Yuji Naka feels Nintendo has Changed

Indie developed Cadence of Hyrule marks a major shift.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 03/26/2019 06:30 1 Comment     ShareThis

During the most recent Nindies Showcase, Nintendo surprised many with the revelation it was lending its beloved Zelda franchise to indie developer Brace Yourself Games for a crossover with their hit indie game Crypt of the Necrodancer. One of those surprised was legendary developer Yuji Naka, who sees this development as a sign that Nintendo has undergone some major changes.

Naka made his name at Sega, helping create and guide the Sonic franchise in addition to working on many other titles. He recently tweeted how he wanted to collaborate with Nintendo to bring Mario into one of his past games, but his requests were declined. Now, to see the company lend such a major franchise full-blown crossover, it represents a pretty big evolution of Nintendo’s very protective policies.

Cadence of Hyrule will be available sometime this spring. Of course, it will be interesting to see if this will be a one-time thing or if we’ll continue to see Nintendo partner with indie developers to bring new spins to their classic franchises. How about Mario meets Super Meat Boy?

Source: NintendoSoup

One Response to “Yuji Naka feels Nintendo has Changed”

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    Toadlord says...

    I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but Shin’en getting to use the F-Zero license seems like such a no brainer if Nintendo is more open to this now.

    I have to give Nintendo high marks in the Switch era. This playing nice with Microsoft business and recent Ubisoft games using Mario and Star Fox really have me excited for the future.

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