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Nintendo Collaborating On Several Titles With Third-Party Publishers


Aside from Nintendo first-party software, the Wii hasn’t seen a lot of quality support from third-party publishers. Faced with a question during a shareholder meeting about how Nintendo will avoid the same situation on Nintendo 3DS and the upcoming Wii U, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, revealed that the company is collaborating with third-parties to a greater extent to provide support for the two platforms.


“We think it very important to make several hits from the third-party software publishers within the first year from the release of the platform, while offering Nintendo software seamlessly,” Iwata replied to the question. “In order to achieve this goal, we have shared information about the new hardware with the software publishers earlier than we did previously and built a cooperative structure, and we are developing several titles in collaboration with these publishers.”


He continued: “I cannot talk in detail about the names of the titles, or with which publishers we are currently collaborating, because we have not announced this information yet, but what we are aiming for with the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U is, platforms which have much more software and a wider variety of software than the former Nintendo DS or Wii.”


Nintendo are aiming to create an environment on both systems where software from other companies will be successful. “Please understand that Nintendo is prepared to invest in order to make this a reality,” Iwata concluded with regard to the question.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.