Nintendo has an immense library of popular and memorable first-party characters and franchises, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid, but one area where they have greatly lacked in recent years is third-party support. Major publishers and developers have shown little to no support for Nintendo in recent years, and many important multiplatform games skip Wii U. However, according to Nintendo of Canada head Pierre-Paul Trepanier, we’re in for some big third-party announcements for Nintendo soon.
When asked about third-party support for Nintendo from Canadian developers, Trepanier first pointed out that Nintendo and Ubisoft continue to have a relationship (although it’s not the healthy one it used to be) and teased that “at E3 you’ll be hearing about more big third-party partnerships.” The topic of third-party support was brought up again later in the interview, and Trepanier said that we’ll be hearing about “interesting partnerships” soon.
“We would love to have [them] and you’ll hear in a few weeks about some interesting partnerships. We’ve already over the past year opened up and aggressively sought licensing deals in lots of different areas. In the video game space you’ve seen Nintendo characters appear in other game worlds. It’s also happening outside the game world, with the Universal Studios partnership that will bring Nintendo to fans and families through theme parks.”
— Pierre-Paul Trepanier
What third-party companies would you like to see working more closely with Nintendo? What third-party IP would you like to see on Wii U or 3DS? Sound off in the comments!