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Iwata: Collaborating with developers will strengthen Nintendo's software line-up

Are more Smash Bros-style collaborations planned

Satoru Iwata wants Nintendo to continue to collaborate with developers in order to produce a greater variety of games on Wii U and 3DS.

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."

Would you like more of these collaborations?


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  1. rayboi Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 11:29

    I think this going to be a more common way of developing games form now on. Not just for Nintendo, but across the industry. The costs are getting too high for single companies to afford, and by bringing in new development teams games can have a new lease of life and perhaps the sharing of ideas can enhance these games for the players and can benefit both all the companies involved.

  2. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 13:23

    As long as the end result is a stronger and more diverse line-up of games, that's all that matters.

  3. shy guy 64 Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 16:09

    looking forward to finding out who

  4. Mmmyeah Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 17:46

    A really good way of expanding the library of games available on Nintendo consoles and the quality of these games. And going on the story of bringing Cave Story to Wii U it looks like we may get more independent game developers on Wii U.

  5. KH81314 Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 19:39

    If they keep making good games i'm happy.

  6. Mr Roboto Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 19:57

    Please Nintendo and reach out to more western developers including Rockstar.

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