News: Jonathon Ross Offers His Verdict on Wii U

One of the UK’s most popular TV presenters and Nintendo’s host for the Nintendo 3DS’s pre-launch event last year, Jonathan Ross has delivered his verdict on the Wii U after getting some hands-on time with the console at E3 earlier this week; most notably praising Nintendo for getting third parties on board, and calling the Wii U a “Wii on steroids.”

“Seeing as Nintendo are paying for my hotel they currently have the lion’s share. Which, conveniently, they have also earned, for at least showing us something if not exactly new, at least different, in their next generation home console, the Nintendo Wii U. It’s not new because they showed it last year as well… they promise that it will be out this year, before Christmas, and you will want one.

“It’s the Wii on steroids – faster processor, better resolution and with delusions of grandeur that has encouraged it to grow a screen on the primary controller that not only serves as a backup, so that you can keep playing if someone else comes in and wants to watch another three days of poor jubilee coverage from the BBC on the main screen, but also adds to the gameplay in some rather fun ways.”

As well as his wise remarks regarding the console, he’s also commented on one of the most-anticipated first-party titles for the system thus far – Pikmin 3:

“[Pikmin 3] looked absolutely gorgeous and introduced a new type of character – the rock Pikmin – and a more immersive, deep strategy gameplay that seems to benefit from the extra screen.”

From the various Wii U trailers that have shown up online, do you share a similar positive opinion as Jonathan Ross, or are you waiting to get your hands on the console before you pass judgement?

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News: Full Wii U Technical Specs and Features Revealed

Nintendo has revealed via its All-Access @ E3 2012 website the full technical specifications of the Wii U hardware and the features to be included when the system launches during this year’s Christmas period.

Technical Specifications

Size

Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long.

Weight

Approximately 3.41 pounds (1.5kg).

Appearance

The new console features a compact design that will make it a natural addition to any home entertainment setup.

Wii U GamePad

The Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ration LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. Inputs include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button. The GamePad also include motion control (powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor), a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).

Other Controllers

The Wii U console is capable of supporting two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.

CPU

IBM Power-based multi-core processor.

GPU

AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU.

Storage

Wii U uses an internal flash memory. It also supports SD memory cards and external USB storage.

Media

Wii U and Wii optical discs.

Networking

Wii U can access the Internet via wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) connection. The console features four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the the front and two in the rear – that support Wii LAN Adapters.

Audio Output

Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector.

Video Output

Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.

Wii U Features

In addition to introducing new ways to play, Wii U also offers users a variety of non-gaming features to enhance the overall experience.

Miiverse

Miiverse is a brand-new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalised Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favourite games they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community.

TV Remote

The Wii U GamePad controller may also function as an infrared TV remote, whether users are watching TV or playing a game.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Wii U GamePad has the ability to communicate wirelessly with objects that are held above it. This allows for a variety of interesting new possibilities for games and activities.

Nintendo eShop

The digital storefront for Wii U will be available at launch and offer a variety of content for people to download and enjoy. Consumers will also be able to purchase and download select games that are also available at retail stores.

Video Entertainment

Nintendo is working with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take advantage of the integrated second-screen experience. Additional details will be released at a latter time.

Video Chat

Using the built-in camera of the Wii U GamePad, people can communicate with other Wii U owners in real time.

Internet Browser

Wii U comes with a browser that lets people with a wireless Internet connection surf the Internet from the comfort of their couches.

Impressive stuff! We look forward to seeing how this plethora of features is implemented into the games, and how developers make use of the revolutionary hardware. Which of the above are you most surprised or overjoyed to hear about?

News: Full List of Confirmed Nintendo 3DS Games Revealed

If you thought the Wii U’s got a lot of games on the way before Christmas, just wait until you see the 3DS’s line-up… unless you’ve already scrolled down and skimmed through the list already, in which case we’re sure you’ll agree that the 3D handheld has a lot going for it heading into the Christmas period.

Retail

Activision Publishing

The Amazing Spider-Man June 26
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park October
Transformers Prime October
Skylanders Giants Fall

Atlus

Code of Princess Fall

D3Publisher

Madagascar 3: The Video Game June 5th
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game November 20th
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! Fall
Ben 10: Omniverse Fall

Disney Interactive Studios

Disney Pixar Finding Nemo September
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure September
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Fall

GameMill Entertainment

Hotel Transylvania September 18th

Konami Digital Entertainment

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Fall

Majesco Entertainment

Hello Kitty Picnic October

Maximum Games

Myst July
50 Classic Games October
Junior Classic Games October
Jett Tailfin November

Natsume Inc.

