The Wii Virtual Console service was a feature that was really promising in the beginning. The ability to have all of your classic games in one place, with no worry of loss, was something people desired for a long time. The VC’s library of classic games was good but there were some notable absences. The 3DS is continuing that trend and we know that current VC downloads on Wii will be able to carry over to the Wii U.
Nintendo has announced the Wii U will not be backwards compatible with GameCube games. Not surprising considering most systems don’t have that much compatibility for classic titles. Most likely they will make GameCube games available for purchase through the Virtual Console. Nintendo hasn’t confirmed this but at least one source is saying that it’s going to happen. I will not be surprised by this at all and would welcome it as there are a lot of GameCube titles that I just don’t have anymore or never got to play. As long as the library continues to grow, and doesn’t get neglected like it did on Wii, it could be a glorious thing.
There are some things that need to be worked out, like having all of these games tied to a single username and whether or not you’ll be able to move them to the GamePad and play them off screen. You’ve also got the unusual button layout to contend with. Granted, the Wii U GamePad and the Pro Controller both have all the necessary buttons, but muscle memory will have you wanting to press things that just aren’t there. Perhaps some third party will release a GameCube styled Pro Controller.
If a random post made in an iMDB forum is to be believed, there is a new game coming to the 3DS and Wii U based on the popular anime FLCL. It’s believed to be in development by Namco Bandai and that’s about all the information we have on the rumor. I’ve reached out to the developer to see if the rumor is true.
Of course, we’re gearing up for E3 and the rumors are going to be flying all over the place. I would imagine if this is true we’ll hear more about it at E3. Until then know that this is just a rumor.
Resident Evil: Revelations turned out to be one pretty good Resident Evil game. It’s the first game in the franchise I actually played all the way through, and have done so twice now. I really liked the experience and thought it fit on the 3DS perfectly. The bite sized “episodes” made it easy to get in and out of the game quickly and not have to devote too much time to one play session. The multiplayer took the Mercenaries mode and expanded on it to make it even more fun. The producer of the game, Masachika Kawata, has even said he’d like to do another game on the 3DS.
Well, rumors are beginning to circulate that we could be seeing a new entry on the 3DS before the end of the year. Digital Spy has information about a possible game, called Resident Evil: Downfall, that would be hitting the system before the end of the year. The information was quickly pulled down and Capcom has not officially responded to the rumor. The game is reported to take place between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 and would star Claire Redfield as she witnesses the “downfall of humanity”.
Also according to the rumor, it would include copies of both Resident Evil: Degeneration and Resident Evil: Damnation, the two computer animated films in the franchise. If true this would be the second 3DS retail release to see digital copies of movies included as Tekken 3D: Prime Edition included a copy of Tekken: Blood Vengeance. More than anything I want this part of the rumor to be true because I like the idea of having a library of 3D movies available to watch on my system.
E3 is just around the corner and we may find out more about this game if the rumors are true. Until that time I wouldn’t expect to hear anything official from Capcom outside of, “we don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” I do think a game coming out this year would be a little too quick, but I wouldn’t put it outside the realm of possibility to see an early 2013 release.
The domain for Rayman Legends was recently acquired by Ubisoft pointing to a potential sequel to Rayman Origins. That’s nothing new in the video game world as people are always uncovering new domain registrations, many of which do hint at a game coming out in the future. Today, however, a trailer for said game leaked online and was very quickly pulled down from YouTube. It is still available other places around the net and it shows off some interesting things.
First, it confirms the game is going to be on Wii U as the trailer focused on that version of the game. It showed off the same four-player multi-player that was present in the previous game and a slightly updated visual style. The most interesting part of the trailer was that it seemed to confirm some of the features of the Wii U. One being that it appears the system will only support one Wii U tablet as only one person in the game was using the controller, but they were able to manipulate the environment in different ways. The second, it seems to confirm the near field communication feature of the system. Much like in Activision’s Skylanders players will be able to use figures in the game to activate enemies in the form of rabbids or refill their health with a heart figure. It also appears that Ezio, from Assassin’s Creed, will be in the game as one of the players is seen reaching for a figure of the stealthy character.
Ubisoft has since come out and said the trailer was only intended for internal purposes to show members of the team some ideas that could be implemented in the game. They went on to say it in no way confirms any of the features that were shown in the trailer, only that those ideas were possible. Two questions arise from this. Are you excited about another Rayman game and do these features make you more or less excited for Wii U?
There appears to be some evidence mounting that Nintendo will be localizing Pandora’s Tower for North America. Will there be a three for three with the Operation Rainfall titles? Xenoblade Chronicles is out, The Last Story is coming in June and now let’s see what’s going on with Pandora.
GameStop is showing a listing for the game in their computers. Some of the stores have shown the listing has actually been there since August. I called one of the stores here in Tulsa and the associate I spoke to found the game in their system. Now, NinTemple.com has a recorded conversation with what they say is a GameStop manager confirming they are going to begin taking pre-orders for the title on June 20th for a release later this year and that it will be a GameStop exclusive; much like Xenoblade Chronicles was.
