Nintendo have unveiled a new registration system for developers looking to work on their systems. The Nintendo Developer Portal allows both traditional and indie developers to enrol and get access to help with their projects. It will provide software development kits and updates for them, as well as middleware like physics engines and software for dealing with sound.
The programme’s website, just launched, pitches it as being for game developers, tool developers and publishers. Registration will be open to both existing companies and new or independent developers.
The news comes the day after a new report suggested the next Nintendo system, currently codenamed the NX, could be a hybrid of home consoles and handhelds. The report, published in the Wall Street Journal, said:
The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear. People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use. They also said Nintendo would aim to put industry-leading chips in the NX devices, after criticism that the Wii U’s capabilities didn’t match those of competitors.
The Developer Portal only lists current systems the 3DS and Wii U as its available platforms, although presumably the service will be one of the locations updated with new technical news about the NX as its release approaches.