The Wii U may not get many AAA Third-Party games, but it does get a lot of Indie games. This is thanks to Dan Adelman who was able to court many Indie developers to Nintendo’s platform. However, Indie developers may start leaving the platform. Why? Because Dan Adelman has left his position at Nintendo of America.
Speaking with Kotaku, he revealed that his main reason for leaving was due to Nintendo attempting to censor, and even stop him from posting to Twitter. This all came to a head when Adelman engaged in a conversation about region-locking, and resulted in Nintendo telling him to stop using Twitter altogether.
“I had been strongly encouraged to stay off of Twitter—or at least say only things that were clearly safe—so after the region-locking comment they just said I needed to stop completely. When people started complaining that I wasn’t active on Twitter anymore, it was suggested that a PR person could just post in my name. I thought that was about the worst idea I’d ever heard, so I left it as is and let the silence speak for itself.”
Adelman was responsible for bringing high-profile Indie games such as World of Goo and Cave Story to Nintendo platforms. Nintendo has lost a valuable asset. Though the company will continue to court Indie developers, it remains to be seen whether they will have as much success without Adelman.