It’s no secret that Nintendo has had issues with support from western developers in its time – but it has also had success, with the likes of Retro Studios (Metroid Prime Trilogy) developing fantastic games based on Nintendo IPs.
Now, talking to ONM, Shigeru Miyamoto himself (who guest edited the 100th issue and produced a drawing for the special subscriber’s edition) has talked about the level of trust between Nintendo and western developers:
“I think the biggest factor is that level of trust that you mentioned. We built that level of trust with those companies and we know we can rely on them.” said Miyamoto. Continuing on, he stated: “The second thing is a change in our approach. Once we would have looked at them and asked what a company can do independently and we would support them as needed.”
According to Miyamoto, “now we’re looking at really working together [with western developers]. Particularly with Luigi’s Mansion 2 (developed by Next Level Games), Nintendo is the producer of that game. We call them second-party developers where they’re developing the game but we’re producing it and that’s where that level of trust is built.”
With Nintendo having other collaborations in the pipeline – Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and the mysterious Project X, for instance – it certainly seems as though Nintendo is building that trust with western developers. Retro Studios are currently working on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U.
Do you think Nintendi is doing enough with western developers?