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Nintendo launches indie-focused online hub for eShop titles

An online hub for Nintendo eShop Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS titles is now live with an emphasis on indie games.

The hub features more than 1,000 "new, classic and indie" games for the Wii U and the 3DS. The hub's design spotlights indie titles such as SteamWorld Dig, GunMan Clive, Moon Chronicles, Cave Story, Attack of the Friday Monster and more.

Nintendo of America's Dan Adelman and Damon Baker told Polygon at PAX Prime last year that the company is eager to accommodate indie developers on its platforms. Baker acknowledged at the time that Nintendo intends to address the eShop's design, which made it difficult to find indie-developed eShop content amongst major digital releases and Virtual Console titles.

"The Nintendo eShop is always a work in progress," Baker told Polygon. "We're going to have off-device availability [through the web, phone and smart devices] for eShop sales at some point. All of us feel that discoverability is going to be increasingly more important. We've got a nice flow of content, but as we grow the amount of content, it's going to be important that we find that holy grail solution of how we make discoverability a priority..."

According to Adelman, Nintendo has lowered the barrier for indie devs to bring their games to eShop and aims to "make it as close to frictionless as possible, [with a] really low cost of entry and a really smooth process."

Nintendo announced last October that it plans to bring the MonoGame Framework, an open source version of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework, to the Wii U platform. MonoGame Framework allows devs to develop cross-platform games by re-using code.

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