Nintendo Plans To Be “A Lot More Conservative” About Letting Indies On Switch

Damon Baker, head of partner management at Nintendo of America, has told Gamasutra that the company plans to be more selective about indies appearing on the Nintendo Switch. Baker says that Nintendo doesn’t want to open up the floodgates just yet which is surprising given the cheapness of a development unit.

“Right now we are being very selective about who we’re letting into the development environment, and through our portal,” he said. “Whereas with the Wii U and 3DS, we opened that up to everybody. I think our mentality was to cast that big net, [but] you’d never know when the next great piece of content was coming, or where it was gonna come from, or where it was going to permeate. This time around, we’re going to be a lot more conservative,” Baker said. “We don’t want to open up the floodgates quite yet.”

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27 thoughts on “Nintendo Plans To Be “A Lot More Conservative” About Letting Indies On Switch

    1. OMG… the Letter… I kept that … whatever it was, on my WiiU just for nostalgia. The worst piece of shovelware I have ever seen in my life on a Nintendo console. It’s below shovelware, it’s not even a game.. I don’t know what I is, but it will forever be remembered as the worst turd in the eShop. XD

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      1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!} says:

        The Letter might have been good if there was some kind of threat you had to run from that could be behind you one minute then teleport right in front of you, blocking your path, the next which would force you to backtrack til it’s no longer in the way or take a different path to your destination. Basically, he should have taken a cue from Slender: The Arrival. It could have been a nice cheap game to buy if it did something similar to that game.

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      2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!} says:

        I simply saw the potential in The Letter of being a much better game as the template for it was nice & thought out & from what I saw of the game in trailers, the game had a bit of a horror aura that was never taken advantage of. Just a case of a developer that should have waited til he added more girth to the game before releasing it. Instead, he thought it was a good idea to release what was essentially a very early concept of a beta test as a game. The Letter is actually why I wasn’t big on how Splatoon started off with being barebone awhile back when it first released.

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  1. I already saw lot of useless content by indies. Basically 80% of what was announced. I don’t see much truth on those words.
    I hope they will be somewhat selective.
    They let through The binding of Isaac, so…

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      1. Not even Candy Crush is useless, there is a whole world playing that. When I’m saying useless junk I talk dispregiatively about tiny games I don’t like to see on my ‘gaming machine’.

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  2. The First Skunk Bundle on the Wii U was the worst selection of games I have ever seen. It was a free download, and yet I STILL felt as if something was stolen from me. These measures are necessary.

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    1. Yeah Wii U had a lot of indie shovel ware, which I did not like seeing, especially when they (the indie devs) tried to make the same crappy stuff on sale for months on end hoping someone stupid would buy it. I support indie devs, even young clueless ones, but it’s pretty obvious who the ones are trying to sell you a golden turd. (I’m looking at you rcmadiax)

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  3. I felt like everything they showed in the Nindie video recently looked interesting, had unique focuses, varied in style and mechanic, and had thought about visions. I was proud of that showcase and I’m not even picking up a Switch yet but that attention Nintendo was delivering for interest in GOOD small developer ideas and ventures is nice and saying they don’t want their indie offerings to look all up to a CERTAIN competent standard. Having it not turn into STEAM is nice.

    They need to bring back Nintendo’s seal of Quality and it should apply to even titles they support as well. Great

    Looking good, Nintendo.

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  4. They rather should implement a proper rating system and let anyone make games for the Switch. I don’t care for a flood of crap games (the Wii and DS was no different) as long as you can see they suck, thanks to a working rating system.

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  5. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!} says:

    Good. Less shovelware is a GOOD thing!

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