Nintendo’s been hurting for quality support from third party developers and publishers for years now. The Wii was a system that didn’t do much to encourage great, core games from external companies. Admittedly, this issue goes way back for the Big N as many fans may already know.
But with the upgrade to HD graphics and stronger GPU and CPU on the horizon with the Wii U, more developers are stepping up and taking notice. Before this story, companies like Epic Games have already said that they’re interested in developing for the console somewhere down the line.
Add Valve to that list as Gabe Newell discussed Nintendo’s upcoming hardware briefly during one of his talks yesterday at the Games for Change event in New York City. Joystiq snagged a few words with Newell about Nintendo and the Wii U. Remember, Valve has never released a product on a Nintendo system.
“Wii U seems to be a lot more powerful than the previous generation…It sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it’ll be a lot easier for us to fit it into our scalability model…
…We’ve always loved Nintendo.”
Valve has been a darling in the gaming industry for years now, and the presence of the company on any platform almost ensures that some gamer love will be heaped upon it. If Valve does support the Wii U by bringing some of their typically wonderful content to it an a completely unique fashion, I’d be willing to bet that a sizeable crowd would join them.
And, frankly, Nintendo needs support from companies like Valve if they’re going to garner any sort of diehard reception from the core gaming audience. But it’s quotables like the one above from Newell that mark the start of that sort of relationship.
We’ll have more on the Wii U and those who support it as it comes.