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REPORT: Nintendo "Offering Insane Incentives" For Digital Publishing On Wii U

Matt Gardner
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REPORT: Nintendo "Offering Insane Incentives" For Digital Publishing On Wii U

According to a new report, Nintendo are looking to aggressively encourage publishers and developers to release their games digitally on the Wii U, allegedly offering "insane incentives" that amount to a "much bigger revenue cut" than on other platforms.

WiiUDaily have said that "a European developer" revealed that Nintendo is looking to make all retail games for the platform — both first and third party titles– available as downloadable titles for the Wii U.

“They’re offering insane incentives for publishers to sell retail games as downloads on the console. You’d be stupid not to take advantage of it and go retail box-only," said the source. “The new platform is perfect for indie devs, it’s a whole different ball game than WiiWare. They’ve learned a lot from that mess”.

Pushed on the nature of those incentives, the source responded: “It’s just a much bigger revenue cut that you’d get selling it on any other platform at the moment, plus promotions on the online store. If they [Nintendo] pull it off and it gains traction, it’ll press the other guys [Microsoft and Sony] to give more of the revenue to the publishers. It’s very good for us who make games.

“You’ll be making a lot more per unit sold digitally than at retail with the Wii U. And from day one.”

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hurrakan  Jun. 22, 2012 at 14:32

A bigger revenue cut of zero, is still zero.

Sorry, I'm very cynical heh :p

Tsung  Jun. 23, 2015 at 15:45

I think Nintendo could help a lot more if the content was associated with the account rather than with the console.

If I buy a digital title for the 3DS, I should be able to log into ANY 3ds and download and play it. It cannot be that difficult to check to see if accounts are being abused and stopping them if they are.

Instead before buying I sit there and think "what if my Wii-U develops a fault?, or my 3ds is stolen?, I've just spent money on something I'll never get back".

Even when a new version of the console came out, the customers had to do some ridiculous transfer of data from old to new before being "allowed" to trade in their old console.


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