Damon Baker is the new face for Indies at Nintendo of America, with his official title being Senior Marketing Manager of Publisher and Developer Relations. Although, he is seen as the “new face”, he has actually been with Nintendo since August of 2006, and in his current role since July 2009.
Nintendo’s approach to Independent developers has seen a shift in this generation that has shown to be much more supportive than in times past. With the open handedness that was seen from the very beginning of the Wii U launch, Indie devs have had massive accessibility. Because of the policies in place, we consumers are able to see high-quality Indie titles alongside 1st Party AAA titles in the Nintendo eShops (for both Wii U and 3DS), which obviously gives them more exposure. Another great step forward for Indie exposure is Nintendo’s embracing of the Nindie moniker for those Indie titles coming to Nintendo platforms.
Nintendo Everything recently sat down for an interview with Damon Baker and discussed several things in regards to Nindies and what is to come.
Over the past few months, Baker has led the way on a couple of surprising and interesting eShop programs from Nintendo. The Humble Nindie Bundle was made available in late May, and just a few weeks later, Nintendo introduced Nindies@Home. Along with providing Wii U owners with the opportunity to try out new indie titles well before their release during E3 week, Nindies@Home had the added bonus of giving those who downloaded the demos a 15 percent discount when the full games launch.
With the new Nindies@Home program, Nintendo was able to gain a lot of insight from the data collected with the initiative. Baker also seems optimistic about an even more improved version of the program returning, as well.
We’ve got lots more surprises in store, so stay tuned!
Whatever they have up their sleeves, I am certainly looking forward to it.
In addition to the above spotlight, I’m also going to showcase a few of the coming Nindies in these Nindies Wednesdays.
Stevie DiDuro shared the revised release date for the coming Nindie, Freedom Planet.
Freedom Planet was a part of the Nindies@Home promotion. Take a look at the trailer below:
Did you get to participate in either the the Humble Nindie Bundle, the Nindies@Home or both promotions? How do you rate Nintendo’s approach to Indie devs, as of late? Will you be picking up Freedom Planet? Have you played the demo, yet?
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!
……For an added bonus, check out the Gamescom Sizzle Reel: