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To become an Authorized Developer for Nintendo game platforms:

The process for becoming an Authorized Developer for Nintendo game platforms begins with the Developer Application.

The Developer Application is for developers located Worldwide, outside of Japan/Korea. Developers located in Japan or Korea 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. You will need to select the appropriate category from the "Role of Company" drop-down box in the Application. Authorization will be based upon your relevant industry experience.

Nintendo looks for companies that are established game developers, or individuals with game industry experience. Authorization will be based upon your relevant game industry experience.

We require that companies are working from a secure business location. A secure business location is a secure, lockable area within the workspace to ensure the security of all Nintendo confidential information (including, without limitation, all development tools from Nintendo).

The Application includes a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Once the Application and NDA are submitted by you, we will email you a copy of the Application and NDA for your records. Please note that your submission of an Application and NDA does not imply that your company is approved, or will be approved, as an Authorized Developer for Nintendo game platforms.

Please submit this information using our Developer Application form, including:

  • Your company's full legal and incorporated company name (including Ltd., Inc., Co. Ltd., LLC, as applicable), business 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 wholly-owned 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 to Nintendo's satisfaction 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 demonstrated to Nintendo's satisfaction that it has (a) a stable business organization, (b) a secure, lockable area within its workspace to ensure the security of all Nintendo confidential information (including, without limitation, all development tools provided to Authorized Developer by Nintendo), and (c) an effective environment for working with Nintendo and/or its Publishers.

  2. Confidentiality Agreement; Release of Confidential Information: If approved as an Authorized Developer, your company will receive written software programming specifications for Nintendo platforms, and the ability to purchase software development tools solely for use at that company's business location. Authorized Developers will have access to Nintendo's Software Development Support Group's website to discuss all development issues and receive technical updates. Each employee of an Authorized Developer who has access to the Nintendo proprietary information will be required to sign a suitable confidentiality agreement with the Authorized Developer, with terms at least as strict as those in the NDA. If your company did not intend to enter into the NDA, then DO NOT access our proprietary website or any of our confidential information, and immediately notify us that you are declining to proceed as an Authorized Developer.

  3. Game Development: Rights granted to an Authorized Developer for Nintendo game platforms extend only to the use of Nintendo's proprietary information for the development of games on Nintendo game platforms. No rights are being granted as a result of being approved as an Authorized Developer to manufacture, market, promote or otherwise exploit developed games or the Nintendo proprietary information, whether incorporated in hardware, software or accessory formats. Any such rights will, if granted, be pursuant to a separate License Agreement with Nintendo.

  4. Development Kits: Approximate development costs will vary, depending on the size of your development team. Pricing for a development kit starts at approximately $2500. Financial stability is expected by Authorized Developers in order to purchase the necessary development equipment for your project.

  5. Game Publishing: Becoming an Authorized Developer does not mean that any game you develop will be published. If your company is developing a game on Nintendo platforms for retail distribution, it is your responsibility to secure your own business agreement with a Publisher having a License Agreement with Nintendo for the specific platform.
    If your company is developing a game for our Digital Distribution program(s), it is in Nintendo's sole discretion both whether to offer you a Content Development and Distribution Agreement and whether to release your game.
If you have any questions about your Application, please feel free to contact support@noa.com or 425.861.2715.

Thank you again for your interest in development for Nintendo platforms.


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