Nintendo has been showing a lot of love recently to indie developers both in North America, in Europe, and to some in Japan; however, the Big N has decided to close its doors and will no longer accept Japanese indie developer submissions. According to a source at Kotaku, there was an apparent questionnaire from the GDC hovering its way around Twitter stating, \”We are not accepting applications from developers located in Japan at this time.\” This is indeed worthy of a head scratch for Japanese developers who submitted applications for becoming Wii U developers back in March when the GDC occurred. The questionnaire looked like the one below.
It’s a definite slap in the face for those in Japan who are eager to submit projects they\’ve been working on for a platform such as the Wii U and have now had the rug pulled out from under them. Nintendo, since they have offered up Unity, has been cutting through a lot of the red tape that many small indie developers have to deal with such as license fees. In the meantime, studios such as Nicalis with their smash hit Cave Story are being shut out with no real explanation. A developer from Studio Rice Cake received an e-mail from Nintendo this Spring stating that it was difficult to support indies in Japan. The situation deeply affected a fellow developer from the studio who expressed his emotions in a tweet.
\”Seeing \’No Japs\’ written on an international-looking website is such a terrible sight that it makes me want to weep.\”
Tatsuo Nagamatsu, an Android app developer, stated on Twitter that he felt that this latest development may be due to Nintendo’s Wii U software policy which puts forth the idea that Nintendo only works with exclusively with software selling \”entities\” or \”publishers\” and not individuals.
Then on the flip side, over at Japan’s biggest forum known as 2ch, response to the new rule fueled remarks such as \”discrimination\” and that it was put in effect to prevent what is called \”creepy otaku\” or highly erotic games being made for Wii U.
The main conclusion Kotaku came to is that there is a possibility that Nintendo might have another plan still in the early stages for indie developers in Japan. Until that is revealed or when and if Nintendo responds to the Twitter statement and other inquiries its all speculation.
Do you think the new rule is discrimination or just a way to make things easier for maintaining third-party relations? Leave your comments below.