, New Super Mario Bros. U and a free to play version of Tank! Tank! Tank!


Why isn’t Chasing Aurora available? Well, developers need a company that’s owned in Japan (i.e. 51% or more of the shares) to publish a downloadable game for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Nintendo published World of Goo, Square Enix released Lit, and Marvelous brought a bunch of indie WiiWare titles to Japan. Arc System Works is taking the first stab at Wii U with Nano Assault Neo, a fun twin stick shooter from Shin’en Multimedia.

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  • malek86

    That’s a weird rule. It means that indie devs in order to publish in Japan will always need to find a publisher? Imho that’s not good. It will severely limit the number of games making the jump.

    • Elem187

      Agreed. Nintendo should step in and agree to publish some of these indie titles. It shouldn’t cost them a dime to publish them, as all they have to do is add it to the E-Shop ;)

  • Barrylocke89

    Never knew about that rule. Does it also apply for other regions?

  • Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves

    This is such a bothersome, counter-productive rule. See all those indie developers moving to the tablet/smartphone ecosystem? Some even producing great titles on the Vita, a direct competitor to the 3DS? Games define a system, and when you are closing down a door to have more good titles on a system you are doing nothing but damage to yourself.

  • gamefreak86

    Quality control. I can agree with Nintendos stance. Plus why would I paymore for something when I could get it cheaper or free elsewhere. Indie devs that specifically make the game for the platform and will grab the Japanese people’s attention will be published by a Japanese comp

    • Why would Western developers need “quality control” more than Japanese ones? Also lol @ the assumption that every indie game worth playing will be snatched up by a Japanese publisher, just like that.

  • Bloody ethnocentrism! Dee-sgusting!!

    • Höhlenmensch

      Yes, having a cultural identity is really terrible… NOT.

      I think it’s pretty much normal that a domestic company publishes domestic versions of games, why should it be any different for download games.

      • Um, how is straight-up barring foreign competition “having a cultural identity”?

  • EmoryM

    This fits in with their backwards way of thinking wrt. region locks.

  • Anonymous

    >_> Still waiting for BlazBlue on Nintendo home consoles

    • Göran Isacson

      Welp, considering WiiU is probably powerful enough to handle upcoming games, I suppose it’s not too farfetched they’ll release their Blazblues and Guilty Gears for the console in the future… or so one hopes…

  • VeroC11

    I may be wrong, but didn’t they make it easier to publish games on the western WiiU eshop?
    Why wouldn’t such a thing be possible in Japan?
    Are there laws stopping them?

  • Tails the Foxhound

    Wow, that’s the dumbest rule I ever heard of. I was wondering why the Japanese Wii U eShop was next to empty.

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