A while back Beamdog basically bashed Nintendo and WiiWare saying he was left in the dark and that he didn’t understand the Wii/U. Trent Oster, president of Beamdog, has had a chance to see what the people have to say and he’s a little surprised by what they said. In an interview with Nintendo Life he didn’t come across as off-putting, stating the 3DS eshop was an improvement over WiiWare. He said Nintendo is improving with the 3DS and Wii U marking WiiWare as a good learning experience and that if enough independent developers do well on the Wii U, they may end up developing for the platform, but for now they won’t be targeting the Wii U.
NL: You’ve come to the attention of Nintendo gamers recently due to comments about WiiWare. How do you feel about the overall reaction and interest?
TO: I was surprised by the reaction to my comments. What I stated has been said a great deal within the industry, I guess I didn’t get the memo about not posting it publicly. Given the 140 character limit of Twitter and my cranky 3am mindset, my comment was also a pretty choppy sound bite. The feedback has mostly been agreement and support about how Nintendo can improve. But, I now have a few people who randomly appear on the various social networks and troll me.
NL: If eShop is an indicator, it looks like Wii U may have a more dynamic store-front and a far more relaxed file size limit: if that’s the case, will you reconsider your stance on developing for Nintendo?
TO: As an independent developer, we eat what we kill, so our sole experience with Nintendo so far has been no eating. If the Wii U takes off and a number of independent developers do well on the platform we might take another look at it. For now, we’re not going to chase the Wii U platform.
NL: From what you’ve seen of Wii U so far, how do you think it’ll compare to the Wii’s success?
TO: I haven’t seen enough of the Wii U to really comment. Once I’ve played with it and watched other more mainstream gamers play with it I’ll be able to form a reasonable opinion. I think the Wii was an amazing success for Nintendo which will be hard to match.
NL: How do you think Nintendo will change its digital download policies for developers in future?
TO: I’m hoping for the better. I hope the WiiWare experience was a good learning opportunity and they continue on the course of improvement they appear to be on with the 3DS and the Wii U.