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Beamdog: "Nintendo Isn't A Good Platform For Developers"

Jonathan Lester
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Beamdog: "Nintendo Isn't A Good Platform For Developers"

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Won't Make It To Wii U

Beamdog has spoken out to confirm that the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition isn't in development for Wii U, and the decision is down to some seriously bad experiences with working under the Japanese publisher. Apparently myriad problems and restrictions plagued their relationship, resulting in their firm belief that "the Wii is a toy, not a console."

Beamdog co-founder Trent Oster took to Twitter in order to deliver a damning indictment of Nintendo's developer relations, which were presumably tested while porting MDK 2 to WiiWare last year.

We don't do Nintendo development. Our previous experience with Nintendo was enough to ensure there will not be another.

My problems with Nintendo are: requiring 6000 unit sales before payment, a certification process that took us 9 months and a 40mb limit.

Nintendo isn't a good platform for developers. The Wii is a toy, not a console.

Yikes. To be honest, we're happy with the currently confirmed PC, Mac and iPad platforms.

However, with The Binding Of Isaac recently denied an eShop debut, it's clear that Nintendo need to improve their relations with independent studios. With luck, the Wii U will herald a more inclusive downloadable policy.

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