We reported back in December about Bob’s sit-in protest against Nintendo and yesterday there was a bit of new developments:
I have been approached recently by a “homebrew device” manufacturer that can secure a retail distribution deal with Wal-Mart and game stores like GameStop.
This is not unprecedented. There are already some homebrew devices in retail stores, such as the Datel Max Media Drive, and the GBA Movie Player by Nintendo themselves.
“bob’s game” could be sold on a microSD card, along with a DSi-enabled “homebrew device,” for less than the price of a high-budget DS title.
This is much like what companies such as Galoob and Tengen did in the past. “bob’s game” would be sold with the memory cards and accessories, similar to how “Game Genie” was distributed.
It’s a way to get my game on the shelf- but I would rather not do this. This is why I am protesting Nintendo to sell me what I need to publish through official means.
This situation shouldn’t even happen in the first place! The competitors are reaching out towards independent developers and embracing this new phenomenon.
Nintendo, on the other hand, is once again a sluggish dinosaur- and they’re supposed to be the ones driving innovation!
I believe Nintendo is once again losing touch with its fans, similar to what happened at the height of the original NES’ popularity.
[ BobsGame ]