Oct 1st, 2012

It’s not secret that the original Wii console was not popular among indie developers. Nintendo had a bunch of restrictions on the console, from games that had to fit into a very small size, to a lengthy certification process, to not paying developers unless their games made more than $7,000. The list goes on, but Nintendo seems to have learned the lessons and taken a new approach with the Wii U.

Chasing Aurora Wii UIndie developer Martin Pichlmair, who’s behind the Wii U eShop title Chasing Aurora, said that the Wii U is “more indie developer friendly that the Wii ever was”. He added that Nintendo was doing everything they can to make the Wii U a much more open console.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen indie developers praise the Wii U. Little Inferno developer Tomorrow Corporation said that Nintendo was an “amazing partner to work with”, and the guys behind Trine 2 said that Nintendo was supportive of indie developers and that Nintendo is taking online very seriously this time around.

Chasing Aurora, developed by Broken Rules, is a 2D adventure game where the player navigates a bird through the mountains. The game will be a Wii U launch title, alongside 6 other indie games on the eShop. There are already over a dozen Wii U indie games that are in development at the moment.


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  • Lord Carlisle

    Much more Indie Friendly THAN Wii.


      Because the wii u can smile 🙂

      • AKA-Link77

        Mii & U™

        • Jeffery02

          & U & Mii, no matter how Wii toss the dice, it had to be
          The only one for Mii is U & U for Mii. So happy together!

        • LogicalDude

          Thanks in part to Apple, Nintendo realized how many awesome games are out there thanks to independent developers and how much money can be made that way. Since games will be developed for a system which is pretty much guaranteed internet access 24/7 (unlike an iPod on the go) they can make more awesome multiplayer games. They don’t even have to be anything epic or new, they could just be a cheap collection of party games that can be played online like Pictionary and people can answer via the mic. Even use the built in webcam for charades. Let them see you sweat while playing poker. Lots of fun to be had.

  • Tom Fitz

    ‘Chasing Inferno’ lol

    • Nintenlord(3dsFc1246-9697-5107

      Must have ben a new game anounce or a vita sales tactic

    • JumpMan

      haha, yeah @WiiUDailyStaff it’s Little Inferno, not Chasing Inferno 😉

      • Nintedward

        Isn’t chasing inferno what kids call smoking crack ???

        • EvanescentHero

          No, “inferno” is too big a word for crackheads.

      • Dr scoobie

        simple mistake. they were probably thinking chasing aurora
        and then went to wright little inferno.

        either that or someones ripping off both little inferno and chasing aurora
        and putting them in one game before they even come out.

  • ssb4 fc 3007 8585 6950

    AWESOME im so getting Trine 2 on LAUNCH DAY!

    • fnc73 fc: 4167-5780-8204

      I’m with you there. Trine 2 looks so good. Can’t wait to see any new eshop titles.

  • 007 1/2

    its good that nintendo is being friendly to developers. it will make more money for them and keep them in the console business.

    • Derp

      Well, if big game developing componies fail us or don’t support the Wii U, we will get the gigantic and ever growing pool of independent developers putting games on our TV screen.

      Who knows? Frictional Games, Mojang, and others will start developing something.

    • Herox95

      Yeah, especially Mojang. They might even put Minecraft onto Wii U. Even the creator behind Terraria could put his game onto Nintendo’s new system. And Wollay can put Cube World online as well.

      • andrewjcole

        I don’t play Minecraft but I think Minecraft for Wii U would attract a lot of people (if they make it with lots of cool unique features of course!)

  • Yamiryuu Zero

    Correct the title: Developer: “Wii U is much more indie friendly *than* Wii”

    We already knew that, since Nintendo themselves made clear they were going to support online features on Wii U.

  • Andrew Sheehan

    Wii U: “The possibilities are endless!”

    • JumpMan

      it only does everything, unlike something else that claims that ;D

      • Icanseeu

        Play Blu Rays?

