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Nintendo NX: Ori and the Blind Forest dev can’t get a dev kit; Unravel dev says platform shrouded in secrecy

Ori and the Blind Forest was arguably one of the best titles of last year — so much so, that we named it our site’s best side-scroller of 2015. It would be nice, then, to see it release on the upcoming Nintendo NX.

The problem is, it may not, simply because Ori‘s developer, Moon Studios, can’t get its hands on an NX dev kit.

“This is actually THE singlest most annoying thing for every dev out there,” Moon’s Thomas Mahler said in a post on NeoGAF. “We also talked to Nintendo and got absolutely nothing – I’ll never understand that. And just to be clear, it’s not just Nintendo, every hardware manufacturer is treating their devkits and their unreleased consoles like they’re the second coming and are insanely secretive about it to a stupid degree in todays time. It’s not even that the hardware isn’t finished (duh), but you could at least give me the goddamn specs, so we’d know what to build s*** for!

“What’s needed to sell hardware is goddamn good software. With Nintendo not having any devkits out there at this point and probably even wanting to sell it in 2016, I can already guarantee that they’ll just not have any software support, since nobody can just jumble games together in less than a year. I mean, you can, but it’ll be garbage.”

Meanwhile, Unravel developer Martin Sahlin of Coldwood Interactive says the platform is still too shrouded in secrecy to do anything with.

“[Nintendo is] really secretive about it! About the NX, it’s funny, really,” Sahlin said to GamingBolt.

“I wish I knew more about it, but they’re really secretive about it. I actually had a really fun discussion with a person from Nintendo a while back. It was basically ‘I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours’ (laughs). So he wanted me to pitch something for the NX, and then he could tell me more about what it was. But basically, it’s kind of hard to pitch something when you don’t even know what it is!”

We’ll have more on the NX as it develops.


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