If you want to listen to the audio you can find it here: http://nintemple.blogspot.com/2012/04/confirmation-on-pandoras-tower-coming.html. It sounds legit to me. If this is true, I’m very excited about this news.
As if I wasn’t already excited enough about Kid Icarus: Uprising releasing this week, (Yea the game is almost out and I’ll shut up about it soon.), Sakurai took to Twitter to post this image you see here. It’s a booster pack of AR cards for the game, and it has a little bit of wording there at the bottom, “Pre-order special pack, 24 cards”. This is coming from a Twitter account that has his name, but is also labeled as Nintendo of Europe. Could this just be a pre-order bonus that Europeans will get, or does this possibly signal a pre-order bonus that will be waiting for us as well when we pick up the game on Friday?
Oh, how I hope that’s the case. I’ll only have four AR Cards and there is some pretty cool stuff that the game uses them for. Some of the early buzz is that these cards will also help unlock new weapons in the game. You can get them through playing, or if you scan these cards the information will show up in your Kid Icarus Weapon Pokedex (my own term) in the game.
This week on the podcast I mentioned that we were at about that point in time when the E3 rumors would start trickling out and right on cue they begin. This batch of rumors comes from Forget the Box and have to deal with Wii U software. According to their source there are around 70 games currently in development from different outlets and that Nintendo will be showing off ten or eleven of them at E3. Four of those Nintendo published games would be out before the end of 2012.
They also say that Nintendo is considering a lower price point than they’d traditionally be comfortable with. I can actually see that rumor coming true because of what happened with the launch of the 3DS. Nintendo doesn’t want to have two systems back to back hit with low sales because of a price that is perceived to be too high.
Expect a big wave of software for both the 3DS and the Wii U for the holiday season. Again, this is a very plausible rumor, if nothing else because it’s always a busy time for ever publisher. Perhaps the biggest news of all is that Nintendo is currently working on three new franchises for Wii U coming from various studios inside the developer.
Take all of this information with a grain of salt. It’s coming from an inside source and while many of the rumors sound plausible they also sound vague enough that they would be hard to prove one way or the other. We’re just three months away from E3 and I expect big things from Nintendo this year.
The following information, as well as the images above, come from the website 4chan so take all of this information with a grain of salt. I am only posting this because it’s slowly adding more fuel to a Zelda fire that I would like to see come true. According to the report there are two new Zelda games currently in the works for the Nintendo 3DS. They are called The Legend of Zelda: Fire Prophecy and The Legend of Zelda: Ice Prophecy respectively.
The titles sound too generic to be real, but this isn’t the first time that Nintendo has pulled a pokemon and released two Zelda games at the same time. The last time was when they were working with Capcom to release Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. It adds to the other list of potential evidence that we’ve reported on before. The first being that Mr. Miyamoto himself has said that they would potentially work with Retro Studios on a Zelda title. Then last week we have a new Retro hiring someone who used to work for Vigil Games (Darksiders) and an employee talking about working on an exciting new project that could be his “crowning achievement”. Now this.
So, what do you think? Does all this evidence point to a dual 3D outing for Link, or is it all just speculation that just happens to all come to light around the same time?
THQ has had a bit of a rocky situation over the last couple of years. While at one time they were known more for their licensed properties, they had recently been trying to find a footing with new IP like Red Faction, de Blob, Saint’s Row and Darksiders. Some of those titles have been hit and miss while others, like Saint’s Row, have been pretty popular.
It nows appears that THQ might be looking to get out of the publishing game and could be preparing to sell themselves off to another company. Reports indicate that the company has shelved any of the project that they had in the pipeline for 2014, including an upcoming Warhammer 40K MMO, and beyond. They still have some games lined up for 2012 and 2013, but nothing past that.
Some of their licenses will easily find new homes. Some, like an unannounced Disney project have been given back to their IP holder. The previously mentioned 40K MMO, titled Dark Millenium, is being shopped around for a new publisher. The future of Warhammer, and the WWE will continue, but what will happen to many of their other franchises has yet to be determined.
THQ is denying these rumors, only saying that they’re focusing on high quality software for 2012 and beyond.
Source: Games Industry.biz
One of the most interesting ways that I’ve seen the DS used is to hold it on its side like you’re holding a book. There were a few games that took advantage of that style of holding the system and there was even some software that gave you access to more than a hundred public domain works of literature.
We heard some rumors over the last couple of weeks that the Wii U will feature an App Store of some sort and will put some emphasis on non-gaming related services. There’s now a rumor coming out that the Wii U and the 3DS will be getting an eReader type service. You’ll be able to download books, magazines, newspapers and more. Nintendo is, of course, going to put a bit of a gaming related spin on the service as well as offer game manuals, strategy guides and possibly even Nintendo Power on the serice.
According to the rumors the service will be shared between the 3DS and the Wii U and both systems will have access to your library of content. With the tablet controller and the 3DS touch screen both systems have a very easy and intuitive way to access the content and shuffle through the pages.
Keep in mind all of this is rumor for now, but it’s a service I’d like to have and hints at a more unified service between Nintendo’s home console and their handheld.