        • BubbleMan v2

          Unfortunately no, Sony has the rights to blue ray discs, despite them being invented by Microsoft…But hopefully you are using the Wii U to play awesome games, not to watch movies.

          • Xblade13

            And if you WANT to watch movies, that’s what Nintendo TVii and Netflix is for.

          • MinowaEli

            Microsoft did not invent BluRay discs…
            “Not one sole company is responsible for the creation and development of Blu-Ray. The technology was actually created by the Blu-ray Disc Association, a group of nearly 200 member companies including Apple, Sony and Warner Bros. Entertainment.”

          • Nintenlord(3dsFc1246-9697-5107

            Bluerays where not inveted by microsoft

          • Dr scoobie

            thats all right
            because the ps3 is a box that sits under the tv.

            the wii u on
            the other hand will be in my room.

      • 16 BIT RYE

        I’m so clever (Jk, jk)

        • Nintenlord(3dsFc1246-9697-5107

          It can if your mom tell you that you cant play it if you dont

  • Neonridr

    Here’s hoping that they are right when they say that Nintendo is more serious with their online approach.

    Regardless, this is always welcome news. I love it.

  • nintendofreak

    ok n wat does the bird do…………………………………………………………………………im lonely i miss u stalka come back everything is forgiven :”(

    • nintendofreak

      well not everything but still :”(

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  • Michael

    Okay, I wasn’t going to say anything about the typo in the title, but then it was present again in the quote. Wii U daily, I’ve been following this site for a long time now, and I enjoy reading the articles, but the site looks trashy when you do absolutely no proofreading.

    • Michael

      And of course, now they fixed one.

      • Nko Sekirei

        the only piece of trash here is u troll

        • Michael

          If I was a troll I wouldn’t have said I like coming to the site. Think before you type.

  • The incredible sandwich

    Awesome i love suporting indie devs and i cant wait to play Chasing Aurora

  • nintendoododo

    binding of isaac for wii u?

    • Cugno the Swiss

      To the Moon?
      Actually, they already tried to sell the Binding of Isaac, but Nintendo didn’t want to sell a game with blasphemous content.

      • Draco Breach

        I wasn’t too impressed with To The Moon.

        Don’t get me wrong. The story was very interesting. It was just… You were playing a book.

        There were no branching story arcs. It was just a straight line with no way to lose. No. Literally. There is no ‘Game Over’ screen in the game. The one puzzle in the game is not at all hard. I only messed up the first time because it wasn’t explained.

        The hardest part of the game is the Animorph trivia they throw in. I never read the series, and I have no inclination to read it. Based on the research I did to answer that one question, it even seemed subjective. Then I discovered that the answer was in the area had I bothered to look.

        Putting that aside, I started asking, “Where’s the game?” about halfway through the second act. I mean. You make a few ‘choices’, but they have no bearing on the game. It’s a short, 4-hour trip that really should have been a novella. At $3 US. Maybe an iOS point-and-click adventure for $1 US.

        It was the first time I ever wanted a refund on $10 US digital content.

        And To The Moon is the first in a mini-series of ‘games’ from whoever the indie developer is? Not exactly inspiring confidence.

        I love indie developers. I think some have great ideas. I just wish games like To The Moon actually felt like games instead of novellas.

        To counter, I’ll give the name of an independently published game that at least looks promising. Two Brothers. There are some interesting concepts going on. Yes, it also lacks a ‘Game Over’ screen, but your choices appear to have impact on the world.

        Also check out Project Eternity. That game looks promising. True, Obsidian Entertainment is a fairly well known developer, but the game is being independently published – funded by Kickstarter.

        I could name some decent games that are out. Bastion. Call of Cthulhu. Breath of Death VII. I’ll admit the latter two feel linear, but they get away with it with an interesting combat and leveling system. They are also parodies, so they have a little leeway.

        As for ‘not wanting to [publish] blasphemous content’, hasn’t stopped Nintendo before. Not even Nintendo of America. I could start naming off games, but it might show either my age or my quirks. Probably both.

