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Rumor: Nintendo is Providing Free Wii U Dev Kits to Spark Support
Filed under: WII U, NINTENDO

Looking at sales charts, the Wii U is in a grim place. It has rocked unsteadily on the edge of both success and failure. But there is still hope.

Destructoid Writer Jonathan Holmes shared via Twitter that he's heard rumblings of Nintendo giving out free Wii U development kits. His Tweet says:

Hearing more and more stories of Nintendo giving developers free Wii U dev kits. I hope devs take advantage of that.

The Wii U dev kit is rumored to sell for $5,000 and includes a development console with tools to create games. It was originally delivered to developers in May 2012 lending them only months to create titles before the console's arrival on store shelves.

If there's one area where the Wii U is in dire need of improvement its with its library. It has a few exclusives, but has been extremely slow to garner support from third-party studios. If this were two ore more generations ago third-parties wouldn't be critical, but now they are. Nintendo can't simply ignore external studios and expect to compete in the current climate.

 If the rumors are true, this move might attract developers, but probably only independent studios. Publishers are still hesitant to put effort into the platform after seeing how abysmal its attachment rate is. But with fewer than a dozen releases in the first half of 2013 any games are good games.

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Terminator Apr 07 2013, 12:34 pm EDT
Nintendo really fucked up with the Wii U. This "next-gen" console is barely better than the Xbox 360 and PS3, and at least one developer has called it's CPU "horrible and slow". Not to mention that annoying tablet controller. It's a kiddie console that hardcore gamers won't touch. It seems mainstream gamers are staying away too.

The Xbox 720 and PS4 will destroy the Wii U when they come out. They are much more powerful, and they can run the next-gen games that developers are making. If I was a developer, I wouldn't waste my time with the Wii U either.
  Vader: Last I heard it's crappier than 360 and the PS3.
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daver18qc: they should concentrate on making a new better GameBo…
Avus Apr 07 2013, 06:03 pm EDT
this news come 5 years too late....
Cheddar Apr 08 2013, 12:35 am EDT
The Wii U was never a very bright idea. I remember being immediately baffled by it when it was unveiled, and then further baffled when my friends didn't seem to understand why the concept was doomed to fail. Nintendo was drinking too much of their own kool-aid, and so was everyone else in the industry for not realizing it at the outset.

Nintendo basically came out with a console with hardware that doesn't improve on what Sony and MS have already had out there for years, and its sole (pseudo)redeeming gimmick is supposed to be a tablet-style controller with god-awful ergonomics for playing 'serious' games.

The Wii U is a console that doesn't know what it wants to be, and has no reason to exist. If people want a party-style console, there's still the Wii for that. The WII U is essentially just a 360/PS3 competitor that's arrived years too late with a gimmick that only lends itself to party-style games.... which aren't the sort of games that necessitate the hardware upgrade in the first place! So what was the friggin' point?

I really don't understand what Nintendo was thinking. Everyone bought into it, but only because I've noticed there's this knee-jerk reaction in the industry and among gamers that if Nintendo is doing something, surely it must be a good idea.



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