When it came to downloadable independent games, the Wii’s WiiWare system was, for lack of a better term, a complete and utter joke. Selling a game on the WiiWare platform meant subjecting it to sales minimums, a tiny buyer base, size restrictions and Nintendo’s lackluster ability to promote titles.
Essentially, putting a game up on WiiWare was like sending it out to die a slow and anonymous death. For independent developers, this is a tough thing to swallow.
In a report by GamesIndustry.biz, one that you should read in full, several developers have come out and said that Nintendo’s doing much better with the Wii U’s eShop. So much better, in fact, that indies might actually start to flock to the platform.
Chasing Aurora was a Wii U launch title from Broken Rules. It is an indie game. Speaking with GI.biz, Broken Rules’ Martin Pichlmair said that “Literally everything was easier this time around.”
That’s good news for Nintendo, indie developers and fans of gaming. If indies have another solid system to call home, we’ll see even more life from that creative realm.
On the horizon, gamers can expect Gaijin Games’ Runner 2, a title that look absolutely gorgeous and positively fun.
Personally, I find myself flocking to indie games more and more every day. They may not pack the AAA graphics or sacks of development cash, but they make up for those missing facets with tons of personality, charm and unique mechanics. Indie games make gaming fun, and I totally suggest you spend some time cruising the indie titles on your platform of choice.
For now, it looks like the Wii U will be home to some solid indies in the future.