i understand the differences quite clearly Caliko.. Although even if its a 2nd party game whos name is getting stamped on it as it being theres? NINTENDO...Retro does the Metroid games. What is Retro..2nd party..whos name is on the box & disc Nintendo..
Secondly..even the 2nd party developers get visits from big wigs at Nintendo such as Iwata & Miyamoto especially Miyamoto so its not like there wouldn't be a Nintendo sourced influence on the game.
Now I disagree that Nintendo doesn't have to make a mature and/or core game...You keep pointing the finger at SEGA...well tell me did SEGA develop HoTDK ,Madworld ,or Conduit? NO...it was another developer that Nintendo could easily pick up. These games aren't SEGA IPs they were just published by SEGA..I wouldn't leave the core game duties up to SEGA anyhow then we definitely wouldnt get anywhere
Hell I'd love to see Nintendo take HVS under their wing as a 2nd party dev ,and push The Conduit IP further as a Nintendo owned IP.
And to clarify the whole 1st 2nd & 3rd party thing..
1st party games are games developed by in-house software development teams from that particular hardware developer
2nd party games are games developed by outsourced software development teams that said hardware developer may ,or may not have purchase stock in & such hardware developer publishes the developers game as their own.
3rd party games are games developed by a software development team that has no ties to any one particular hardware developer ,and can make games for any system they wish ,and usually have to seek out publishing deals unless able to self publish.