Nintendo requires developers to partner with Japanese companies in order to release games in Japan
Posted on March 1, 2013 by Austin(@NE_Austin) in General Nintendo, News, Podcast Stories
If you’re a game developer who is solely (or majority) owned by folks who are not Japanese, Nintendo says you’re going to have to partner up with a Japanese company if you want to release your game in that region on one of their consoles. It’s an interesting rule to have in place, and one that doesn’t affect too many publishers– but indie developers get hit pretty hard when trying to bring their games overseas.
Various developers have chimed in on the subject below:
– Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham
“Do we wish we could self-publish in Japan? Certainly. But we trust that they have their reasons for the above rule, and we will do our best to get our games to eager Japanese fans, whatever it takes.”
– Gaijin Games
– Two Tribe’s Shan Poon