Nintendo lets others worry about Western games

Despite the U.S. commercial success of both the Wii and American-made Metroid Prime 3, Nintendo proper has no plans to further cater to the tastes of Western audiences.

"I'm not aware of any plans to push for more software development here in the U.S.," said Nintendo's George Harrison in an interview with Wired News.

"The actual decision about producing more software and who should do it is driven by Satoru Iwata and the management team, including Mr. Miyamoto, in Japan."

But shouldn't Nintendo be more concerned with designing games specifically for Western gamers, especially given the company's resurgence of popularity in the U.S.?

No, says Harrison, so long as third-party publishers exists.

"They're doing a great job both on DS and on Wii. They tend to provide product in categories that we aren't particularly good at doing, like sports or other genres. And since they're Western publishers, they tend to be more in tune with Western tastes."

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