After months and months of piling evidence showing 505 Games side-scrolling sandbox Terraria coming to Wii U and 3DS we finally have confirmation. Today, in a blog post the developer officially confirmed the game’s existence and talked some of the details of what you can expect when the game comes to Nintendo platforms early next year.
The games will support multiplayer locally, much like the other console versions. On the Wii U you’ll be able to play with up to eight people. Four players can play together locally splitting the TV screen between them. Using the GamePad one player can have a screen all to themselves while the other three players share the TV screen. On the 3DS you can play up to four player ad hoc. There will be no download play. Each person will need their own copy of the game
There will be no voice chat on Wii U, but it will have Miiverse support.
The developers say that the dual screen functionality of those systems will allow the game to play closer to the PC version that other consoles allow. You will be able to use the touch screen for inventory management, housing management, map usage and anything else the developers feel they can fit on the bottom screen. They see a lot of potential with these versions of the game to make it the most unique Terraria experience to date.
One question that fans have is about the outfits that the Hero and Plumber characters in the game wear. The developers feel that those outfits, which in other versions of the game closely resemble Mario and Link could be changed if Nintendo feels that they’re infringing on their property, but 505 Games wants to work closely with Nintendo to ensure there is no problem with any of the content in the game.
Outside of that there’s not much else to share. We’ll have to wait until later for more details and an official release date. For now the release window is early 2016 for both systems. I am very excited for this release as I really enjoy Terraria and have thought the Wii U would make a perfect platform to release that game. We’ll keep you up to date on all the information about the game as we lead up to release next year.