Nintendo Signage
Nintendo signage is displayed at the company's booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 11, 2014. Reuters/Kevork Djansezian

Gaming giant Nintendo recently handed out software developer kits for its upcoming NX console and now, the company has launched a website for would-be developers and publishers for its home and handheld consoles.

A new website was launched by Nintendo for those interested in developing titles for the Wii U and 3DS. Developers and publishers need only sign up for the service, and after a selection process, Nintendo will hand out several tools and source codes for HTML5 and Unity for creating Wii U and 3DS games.

Those who are lucky enough to be accepted by Nintendo will be given access to a Nintendo Dev Interface, also referred to as NDI, Gamespot reports. The NDI ensure the creators are given an excellent workspace which is optimised and geared towards easy development for their chosen game and console. Essentially, the website was created so that interested developers can easily contribute to Nintendo’s library of games.

As for publishers, the website can be used for the easy distribution of titles on Nintendo’s digital store, the eShop. The website will give publishers access to a set of tools that allow for the easy management of games and apps.

However, Nintendo was quiet about the qualifications it was looking for of people hoping to be accepted into the program. It is most likely that Nintendo is looking for companies with experience in developing titles for the Wii U and 3DS, which houses unique features compared to other hardware.

The newly launched website is in lieu with the reports of Nintendo handing out software developer kits for the NX. The new website could also look for NX enthusiasts before the upcoming console’s rumoured 2016 reveal.

Other rumours regarding the console note that the device will come with a mobile unit upon launch. The rumour is supported by Nintendo’s plans to venture into the mobile gaming field.

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