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Q4

Nintendo

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Holiday
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Holiday
New Super Mario Bros. 2 August 19th
LEGO City: Undercover (working title) TBA

SEGA

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure July 10th
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Holiday

Square Enix

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy July 3rd
Heroes of Ruin July 17th
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] July 31

Storm City Entertainment

Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride August
Old Skool Classics September
Word Wizard 3D September

Telegames, Inc.

Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition November

Ubisoft

Imagine Babyz October 23rd
Imagine Fashion Life October 23rd
Petz Countryside November 6th
Rayman Origins Q3
Rabbids Rumble Holiday

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes June 19th
LEGO Lord of the Rings Fall
Spy Hunter Fall
Scribblenauts Unlimited Holiday

eShop

Big John Games

Coaster Creator Fall

Gamelion Studios

SpeedX 3D Fall

Ignition Entertainment

Order Up!! June
Planet Crashers June

Nicalis

Cave Story+ Summer
NightSky Summer
Alban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes Fall

Nintendo

Pokédex 3D Pro Fall
Pokémon Dream Radar Fall

Renegade Kid LLC

Bomb Monkey Summer

Ubisoft

Prince of Persia Q2

XSEED Games

Unchained Blades Summer

Nintendo DS

Nintendo

Pokémon Conquest June 18th
Pokémon Black Version 2 Fall
Pokémon White Version 2 Fall

It’s worth bearing in mind that this is the American line-up, so don’t be confused when some titles release a little earlier or later than is slated in this list over here in Europe. It’s also worth noting that Pokémon Conquest still hasn’t been confirmed for a European release, Rhythm Thief released over here a few months back, and Heroes of Ruin has been delayed in America.

All in all, though, not a bad line-up for the 3DS this year, with the exception of Ubisoft’s Petz and Imagine games after its phenomal support for the Wii U thus far.

News: Full List of Confirmed Wii U Games Revealed

Following Reggie’s claims of a “massive line-up” of both first and third-party games, Nintendo’s released a comprehensive list of games which are set to release on Nintendo’s forthcoming HD console – both retail and download – most of which should be with us before Christmas.

Retail

Launch Window

Game & Wario (working title) Nintendo
Pikmin 3 Nintendo
Project P-100 (working title) Nintendo
Wii Fit U Nintendo

Holiday

NBA 2K13 2K Sports
Ben 10: Omniverse D3Publisher
Family Party: 30 Great Games (working title) D3Publisher
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Games D3Publisher
Mass Effect 3 Electronic Arts
Jett Tailfin Maximum Games
TANK! TANK! TANK! Namco Bandai Games
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (working title) Namco Bandai Games
LEGO City: Undercover Nintendo
New Super Mario Bros. U Nintendo
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge Nintendo
Nintendo Land Nintendo
SiNG (working title) Nintendo
Wii U Panorama View(working title) Nintendo
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed SEGA
Darksiders II THQ
Assassin’s Creed III Ubisoft
Just Dance 4 Ubisoft
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Ubisoft
Rabbids Land Ubisoft
Sports Connection Ubisoft
Your Shape: FitnessEvolved 2013 Ubisoft 
ZombiU Ubisoft
Scribblenauts Unlimited Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

TBA

Aliens: Colonial Marines SEGA
Rayman Legends Ubisoft

eShop

Holiday

Chasing Aurora Broken Rules
Trine 2: Director’s Cut Frozenbyte
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Gaijin Games
Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes Nicalis
Cloudberry Kingdom Pwnee Studios

A wide variety of games coming to Wii U before next year, then – from SiNG to ZombiU, and from Runner2, to Mass Effect 3, it looks like we’ll have plenty of Wii U games on our Christmas wishlist this year!

News: E3 2012, Nintendo – Round-Up, Including Mass Effect 3, Mario 3DS Release Dates and More!

Before we begin rambling with excitement at Nintendo’s E3 reveals for this year, here’s our summary of the conference – we’ll let the games do that talking.

