Why some devs prefer Nintendo's download shops over Apple's
"People who buy Nintendo platforms actually care about buying and playing games ... too many users of iOS are freeloaders."
- Nnooo creative director Nic Watt argues that Nintendo's download shops have a big advantage
over Apple's App Store when it comes to the audiences they attract.
Though some developers have had trouble finding any success on the WiiWare, DSiWare, and eShop services, Nnooo (EscapeVektor, myNotebook
series) has sold a lot more copies of its downloadable games on those Nintendo platforms than it has on the App Store.
The creative director believes that's because consumers on Nintendo's consoles are interested in games, first and foremost. Watt says iOS owners on the other hand aren't looking for quality experiences or longevity, just novelty and cheap prices.
Watts is one of a handful of Nintendo digital download developers we spoke to recently. Is his experience indicative of a trend? Or is it more complicated than that? Find out in today's cover story