Given Nintendo’s reputation of being not-so-friendly to third parties, it was very odd when the Humble Nindie Bundle was put up for sale. For the first time ever, we’re seeing a handful of downloadable games being sold for a discount through an official third party. While the move seemed odd at first, Nintendo’s Damon Baker, the man in charge of licensing and self-proclaimed “indie advocate,” shed some light on the whole situation.
“[It’s] been a lot of hard work but we’ve known the folks at Humble for ages, and it seemed like the right time finally get a collaboration over the line. They have so much knowledge in working with so many different content providers and charity organizations that it has felt more like a partnership than any sort of promotional program.” — Damon Baker, Nintendo Licensing
Nintendo tends to be very protective of its IPs, trying to retain their value for as long as possible. When asked if this conflicts with the Humble Bundle’s ability to let buyers set their own price, Baker said:
“In the end, we were confident that the savvy Humble community would see the value of what is being offered and would choose an appropriate price on their own. I hope this doesn’t sound cheesy, but we trust our fans to see the promotion for what it is. These Nindies deserve all the attention as they’ve put their blood, sweat and tears into creating amazing games and experiences and we encourage everyone to go out there and support them along with the fantastic Code.org.” — Damon Baker, Nintendo Licensing
While this bundle is already great, most of us would love to see more in the future. Regarding future Humble Bundles, Baker had this to say:
”We don’t have anything to announce at this time, but who knows what might happen moving forward!” — Damon Baker, Nintendo Licensing
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Source: Tiny Cartridge