A third party developer is a company that makes video game
s and then publishes them for any hardware platform it would like to, provided the parent company of said platform will allow it (i.e. Squaresoft
may want to make Gameboy Advance
titles, but Nintendo
won't let them unless they make GameCube
titles as well.) There are usually several different development teams within the company, each working on seperate products.
Examples of this would be Capcom
and Electronic Arts
For information on first party developer
s and second party developer
s, click the links.