In an interview with Alphabeatic, Nintendo of Canada GM Pierre-Paul Trepanier shared some details about Nintendo’s upcoming E3 plans. When asked about the wealth of Canadian developers that Nintendo could tap into, Trepanier stated that Nintendo had a few new things to share next week.
“We still have those great, big third-party partners like Ubisoft who continue to invest in our platforms,” said Trepanier. “In the next few weeks at E3 you’ll be hearing about more big third-party partnerships.” He went on to say that personally he finds himself more excited about new indie titles lately, which is something that Nintendo has been pushing on 3DS and Wii U.
Third=party support has been an issue for Nintendo platforms since the N64. E3 has always had Nintendo touting the third-party developers that they are working with, but it was never to the standards of the Microsoft and Sony competitors. This statement seems to imply something more though, with a full blown deal being struck between Nintendo and some third-party developers.
Could we see another Capcom-Gamecube-esque deal go on, where Nintendo pays to get exclusive rights to some big name titles from a major third-party developer? It could happen, but most likely it’ll simply be a few games here and there that are hitting the 3DS and Wii U.
We’ll find out next week at E3 2015. Keep checking back for news and updates all week long.