  • It’s 5pm! Here we go!
  • Pre-recorded footage of Pikmin in Miyamoto’s office!
  • Enter Miyamoto!
  • Miyamoto intends to talk about Pikmin… after whistling for his translator!
  • Nintendo want the Wii U Game Pad’s screen to be the first screen gamers go to when they turn on their system.
  • Pikmin 3 re-confirmed for Wii U!
  • Pikmin can now build bridges. New Pikmin – Rock Pikmin – are able to break tough objects. Makes use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
  • Wii U GamePad shows Pikmin 3’s map while you play using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk – provides much deeper strategy.
  • You can also use just the Wii U Game Pad, which makes the game much more tactical, as you control up to four leaders.
  • Olimar is NOT a leader – the reason why, however, is a secret.
  • Pikmin 3 developed with the intention to let gamers who prefer “lighter” games re-discover their appreciation for deep games.
  •  And here comes Reggie, who feels “just like a purple Pikmin.”
  • Reggie: “It’s all about the games.”
  • Twenty-three Wii U and 3DS games to be shown in the next 90 minutes.
  • Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Video and YouTube confirmed for Wii U – it’s how you enjoy these videos that makes viewing them on the Wii U unique.
  • Wii U compatible with two GamePads! Despite showing off the GamePad on Sunday, here’s a concept video…
  • Stereo speakers, headphone jack and volume switch on the Wii U Game Pad.
  • ZL/ZR seem to be pressure sensitive triggers!
  • The Miiverse trailer from Sunday’s Nintendo Direct is being shown and explained by Reggie.
  • Friends and Wii U users congregate and interact around games to your interest and trending games on the Wii U network.
  • “You’ve got to have a Mario game!” New Super Mario Bros. U confirmed! Makes full use of the Miiverse.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U trailer shows off new squirrel suit, Yoshies with wacky power-ups and a catchy main theme tune!
  • Four-player co-op with a fifth player able to place blocks using the Game Pad’s touchscreen to help with speed-runs.
  • Warner Bros.’ Martin Tremblay joins Reggie on-stage to discuss Arkham City’s exclusive Wii U features.
  • Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition announced for Wii U.
  • Awesome new features designed specifically for the Wii U; Armoured Batman exclusively playable.
  • Reid Schneider is here to give us a glimpse of the game – reveals that Batman’s armoured suit powers him up. Touchscreen and gyro controls all utilised.
  • Batman’s entire inventory is available constantly at your fingertips thanks to the Game Pad’s touchscreen.
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited coming to Wii U; has “unlimited possibilities.” Trailer shows off DS games’ charming graphics in gorgeous HD.
  • Merge items together and share created items with friends!
  • Includes a brand-new multiplayer mode, and on its way to both Wii U and 3DS!
  • A third-party software montage shows off Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (with Mario References!), Trine 2, Ninja Gaiden 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines!
  • Music and fitness genres will be made better by Wii U…
  • Reggie’s body was ready five years ago – Wii Fit “one small step for him, one huge step for gaming.”
  • Wii Fit U to include new peripheral; makes you happier and sweatier.
  • Not the Vitality Sensor?
  • No! Includes a pedometer which can connect to the Game Pad, and a new, refined Balance Board.
  • Sing (working title) from FreeStyle Games. Game Pad shows lyrics.
  • Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Nintendo America is here to discuss the 3DS.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 “clearly different to New Super Mario Bros. U.” New power-up turns blocks into coins, while the Tanooki Suit returns! Releasing in the US on 13th October
  • Paper Mario 3DS’s subtitle announced! Paper Mario: Sticker Star coming digitally and physically this holiday season!
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 now being shown – Luigi travels through a variety of mansions with mission-based objectives.
  • New kinds of ghosts require different capture strategies!
  • Again, arriving this holiday season.
  • Third-party 3DS montage now showing of Castlevania: Lord of Shadows – Mirror of Fate, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Kingdom Hearts 3D.
  • LEGO City Stories uses Wii U Game Pad as a multi-purpose crime-fighting tool.
  • Use the Game Pad to scan for hidden criminals; use disguises to go undercover.
  • Another Mario reference – LEGO character goes down green LEGO pipe.
  • LEGO City Undercover to release on 3DS!
  • CEO of Ubisoft to now declare his company’s support for Wii U.
  • Reggie is now testing out Just Dance 4 for Wii U as dancers from Ubisoft’s conference return.
  • Four players dance with Remotes and Nunchuks while the “puppet master” uses the Game Pad.
  • The Game Pad is your all-in-one survival kit in ZombiU. Access your inventory, a scanner and a door hacker from the touchscreen.
  • Wii U GamePad camera is now “zombiefying” Reggie, thanks to ZombiU!
  • Ubi’s Wii U line-up: Rabidds Land, Your Shape, Rayman Legends, Sports Connection, Marvel Avengers, Assassin’s Creed 3 and ZombiU.
  • Nintendo Land – the Wii U’s Wii Sports – shows off the Game Pad’s features with mini-games based on a variety of Nintendo franchises.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Lugi’s Ghost Mansion showcase the new multiplayer gameplay the Wii U is capable of thanks to the combination Wii Remote and Game Pad.
  • Nintendo Land takes players’ Miis from the Miiverse – looks to become an open world hub for Miis.
  • Luigi’s Ghost Mansion in Nintendo Land makes use of the Game Pad and the TV’s two different perspectives.
  • Nintendo Land to launch alongside Wii U before Christmas. Pack-in game?
  • “The small touchscreen in your hands is the portal into the Wii universe.”
  • And we’re now finishing with one last look at Nintendo Land – nothing spectacular.

