>> Friday, October 19, 2007
Producer and publisher THQ signed a deal with Nintendo
where it gets the rights to use the characters like Mario and Zelda in their own games. Including the deal is that the games are to be published on Wii, advertised and traded in western half of the world until October 13, 2009. This deal sounds like the Philips-Nintendo deal as was announced in 1991 although you know Philips never signed a deal to use the Nintendo characters. Let me point back to a quote made by a very close source:
"The deal to do the deal with Nintendo was given to us. It was in essence a gift as a result of other negotiations that Philips and Nintendo were having. Philips was to produce a gaming system for Nintendo that was CD based. There were significant discussions on this and in fact, at one point and announcement that there was joint development. Nintendo changed their mind pure and simple and elected to go another no CD based route."
As with the Zelda CD-i titles, Nintendo always kept the veto right for usage of their IP, and even the CD-i got approved by Nintendo, according to another CD-i developer: "I remember that Nintendo had final approval rights over the product, and they did see and approve all the Zelda games, but I think they thought of CD-i as some little niche product that they could safely ignore."
Thanks to: Aart, Tweakers, and our own sources for the quotes.
UPDATE: A THQ representative has since stated that the filing is a standard Wii developer agreement, suggesting that there is no specific Nintendo character/franchise being licensed.