Despite WiiWare’s troubled history with the very indie developers it was set up to cater to, the online shop for Nintendo’s aging original Wii will be seeing the release of one of this year’s best received indie games – Retro City Rampage. Much like the infamous MDK 2 release which made the developer no money whatsoever, Brian Provinciano’s opus is also very unlikely to meet Nintendo’s sales threshold and start making money.
“Between the office rent, hardware, insurance, game ratings and other costs, had I not done the WiiWare version, I could’ve saved around $20,000 – not even including my salary in porting it,” according to the Retro City Rampage dev. “And as it stands, virtually no games hit the threshold these days, so it’s only being released as fan service. A $20,000 gift to the fans.”
Source Nintendo Life