So we’ve had some solid announcements from third-parties (Mass Effect 3Arkham City and LEGO City to name a few), but there’s so many Nintendo IPs that remain untouched. Where’s our new Star Fox, Metroid, or even Zelda!? Still, news of a new Pikmin and 2D Mario game can only be good news, right? Let us know what you thought of Nintendo’s conference below!

News: E3 2012, Ubisoft – Round-Up, Including Rayman Legends, ZombiU and Assassin’s Creed III!

After no Wii U news whatsoever from EA, Ubisoft has revealed six games for Nintendo’s upcoming HD console during its 2012 E3 presentation. Here’s our round-up of the the conference that got us banned from Twitter!

  • We had Usher singing during Microsoft’s conference, now we have dancers and a rapper. Just Dance?
  • The rapper’s Flo Rida, apparently.
  • Yes, Just Dance 4 has been revealed, coming 9th October.
  • “Life is the fuel that powers the game.”
  • Far Cry’s producer is now on-stage to present a trailer.
  • Far Cry 3 is looking rather beautiful. Nice to see some green jungles in a first-person game rather than the grey/browns we’ve been witnessing all day.
  • Far Cry 3 trailer has gone from an open, jungle-based shooter to a strange, psychedelic first-person… thing.
  • Far Cry 3 – coming soon. No consoles mentioned, although Ubisoft has “plenty of surprises for you.”
  • Ubisoft answers Facebook users’ questions. Single player will include various islands for the player to discover.
  • Ubisoft now talking about Splinter Cell: Blacklist following its reveal during Microsoft’s conference.
  • A second Splinter Cell trailer! Fingers crossed for a Wii U logo at the end…
  • Splinter Cell goes Metal Gear Solid with stealth-action (mainly action) and new gadgets.
  • No Wii U version of Splinter Cell (confirmed) either.
  • Here’s Marvel Avengers, though, and this is making its way to DS, 3DS, Wii and Wii U!
  • Spiderman, Hulk and more shown off in Avengers trailer, with a Wii U logo!
  • Ubisoft discussing the Wii U! We knew it!
  • Ubisoft showing of Rayman Legends for the Wii U with the game’s senior producer.
  • Brand-new Wii U trailer for Rayman Legends (using early Wii U development kits).
  • Rayman and Murphy, the new character, work together using the Wii U Game Pad’s combination of sticks, buttons, and touchscreen.
  • The final version of the game will have up to five simultaneous players!
  • Compatible with Wii U Game Pad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remotes/Nunchuks.
  • Four players can play the standard platformer on the TV, while the user with the Game Pad can use the touchscreen in time with the rhyth,!
  • New M-rated Wii U exclusive “puts you right in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.” Gory shots here.
  • Wow, carnage in London in the trailer for ZombiU, which was originally Killer Freaks from Outer Space.
  • Concept trailer for a variety of Wii U games, now: Rabidds Land, Sports Connect, Just Dance 4, Rayman Legends, ZombiU, Assassin’s Creed III and an unnamed kart racing game.
  • A new Assassin’s Creed III trailer shows off the protagonist riding a horse towards the red-coats, a HD eagle soaring through some trees, and deer-hunting/wolf-slaying gameplay.
  • Player creates havoc by causing a huge explosion, then sneaks up on his unsuspecting enemies.
  • “Will there be a lot of focus on the British being the enemy?” Another trailer is shown which shows off the 30-year timespan in the game; variety in enemies and locales.
  • From the developers of Trackmania, Ubisoft reveal Shootmania – a first-person online shooter.
  • Six players are on the stage playing Shootmania’s Elite Mode – a 3v3 multiplayer game “with a twist.”
  • Shootmania does look to be a PC-only game.
  • There’s now a trailer revealing some of the company’s online/downloadable games.
  • At this point we temporarily lost connection to the stream. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
  • Brand-new Ubisoft IP revealed; sees a suspicious-looking man strutting through a bustling street.
  • It’s almost certainly set in the future. Character offers player a drink in a club… wearing a cube with QR codes on his head.
  • Looks to be a Hitman-esque stealthy game which focuses on disguises?
  • And the first combat is shown – very secretively, where nobody’s watching. Player quickly hides weapon and takes to the streets once more.
  • Map on the screen could imply that it’s an open world game, much like Grand Theft Auto. Player seemingly has control over aspects of the environment, such as traffic lights.
  • Definitely looking to be one of the more promising games of E3 so far! Wii U release, Ubisoft?
  • …and Watch Dogs is its name!

