John Carmack details Negative experiences with Nintendo
John Carmack had a lot to say as to why they aren’t developing for Nintendo platforms. The main reason he says is due to the fact that the technologies are out of sync. What this means is, considering the types of games id makes, it’s not technically possible to make them run on the Wii. I’m sure plenty of you know this, but it’s nice hearing from John Carmack himself.
“The only reason we’re not doing anything with Nintendo now is just that the technologies are out of sync,” said Carmack. He also mentioned that the audience for the Wii usually aren’t receptive to games developers like id create, which is expected when you see the type of third party support the Wii got this gen. “. It’s a perfect opportunity to do PC, 360, PS3, but you couldn’t have the same content base also targeting the Wii,” explained Carmack.
He hasn’t seen the Wii U console yet, but he believes it will change attitude of the third party developers, as the machine is capable of running most games they can create. But, you know, the new platform is probably just right there. It would probably be straightforward to target our stuff over there. It would depend on what the business case is for any of that,” he said.