        Then again, I like Shin Megami Tensei. Those are pretty much nightmare fuel games.

        Back to The Binding of Isaac.

        I don’t know why Nintendo didn’t pick the game up. I know I tried it – thankfully found a demo or free weekend or something – and wasn’t terribly impressed. I’ve also heard that the console releases weren’t near as popular as the Steam release on PC. Probably an adverstising thing, but I don’t care enough to find out.

        It’s more about marketing and audience. Sometimes, companies make the wrong decisions. Nintendo has been known to make a few oddball decisions. Like practically ignoring the Pandora’s Tower, Mother, and other ‘niche’ markets in regions outside Japan.

        Now I’m sure some are asking, “What’s the point of this post?”

        Maybe nothing. Maybe I just wanted to rant on To The Moon and finally get that off my chest. [I guess the proverbial straw that really broke the camel’s was how horribly the developer and Steam mislabeled it as an RPG.]

        Maybe I wanted to point out a simple fact.

        The gaming crowd is diverse and hard/impossible to predict.

        I like fresh IPs from new and old companies. I like well designed existing IPs. I want to see the industry grow and evolve.

        I want art to truly return to the industry. I want to see thought put into games.

        The Binding of Isaac feels like ideas cobbled together. To The Moon feels like a solid idea in the wrong art form.

        Yes. I added the @rant tag once I realized how ranty my post grew.

        I do not apologize for the content of this post.

        • Nintedward

          I admire the length and quality of your post 🙂 .

          Its funny how when speed typeing you can type all of that in just a couple of minutes or so ! lol.

        • Dr scoobie

          all that text must have been building up inside you until
          you exploded with text rage.

  • Johny

    yea .. we all know how Super Meat Boy for wii went >.>
    oh god… i want that game on my wii :'(

  • ceramicsaturn

    I like that Nintendo has learned it’s lessons, and wasn’t stuck up and kept on making the same mistakes. That’s one of many things I like about Nintendo over Sony. When Nintendo messes up, it may suck for the consumer/developer for a period of time. But they always address it. When Sony screws up, they keep beating a dead horse till there’s nothing left to beat. They pass the blame on the customers for not buying something they “should” want, etc. Only through necessity do they change. And even then, the change isn’t always what should have been done to fix the problem.

    As someone who disliked the Wii on several levels, it’s nice to see them address every issue I had with the Wii with the release of the Wii U.

    • D2K

      That is why Nintendo has lasted in the video game business for nearly 40 years and outlasted everyone else. They make mistakes just like everyone else does, but they actually DO something about it.

      • SUperMetroid1234

        does that include security vulnerabilities in the OS because i love homebrew but do not like piracy.
        Let the hate come ill be waiting.

        • LogicalDude

          Agreed. I really loved turning my Wii into a media center. If they get the same homebrew going with more power, I might just buy two USB/eSATA hard drive docks and move my media hard drive back and forth between the Wii-U and the computer.

    • revolution5268

      that’s why they have a very strong loyal fanbase + consumer trust in there side.
      Get N or get out.

  • Master Awesomeness

    Trine 1 one mac was awesome, so this is going to be a whole lot better.

    • Master Awesomeness

      When i said ‘this’, i meant trine 2.

  • Hater Of Zer0

    I’ll be looking forward to the next Indie developed hit (as popular as Minecraft) on the Wii U. 🙂

    • Nintedward

      I want pushmo/pullblox HD sequel 🙂

      • Nintedward

        Thats Nintendo developed , not indie :S . But I still want it !

  • gamemaster

    wii U er en sterk HD-spillkonsoll med en ny, ekstraordinær kontroll: Wii U GamePad. Kommer nå i spesialutgave med horrorspillet Wii ZombiU™.

    wii u is a strong HD consol, with a new extrododonary remote: wii u gamepad. comming now with the horrorgame.

    • heNintedward

      How long till a grammar Nazi shows up….

