Nintendo holds out on indie Wii developers

When Wii was unveiled, Nintendo proposed it would provide a platform for small independent developers to make innovative games on a low budget.

But one independent developer, Water Cooler Games, has been told by Nintendo of America that the Wii Independent Developer Program is "on hold" due to a lack of inventory.

It's reported that "the Wii publishers are taking all of the available inventory, and more," which Water Cooler suggests means all available developer kits are sitting snugly in the hands of larger publishers.

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If true, this means development on the smaller Wii games that Nintendo suggested would be possible will not begin for many independent developers until at least next month, which pushes the materialization of these games into 2008.

When contacted Nintendo was unfortunately unavailable to comment on the report, but we'll be sure to let you know whenthecolossal Ngets back to us.

February 20, 2007