Recently an anonymous game developer spoke to Eurogamer about the woes of developing for Nintendo’s Wii U, giving a clear explanation as to why third-party developers would choose to stay away from the console. Now, a couple of third-party developers, including Hideki Kamiya, the director of (among others) The Wonderful 101 and Okami, are speaking up. They say that the Eurogamer article is flawed in that it mostly lists pre-launch issues that have since been fixed and that developing games for the Wii U is not much different from developing on other platforms.
Chris Arnold, an indie studio president, took to Twitter to refer to the article as “clickbait”. He said:
“They titled it to stir up the Nintendoom wheel again.”
Helping third-party developers has become a hot topic as of late. It was even one of the selling points for Sony’s Playstation 4, as Sony hopes to gain the support of indie developers as a means to get ahead of the competition. The Eurogamer article probably isn’t going to make anybody view Nintendo in a favorable light. Whether the third-parties continue to neglect the Wii U or not remains to be seen, though it should be noted that, as Destructoid puts it:
“When you’ve got reports from an anonymous source versus the word from developers who are willing to go on record with their names and track history, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who to believe.”