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Nintendo makes partial climb down on indie stance

PR director Mark Franklin says "Nintendo always appreciates good quality content"

Nintendo director of PR Mark Franklin has told press that his company has no problem working with small developers, as long as the content is of a sufficiently high standard.

Speaking to Gamasutra, Franklin made clear that the platform holder has nothing against independents, and has had positive experiences in the past.

"Nintendo always appreciates good quality content regardless of whether that's coming from an indie developer or a more established publisher," said Franklin.

"For example, we've worked with 2D Boy, the people behind World of Goo for WiiWare. This is a group of guys who don't even have an office. So we embrace that kind of independent spirit and it's ultimately the most innovative content that will rise to the top."

His comments seem to be intended to take some of the sting out of Reggie Fils-Aime's recent statement which said that Nintendo were not looking to do business with 'gargage developers', itself seen as an extension of Satoru Iwata's GDC keynote expressing concern about a flood of free or low-priced mobile and social titles.

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