Power to the indies! Dan Adelman, Nintendo’s liason with indie developers for the Nintendo eShop, recently made his way to Gamasutra for an interview detailing why and how Nintendo’s recent strives to make developing for Wii U as “frictionless” as possible for indie developers can really make a difference. There are dozens of reasons why indie developers would like the Wii U, Adelman explains, among which are the following:

  1. As more and more developers work from home, Nintendo no longer requires developers to have a separate office space to obtain a development license.
  2. “Anyone from any country” can release their games on the North American and European eShops—developers are not required to have an address in a territory in which they wish to release their games.
  3. Developers set their own prices for games, their own times for sales, and can update and patch their games whenever they so desire.
  4. Nintendo is providing Unity 4 Pro to developers at no extra cost, meaning if a developer has a Wii U dev kit and is already building a game in Unity, porting (both ways) will be easy as pie.

There are plenty of other ways that Nintendo is trying to ease the transition for indie developers, as Adelman explains in greater detail in the original interview. Hopefully with this easy indie platform, we’ll be seeing a lot more out of the eShop soon.

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I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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