Hardcore Gamer: Earlier this week, Nintendo top dog Satoru Iwata announced the company’s decision to offer their trademark franchises to be licensed by new partners for Nintendo-exclusive productions. While it’s nothing too magnanimous for this industry, the idea of Nintendo offering up their legendary series to new entities is something significant for the company. Until now, outside of some rare occasions, Nintendo has been hesitant to let outsiders touch their prized possessions, so it’s certainly a liberating proposition. But it’s not just ambitious; with Nintendo offering their series for other developers to use, this could certainly calm the conflict that Nintendo and third-party developers have been having since the Nintendo 64 era. Even better, it could be beneficial for both sides.