And that would be the end of the first day of E3! What do you make of the announcements so far? Are you liking Ubisoft’s Wii U support?

News: E3 2012, EA – Round-Up

There was a distinct lack of Nintendo-related news from EA’s E3 conference, but they showed off some impressive new titles that could make good use of the Wii U’s Game Pad regardless.

Here’s our round-up:

  • Here we go, EA’s E3 conference is starting right now!
  • Wii U logo shown!
  • Dead Space trailer currently being shown.
  • No console logos shown yet.
  • Two developers are currently playing through through Chapter 2 of Dead Space 3’s co-op.
  • Some HUGE monsters on show here.
  • So far, so much better than Microsoft’s conference.
  • Dead Space 3 is set to arrive in February 2013. Plenty of time to develop of a Wii U version.
  • No Wii U box art shown.
  • After Microsoft’s apparent obsession with American sports, EA seem to be following in their footsteps with an NFL 13 trailer.
  • Madden NFL gameplay powered by all new Infinity engine.
  • Interactions between players are more organic.
  • Players’ physical attributes play a huge role. No more pre-determined outcomes.
  • Features an all-new Connected Careers mode.
  • Creates one new universe – social integration. This could work well on the Wii U, EA.
  • Set to include RPG system in which  you take upon the role of a single player and work to make it to the Hall of Fame.
  • Again, no console logos, but Madden NFL was confirmed for Wii U at last year’s E3.
  • SimCity Social is on its way to Facebook. What if it came to Wii U and made use of its social features?
  • Brand-new SimCity games to release on PC… again, no Wii U version  mentioned.
  • Two EA fellows talking about Battlefield 3 at the moment. Wonder if they’ll mention a Wii U version.
  • No Wii U or Nintendo Network logos for Battlefield 3 Premium – just Xbox Live, Origin and PlayStation Network.
  • New updates for Star Wars MMO from BioWare. A Wii U version on the way, like rumours suggest?
  • No Wii U version of Star Wars: The Old Republic mentioned…
  • Medal of Honor Warfighter live demo currently being shown. Is it even worth asking whether we’ll hear of a Wii U version?
  • So, what’s the difference in Battlefield and Medal of Honor? Both look identical to us…
  • FIFA is definitely coming to Wii U – let’s see if they mention it here.
  • FIFA 12 players’ data transfers across to FIFA 13. A feature that definitely won’t be in the Wii U version.
  • EA now showing the first gameplay trailer for FIFA 13.
  • A UFC game from EA Sports unveiled. Surely the perfect match for the Wii U…?
  • EA has signed a multi-year, multi-product deal with UFC.
  • Yes, EA has actually taken over the rights to UFC after THQ’s previous games.
  • A new Need for Speed: Most Wanted games has been revealed! Hopefully this is coming to the Wii U – the original was a cracker!
  • And once again, PC, 360 and PS3 boxart shown, with no Wii U logo to be seen.
  • This FPS looks a lot more interesting than the previous two.
  • If Battlefield and Medal of Honour aren’t coming to the Wii U, we’re unlikely to see Crysis 3 gracing the system, but we can hope.
  • And that’s it! No Wii U news whatsoever!

Disappointing for those of us looking to hear about some upcoming Wii U games; let’s hope Ubisoft offer some information regarding Assassin’s Creed III.

