that's a bit extreme and unnecessary.
I genuinely apologize if I offend anyone with my tone, my intent was to dissuade devs from going with Nintendo, not "hating"/flaming or trolling.
The way I see it (especially since c2 is built on open standards), we should reject this "behind closed doors" approach. We have this nice little construct community here where we help each other, and now Nintendo doesn't trust us, and requires people to sign all sorts of NDAs for what should be public information. I get the need to protect sensitive information, but questions like this one are quite important and should be discussed publicly (that means without "email the nintendo rep in your area" cop-outs).
The reason they have those draconian measures is because they don't trust their systems, and that's quite understandable, considering the wiiU is a marginal improvement on the wii, which itself was a marginal improvement on the GameCube (which itself was quite and underwhelming - and underselling - system).
... Nintendo will not go down so easily. They have the biggest collection of game franchises, they can still resell older games ...
That has always been the problem with Nintendo. They have a good portfolio, but are extremely hostile to third parties.
It appears Nintendo is the only company that manages to make money in Nintendo consoles. See this article, where publishers complain about that exact issue (regarding the wii) and this other article, where Bethesda claims it's too late for third-party support on Wii U.
Nintendo should be trying to woo (pun not intended) independent developers, but they're doing a lousy job. At least Microsoft attempts to foster a community (I don't know if that's the case for xbox, but it sure is for things like SQL Server or .NET).
No one should develop for MS. They use self destructive tactics. In fact many of there divisions end up closing. There rate of trial and success is extremely low. Making for XBox One is a sinking ship.
Oh, I agree completely.
- They gimped XBox live indie games
- f'd up with the whole can't-turn-off-kinect and must-always-be-online (granted, they backed off on that, but the fact that they proposed it in the first place is what scares me).
- killed XNA after hyping it so much, and a bunch of developers still haven't recovered (even clickteam wasted a bunch of resources making a XNA exporter)
- Internet explorer is still way behind everyone else (and they still reject open standards)
- Windows 8 is garbage, office 365 is garbage, windows phones are... well... garbage.
Microsoft is playing catch-up and losing, and everything that made them great (remember the "developers, developers, developers" quote?) is also falling by the wayside.