To become an Authorized Developer for Wii:
The process for becoming an Authorized Developer for Wii begins with the Developer Application.
The Developer Application is for developers located in North America, Europe, Australia, and countries outside of Japan/Korea. Japanese/Korean developers must apply to Nintendo Company Ltd. in Kyoto, Japan. 3rd Party Tools, QA/Testing, and Localization companies can also apply for Authorized Status using the same Application.
We typically look for companies that are established game developers, or individuals with game industry experience. We require that companies are working from secure business offices.
If the Application is approved by Nintendo, we will simultaneously execute the Wii NDA, and email you a copy of the Application and NDA for your records. At this point, the developer will be considered an Authorized Developer for Wii, which also includes WiiWare. The SDK can be downloaded from Warioworld, and development kits can be purchased from Nintendo.
If you are working with a Licensee on a project for Nintendo platforms, please indicate this information in the appropriate section of the Developer Application. A Licensee means a company which is licensed to develop and market approved games on a system which they have a current Nintendo Licensing Agreement.
Please submit this information using our Developer Application form.
* Your company's full legal and incorporated company name (including Ltd., Inc., Co.), address, telephone numbers and a main contact and that person's email address.
* A list of the principal members of your company, and their relevant game industry experience.
* A list of published game titles (any platform).
* A list of any subsidiaries or branch offices that will aid in development.
The general Terms and Conditions of the Authorized Developer program are:
1. Developer Qualifications: An Authorized Developer will have demonstrated the ability to develop and program excellent software for Nintendo video game systems or for other game platforms. In addition, an Authorized Developer will have a stable business organization with secure office facilities separate from a personal residence. Home offices do not meet this requirement. resources in order to insure the security of Nintendo confidential information and in order to ensure an effective environment for working with Nintendo and/or its Licensees. Nintendo provides Authorized Developers with highly confidential information and many of Nintendo's Licensees also rely on recommendations and referrals to Authorized Developers. For these reasons, Nintendo exercises a very high level of care in evaluating Authorized Developers.
2. Confidentiality Agreement; Release of Confidential Information: Upon entering into agreements to hold all proprietary information received from Nintendo as confidential, an authorized developer will receive written software programming specifications for the platform they will be developing for, and the ability to purchase software development tools solely for that company's site. Authorized developers will have access to Nintendo's third party support website to discuss all development issues and receive technical updates. Each employee or independent contractor of an authorized developer who has access to the Nintendo proprietary information will be required to sign a suitable confidentiality agreement with the developer and/or Nintendo.
3. Game Development: Rights granted to an Authorized Developer extend only to the use of Nintendo's proprietary information for the development of games on the platform for which they signed the appropriate non-disclosure agreement. Rights do not extend to the right to manufacture, market, promote or otherwise exploit developed games or the Nintendo proprietary information, whether incorporated in hardware, software or accessory formats. An authorized developer may develop a game on a speculation basis or on a contract basis with an authorized Nintendo licensee.
4. Wii Development Kits: Approximate development costs range from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on the size of your team. Financial stability is expected by Authorized Developers in order to purchase the necessary development equipment for your project.
5. Second Party Publishing with Nintendo: This program is not an offer for Nintendo to publish your game title. If you are developing a disc-based game for retail channels, it is your responsibility to secure your own deal with a Licensee. If you are developing a WiiWare game, it is in Nintendo's sole discretion whether to publish your game.
If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to contact Sandy Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for your interest in Wii and WiiWare development.