News: Nintendo Direct 03/06/12 – Round-Up, Including Lots of Wii U Info!

If you were surprised to hear that Nintendo were broadcasting a Nintendo Direct video just two days before its E3 presentation, just wait until you hear the news that came out of it! From a black Wii U console, to the Wii U Pro controller, we have the summary of our live-tweets directly from the presentation below:

  • Is your body ready!?
  • Hi Iwata!
  • “Creating something unique” – words that have guided Nintendo since the early days of the company.
  • This Nintendo Direct presentation is “something unique.”
  • Discussions regarding Wii U began in 2008.
  • Wii U controller’s name is the Wii U Game Pad.
  • Does it have analogue sticks or Circle Pads?
  • Proper analogue sticks for the Wii U Game Pad!
  • For the first time on a Nintendo controller, clickable analogue sticks!
  • The rumours were right! The square below the D-pad is an NFC Reader / Writer.
  • The other button, next to the power button is the TV Power Button, meaning you can turn the Game Pad on without the console.
  • The Wii U Game Pad is capable of becoming an infrared TV remote.
  • The Wii U Game Pad offers “Asymetrical diversity in gameplay.”
  • What this means in terms of gameplay is to be shown of at E3 next week.
  • Touch-screen controller can be used with a finger or a stylus to provide intuitive controls.
  • Wii U Game Pad to include Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor.
  • Higher-end hardware to be shown off with games at E3 next week.
  • More casual games to utilise the Wii U Game Pad’s ability to play games on the controller without the TV.
  • High-quality console graphics on both the TV and the Game Pad.
  • Supports all Wii peripherals – Wii Remote, Nunchuk and Balance Board.
  • Wii U Pro Controller revealed -obviously aimed at hardcore audiences!
  • Wii U is not an evolution of the Wii. Does what Nintendo did, only better. It also adds something completely new in connecting people.
  • A Wii U concept trailer being shown off. Shows black Game Pad.
  • You can send broadcasts to other gamers with similar games asking for help. Other gamers can check these from mobiles.
  • Is this a Nintendo social network!?
  • You can video-call what appear to be friends in your Wii U mid-game to ask them for help.
  • The cheesy character in the concept trailer defeats a monster with the help of an elderly fellow!
  • We do agree, Iwata; it was a little different.
  • The Wii U menu is now shown of. Reveals bunches of Miis crowding around certain game icons – “Mii Wara Wara.”
  • Your Mii amongst friends’ Miis, Miis on your Wii U, and Miis across the world with similar gaming interests gather around certain games that they are playing.
  • Miiverse – a world Nintendo has invented. Miis from around the world meet and connect.
  • The Miiverse is shown when you first turn on your Wii U system, and can be displayed mid-game.
  • Wii U makes a brand new gaming network.
  • Touch-screen makes typing and reading messages much easier/
  • Iwata finds it difficult to read the TV guide from across the room.
  • Handwritten messages can be sent much like in Flipnote Studio and Nintendo Letter Box.
  • You can add images, facial expressions and more to show emotions.
  • YES! You can post screenshots or send user-created content which can be viewed and played by others.
  • Miiverse adds a new degree of empathy between players; does not require use of the TV.
  • The Wii U Game Pad is a ‘social window.’
  • Gamers can now enjoy a sense of connection even when not playing at the same time.
  • Players can compete online, but Miiverse also allows you to compete in single-player-only games.
  • Miiverse will eventually be available on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC and any Internet-enable phone.
  • Nintendo Network designed to connect Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and future Nintendo consoles.
  • An Internet browser that allows you to share what you are viewing on your Game Pad with others who are viewing the TV.
  • You can choose to close a curtain over the TV so you can hide what’s on your Game Pad – adds another level of entertainment.
  • Miiverse was created with the same thing in mind.
  • “A great idea solves multiple problems at the same time.” – Miyamoto. Wii U designed to address this.
  • Wii U can help solve the issue of ‘alone together’ – “more smiles, more laughs, and more empathy.”
  • Wii introduced a new form of ‘together’. “Together, better” is Wii U’s motto.
  • Even with nobody else in the room, you won’t feel alone.
  • Nintendo have plenty of news about Nintendo 3DS and Wii U at E3 next week and during other opportunities.
  • Satoru Iwata will be guest-tweeting over E3 at @NintendoAmerica.

