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Nintendo woos indies in New York this week in continued push for Wii U, 3DS

Nintendo will arrive at IndieCade East this week with a showcase of independently created games and some advice to help developers bring their titles to Nintendo platforms, the company announced today.

Nintendo's senior manager of licensing, Damon Baker, will give a talk called "Self-Publishing with Nintendo," in which he'll discuss how developers can bring their games to the eShops on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The following is a list of the eight games to appear, and a description of each in Nintendo's words.

  • Affordable Space Adventures from KnapNok Games and Nifflas Games. This suspenseful stealth puzzling Wii U exclusive features co-op play and will be playable at the show.
  • Blek from Broken Rules & kunabi brother. Imagination and creativity come to life in this beautiful award-winning puzzle game that launched on Feb. 12 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
  • Elliot Quest from PlayEveryWare. An 8-bit retro RPG game with a hero on a quest to cure his curse of immortality. Explore Urele Island and uncover its secrets when this game launches in March, exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
  • Gunman Clive 2 from Hörberg Productions. This Nintendo 3DS exclusive has a strong following, and its loyal fans have been hungry to check out this sequel, which launched Jan. 29 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
  • IronFall: Invasion from VD-Dev. This Nintendo 3DS exclusive takes full advantage of the C Stick features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL system for better aiming. The game supports online and local multiplayer for up to six players, for fast and frantic fun.
  • Moon Chronicles from Renegade Kid. An update is now available for this critically acclaimed first-person game, designed to fully use the extra control options available on New Nintendo 3DS XL — including the C Stick and new ZL and ZR Buttons.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse from WayForward. This game is now available in the Nintendo eShop, but Nintendo will be showing off updates that take advantage of New Nintendo 3DS XL.
  • Swords & Soldiers 2 from Ronimo Games. This side-scrolling strategy game, which is a Wii U exclusive and features local multiplayer, will be on hand at the show.

This is Nintendo's latest effort to court and showcase independently created games and their creators. Last March, the company launched an indie-focused online eShop hub. The eShop has also sponsored indie-focused sales. Dan Adelman, who was responsible courting indies for Nintendo, left the company last August.

Nintendo's commitment to independent developers also extends to software. Nintendo and Unity Technologies, a creator of popular cross-platform game development software, have been working together for the last few years. That began with Wii U compatibility in Unity. It's planned for 3DS, too.

IndieCade East will run from Feb. 13-15 in New York's Museum of the Moving Image, and Polygon will be there to bring you all the news.

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