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BBC interested in Kinect, Wii U development

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The BBC has expressed interest in developing for Nintendo's next console, it has been revealed.

The Wii U was described as a "really interesting product" by the broadcaster, especially if it had strong digital download functionality.

"I think the challenge is for us to get [our brands as] games into something like retail," BBC digital and games executive producer Simon Harris told CVG.

"[We're] very excited to hear what their plans are in that area and yes we'll be looking at whether there are really good strategic partnerships on our brands that we can bring to those platforms as well.

"Nintendo are currently a market leader on consoles so when they do something new you'd better sit up and take notice and try to see if we can become involved in it."

Harris added that Kinect "makes a huge amount of sense" for some of the BBC's franchises.

While BBC Worldwide has released retail titles such as last year's Doctor Who games Evacuation Earth and Return to Earth, its main focus is digital releases.

As well as Doctor Who and Top Gear iPhone applications, it has been developing a Doctor Who MMO and a second season of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games.

BBC Worldwide will also begin publishing independent games by the end of the year.

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