Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nintendo eShop Has a Humble Bundle

Get those wallets ready. The Humble Bundle has managed to do something that we didn't think possible: team up with Nintendo and release their brand of indie games for this week's sale. 

Let the awe and astonishment wash over you.

For those who don't know, the Humble Bundle began with a simple idea. Let gamers pay as much or as little as they want for games, and send the proceeds to charity. Since then it has grown with the support of companies such as EA and Valve. You get a myriad of games, old and new, at whatever price you want to pay. And you have a say in how your funds are divided. Do they all go to the developer or do you send it to charity, or maybe you do a split? That's up to you.

Games such as Mighty Switch Force and SteamWorld Dig are up for grabs, with more games to release later this week.

So why is it a big deal that Nintendo joined in? Well one, it's Nintendo. This isn't to say they are against charities, because they're not. They tend to have very traditional values with their company and almost never break out of their mold. So to see them willingly give up their content and allow customers to pay whatever they want is unheard of. Second, it's all indie games. Nintendo and indie typically do not mix. At all. I can't imagine how much of a challenge it is to develop something for the 3DS and Wii-U platforms with Nintendo's protocol to run through.

Maybe this is the year where Nintendo turns it all around and starts to look more like Sony and Microsoft? They're working on mobile games so...maybe it's not just a fluke? Maybe there is a monumental shift going on at Nintendo to catch up to the rest of the world?


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