Nintendo Brushes Off App Store Model, Not Interested In Business With 'Garage Developer'

By Colin Tan on March 18, 2011, 9:30PM EDT
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Despite the impressive success of Apple's App Store, Nintendo still doesn't believe in that model, saying that they have no interest in doing business with the "garage developer."

Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime stood by Nintendo's stance on the matter, saying that they have to draw the line between independant devs and "hobbyists."

"I would separate out the true independent developer vs. the hobbyist," says Fils-Aime. "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."

He also emphasized that a business model like that has the potential to undermine the value of Nintendo's software library.

"When we talk about the value of software, it could be a great $1 piece of content or a $50 piece of content," he added. "The point is: Does it maintain its value over time or is it such disposable content that the value quickly goes to zero? "¦ We want consumers to see value in the software, whatever that appropriate value is. And we want to see that value maintained over time."

Source: Gamasutra

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