Nintendo are working on Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS with Namco Bandai while Shin Megami X Fire Emblem is a joint effort between Intelligent Systems and Atlus. During a financial briefing, Iwata admitted that Nintendo can't produce a large variety of games on their own but are willing to lend their expertise to and collaborate with other studios.
"We announced a collaboration title of the "Shin Megami-Tensei (Japanese Title)" series and Fire Emblem series which Atlusand we are cooperatively developing. As the developing cost of games for home consoles has been high, it has been very difficult for third-party developers to take a risk by developing games only for one home video game console. We therefore have had various discussions with software developers for the projects.
"Our in-house development team will create Nintendo-like unique games on our own and various games with the help of second-party development companies," said Iwata. "However, this is not enough to have a large variety of games, and we have to do something to strengthen our lineup.
"Our efforts include the cooperative development of our IP games like the new Super Smash Bros. (temp.) which we are developing with Namco Bandai and collaboration titles like the one with Atlus I mentioned before, LEGO City: Undercover which we are developing with Warner Bros. Entertainment and TT Games, and Ubisoft's Just Dance series which was a smash hit in the overseas markets and we localised for the Japanese market.
"We are willing to actively cooperate with software developers to produce something new beyond the traditional licensing business. We believe that this is possible because Nintendo is not only a platform holder but has a powerful in-house software development team."
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