      • The incredible sandwich

        oh man that would suck

      • HeNintendy

        you cant edit you comment on wii u
        after you post.

        it is horrible

  • Asiancake

    Wii u is boss

    • Asiancake

      They should make a minecraft for wii u

      • JumpMan

        i would die. literally, in the game. i suck at it but it’s still the best!

      • revolution5268

        shut up and take my money!

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Wii U is more developer friendly I guess Trent Oster can suck it

  • RoboticLink

    I’m not the biggest indie game fan but this is still good news anyway. Good for nintendo and all the independent developers. This is one of the many things that makes Wii U even better than it’s already awesome predecessor.

  • Shane

    I’m not sure if I’ll get Trine 2, because I already have the free version from PS+, but I do know it has better content in store. I just don’t have enough money to buy it twice…
    I think Nintendo is copying PS+ with the digital program included with the deluxe edition Wii U, but I think it’s better that way because it’s Nintendo games now. Getting Awesomenauts free on it’s first day was great, and Virtua Fighter 5 for free when it became available via the online shop(XBox and PS). That’s why I like PS better. Buying PS+ over Xbox Live is a WAY more reasonable purchase, considering you pay $10 more for Live for a year, WITH NO FREE GAMES. I think Nintendo will do fine with online, and also hope it is more open to online players. Nintendo was thinking of an online service/subscription, and I have full faith Nintendo will make something great. Hoping that F-codes are an option. As crazy as that sounds, parents still want their kids to be limited online, but I also want an option for elders like us to be able to “friend” anyone online. For the youngsters that can’t via Parental Controls, THEY CAN PUT IN THE FRIEND CODES.

    I also hope we see 3D games and movies supported sometime in the Wii U’s life, but I think Nintendo may be looking for a better 3D display besides sterioscopic to come around before making a comitment. Makes me wonder if Nintendo has anything to do with technological advancement within the HQ… in terms of display and sound…

    • LogicalDude

      There were a lot of rumors going around that the Wii-U would have a graphics chipset based off the Radeon HD7000 series and it’s been confirmed that the HDMI port is 1.4 which means it supports the extra bandwidth needed for stereoscopic 3D.

  • harley dawber

    for me, ive just scraped enough money to get the zombiU pack at launch and at the boxing day sales gonna get some more games and especially some eshop games (chasing aurora and trine 2) 🙂

    • Shane

      Your lucky to have the Wii U Deluxe ZombiU bundle. I’m just gonna sell the Nintendo Land to rebuy it digitally eventually so I’d rather have ZombiU at launch which probably won’t be DLC for awhile if ever. Best regards from the U.S.

  • Golden Fox

    Man, the Wii U is getting love by Indie Devs. 🙂

  • SteampunkJedi

    I’ve never played indie games, but I’m glad it’s better for indie developers on the Wii U.

  • RandoM

    *completely random & off-topic*
    The Wii is all Nintendo’s console in one! Its a NES, SNES, N64, and GC!!! Alll in ONE!!!!!! Raaa!!

    • HeNintendy

      since when did they wii have gamecube games.
      i sure have missed alot.

  • SnowySpirit

    Man Wii U news has been so dry, and boring lately. I wish we’d get a new story worth a crap.

  • Chris

    So many games coming out for the PC and Wii U at the same time… that is just proving that the Wii U is going to be the next gen console to own.

  • Happy Mask Man

    XBL restrictions are just plain ridiculous, size, meta-score, units shipped… If your on PSN in europe you will know its just (echo) EEMMPPTTYY!!!!

  • CaptainFalconfan007

    Good news

  • bearmon2010

    I wont buy Wii U until they are better supporting by 3rd Party instead of port games to Wii U at first. I do not want to waste my money if its fail just like Wii. I learned my lesson from Wii and wont make a mistake twice. I will keep my eyes on this one since I like this new console a lot. Just a little bit concern about 3rd party supporting in the next 3 years. Be wise is what I want.

  • kyuubikid213

    Good to hear! I hope we get LOADS of Indie content that makes the Wii U the Indie-playground.