First and third-party software support is the key for any console to succeed, and Nintendo are increasingly coming under fire for a sporadic lineup of triple-A games. In a recent interview, Ninty liason Kensuke Tanabe has admitted that they're having trouble finding suitable Western developers to partner with.
Speaking to EDGE Magazine, Tanabe (a Nintendo supervisor who oversaw the development of Donkey Kong Country Returns at the US-based Retro Studios) believes that Western developers are becoming an increasingly important part of Nintendo's portfolio- so long as they share the same work ethic and love of artistry over profit.
I work with other development partners, such as [Punch Out!! developer] Next Level Games in Vancouver and Monster Studios [of Pilotwings Resort] in Minneapolis.
And they, much like Retro, really get our development philosophies. I want to find as many people as we can, as many great companies as we can to get involved with. I'm really looking for developers with a sense of craftsmanship.
However, Tanabe had to admit that finding these studios is proving to be a stern challenge - and that they're having trouble doing so.
There's a real increase in the number of companies that look like they're really running a business for business' sake. There are many of those certainly within the midst of the gaming industry as a whole, or at least I feel that way.
Rumours abound of a new console reveal this year... and with the recently-released 3DS desperately in need of some more titles, it's imperative that Nintendo secure some more Western partners as soon as possible. Considering the success of Monster Studios' Pilotwings Resort, we earnestly hope they will. [EDGE via EG]