Nintendo is beginning to embrace the 21st century by participating in the first-ever console-centric Humble Bundle, but is stuck in its old ways thanks to region-locking that leaves the majority of the world's gamers unable to join in the fun.
The latest Humble Bundle is called the Humble Nindie Bundle for a very good reason: the games featured are titles from independent games studios and for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS console families. It marks the first time that Humble Bundle has released a pay-what-you-want deal for console gamers, having got its start on cross-platform Windows, OS X and Linux games before branching out into Android software a while back. For Nintendo, it's a milestone moment: the company has typically been extremely reticent to do anything which could be seen as devaluing its brand or intellectual property, including participating in ultra-low-cost and pay-what-you-want bundling, often leaving money on the table as a result - as with its traditional refusal to allow its games to be ported to smartphones or tablets.
Sadly, while this may seem like progress on Nintendo's part the company is still making some silly decisions: the games purchased from the Humble Nindie Bundle are only redeemable on consoles from North, Central, and South America with the exclusion of Brazil. Gamers from anywhere else in the world will be unable to redeem the codes, making the bundle entirely useless for the majority of the world's population - including those Nintendo fans located in Japan, the company's home country.
For those across the pond who can make use of the offer, the pay-what-you-want bundle includes Guacamelee! Super Turbo Champsionship Edition for the Wii U, Woah Dave! and Mighty Switch Force! for the 3DS family, including the 2DS. Paying above the average, sitting at $9.20 at the time of writing, unlocks The Fall for the Wii U, OlliOlli for the Wii U and 3DS family, and Moon Chronicles Episode 1 for the 3DS family. Finally, $10 or more unlocks Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones for the Wii U and SteamWorld Dig for the Wii U and 3DS family.
More information is available on the official website