Nintendo Won’t Support ‘Hobbyist’ and ‘Garage’ Developers

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that his company will not be doing any business with what it calls "hobbyist" and "garage developers" going forward. While Fils-Aime is quick to point out that he still wants to do business with indies who want to publish games on Nintendo platforms, he points out that the hobbyist and garage game developer crowd – the same crowd that creates small apps for platforms like iOS and Android – no longer have a place at the table.

"I would separate out the true independent developer vs. the hobbyist," Fils-Aime told Gamasutra. "We are absolutely reaching out to the independent developer. Where we’ve drawn the line is we are not looking to do business today with the garage developer. In our view, that’s not a business we want to pursue.

"Look at the music industry. There are certainly highly talented people who work other jobs and have a passion to be in the music industry. They work at it. There are reality TV shows that revolve around this concept. I love it when there’s a game that’s found that captures people’s imagination, just like that…singer toiling in a factory."

Fils-Aime is echoing comments made by Iwata during his GDC keynote, where he took a shot at Apple and its endless ocean of apps and games. He accused Apple of not having a stricter quality control process.


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