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Nintendo Offering Crazy Incentives To Publish On Wii U eShop?

An anonymous developer has apparently informed Wii U Daily that Nintendo is offering publishers insane incentives for them to publish their content on the Wii U eShop. The European source claims that Nintendo is actively looking to offer all Wii U retail titles as downloadable titles via the Wii U eShop.

“They’re offering insane incentives for publishers to sell retail games as downloads on the console. You’d be stupid not to take advantage of it and go retail box-only”, he said, adding “The new platform is perfect for indie devs, it’s a whole different ball game than WiiWare. They’ve learned a lot from that mess”.

When we asked what the “insane incentives” on the Wii U eShop were, he replied: “It’s just a much bigger revenue cut that you’d get selling it on any other platform at the moment, plus promotions on the online store. If they [Nintendo] pull it off and it gains traction, it’ll press the other guys [Microsoft and Sony] to give more of the revenue to the publishers. It’s very good for us who make games.”

57 thoughts on “Nintendo Offering Crazy Incentives To Publish On Wii U eShop?”

  1. Opps, made a typing error, I meant to say, Wow, this going to be amazing for indie games(*cough*Minecraft*cough*). Anyways Im saving my money for a Wii U, I have $200 right now.

  2. //Microsoft and sony reads this//
    *2 month’s later*

    “PSN get’s a whole new store and is perfect for indie companies.”

  3. I just wonder what these incentives are – although I understand why they’re not mentioning them in detail.

  4. Seems good – however the thoughts that the WiiU will only come with a single SD card (and you have to buy an extra HDD drive to link it to) makes me wonder how fast traction can go on the downloadable side of the WiiU – if it doesn’t get traction pretty quickly then I think even incentives like these won’t convince developers/publishers to use it since they won’t think the audience is there for it.

    1. think about it this way, you can get a tb usb harddrive for the same price if not cheaper than a 250gb xbox harddrive. and the games will probably be a little bit cheaper on the downloadable side, probably like $10 cheaper than buying it at the store.

      1. I’m not saying HDD’s and more space isn’t easy and cheap to aquire (because it is and I am extremely happy that Nintendo is allowing any drive to be used with the system). What I am saying is that simply having to go and get one that isn’t with the system will limit sales as no one can be sure that everyone has enough space to use it.
        Also your price thing on the downloadable side is almost certainly wrong – take steam for instance, right now games that come out on steam and on retail have to cost more on the downloadable platform or the retailer doesn’t stock it. Why would retailers suddenly stop doing that? They want to hamstring downloadable side as much as possible to keep themselves relevant and believe it or not they could say they won’t stock a game and they have the power to cost the entire profitabily of a single game because of it. It is foolish to believe dua launches on downloadable and retail games will cheaper on the download side for at least the next 5 years.

  5. Wasn’t there a dev complaining previously about Nintendo requiring sale of 1000 units of their game before the dev sees any return? Can;t remember what dev it was. But good to see they’ve seemingly changed that for this generation

  6. I’ll always buy retail. Something like Wii Sport or Link’s Crossboy Training, I’d totally buy digitally. But I would never buy something like Twilight Princess that way. Even if it’s $10 cheaper.

  7. Interesting, so its like the way the Playstation Vita handles its games, retail and digital copies of the game come out at the same time. Well I’m sold, I like downloading anyway, plus I got a 500GB HDD that needs using

    1. Oh. It’s an anonymous source. Heh. Didn’t notice. Anyway, it’s better than the normal anonymous news.

    2. This annonymus source actually says something that makes at least a little bit of since rather than BS like “It’s graphics just aren’t that powerful”

    1. I don’t think Nintendo is going to revamp every Gamecube game in HD but I think it would be nice to see good old gamecube games again

  8. This is it guys. This is what’s going to kill Sony and Microsoft. I’m serious, this is the future of video games in retail. If Nintendo reinvented digital downloads of games, then say good bye to discs. That’s old technology.

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