No, Nintendo is not appealing to crowdfunding for upcoming Wii U title Game & Wario
. It is, however, quite comfortable with poking fun at the practice in the game's new promotional video, shown above.
The video depicts flatulent ne'er-do-well Wario taking to "crowdfarter.com
" (a URL that in fact redirects to the game's official page on Nintendo's website) to encourage fans to fund the game's development. "Why should I pay for everything when other people will do it for me?" Wario asks in the video's voiceover. "Waho! I'm-a gonna be rich!"
Crowdfunding game development has shot up dramatically in the last year. Kickstarter reported over $83 million raised for game projects in 2012, with flagship entries like the working titled Double Fine Adventure (now Broken Age) and Project Eternity both bringing in more than $3 million apiece.
Kickstarter and other crowdfunding services like IndieGoGo are not without their critics, of course, and more than a few projects have failed. But it's probably pretty unlikely that Nintendo will be going the crowdfunding route any time soon.
Game & Wario will be arriving on Wii U on June 23rd.