And there we have it! Lots of Wii U goodness, right there. Are you lot pleased with the direction Nintendo are seemingly taking the Wii U?

Feature: Pre-E3 Wii U Rumour Round-Up

As per usual for this time of year, there’s been a lot of rumours floating around the Internet ahead of E3 which is set to take place from 5-7th June; so to save you the hassle of scouring the ‘net for every tidbit of leaked information, we’ve gathered it all up and placed it right here for your convenience.

Wii U Rumour Round-Up

Release date, price – As you can read in our own article, an ‘insider’ who claims to work for Ubisoft has revealed the release date and price of the Wii U, as well as some new information regarding its system, operating system, controller and more.

“According to an insider who claims to work for Ubisoft, the Wii U is launching in America on 23 November with a price tag allegedly sitting somewhere between the $350-$450 mark. However, as Nintendo shan’t be confirming these details to the public until after E3 in two weeks’ time, it’s unlikely that this information would have been passed to third-party publishers.” – Nintendo Invader

Achievement system – After speaking with an anonymous developer, Techtroid has reported that Nintendo are indeed going to implement an achievement system with the Wii U, although it will apparently be different to what we’ve seen on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

“The developer stated that the ‘achievements system’ has its own “Nintendo-spin” that makes it quite unlike the Trophies and Gamerscores we all know so well. They added that it will be a system that tracks gamer-time, scores and more.” – Techtroid

Cloud saves – According to Wii U Daily, the Nintendo Network is set to receive 512Mb of free online storage for Wii U save files thanks to Mozy, a cloud and backup storage specialist.

“A source from Mozy tells Wii U Daily that the company was approached by Nintendo in 2010, but that work on the service began in late 2011. The Wii U cloud will be integrated into the Wii U channels and tied to the specific Wii U user account.” – Wii U Daily

Star Fox – Another rumour from Techtroid says that a brand-new Star Fox game is in development for the Wii U by Retro Studios, and set to be revealed at E3.

“An inside source […] has suggested that we may be seeing a Star Fox reveal at E3 this year, along with the already announced Pikmin and Mario games.

“The new title is believed to be developed by Retro Studios, who we know for a fact are working on a Wii U game.

“Retro has previously said: “It’s a project everyone wants us to do.”

“The source added that the game will be shown off, but will not be a launch game for the Wii U system.” – Techtroid

Metroid – An extremely far-fetched rumour, this: a brand-new Metroid game is in development for Wii U – so far, so believable. What would make for an astounding E3 reveal, however, is that the title is being co-developed between Retro Studios and… (wait for it) Epic Games, with the game running on the Unreal Engine 3.

“The first and most interesting rumor is that a Metroid which is currently in development for Wii and U in the hands of Epic Games. The studio famous for its Gears of War but especially its Unreal Engine 3, is the cause of the tech demo… This impressive tech demo was developed in cooperation with Retro Studios with an improved version of Unreal Engine 3.” – Nintendo Town (via Google Translate)

Final Fantasy XV – What was the PlayStation 3-exclusive Final Fantasy Versus XIII is allegedly now Final  Fantasy XV, and also heading to the Wii U. That’s according to Cinemablend who uncovered the following footage:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Nintendo Power have already confirmed that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is coming to the 3DS, but rumour has it that a direct sequel to 2010’s Lords of Shadow is heading to home consoles, including Wii U.

“Apparently a Wii U version [of Mirror of Fate], which interacted with the 3DS version, was in the works before Konami ditched it in favour of a Wii U version of Lords of Shadow 2.

“Wii U owners will have to settle for a “safer” port of Lords of Shadow 2, which could retain some of the planned connectivity with Mirror of Fate. Both games are being made by Spanish developer MercurySteam and will be unveiled at E3 next month.” – Eurogamer

MMO from LucasArts – A floor plan for this year’s E3 has seemingly revealed that LucasArts are bringing a MMO game to the Wii U. Developers in the past have claimed that the Wii U will be a great platform for MMOs, and more recently, LucasArts have confirmed that they have an unannounced title set to be revealed at E3.

“Most interesting regarding LucasArts is that it’s listed under “MMO – Nintendo Wii U.” – NeoGAF

“Wouldn’t it be great if LucasArts finally revealed Battlefront 3? Now I’m not saying that will, but when you get an invitation to come see an “unannounced game in development,” you can’t help but be optimistic.” – EGMNow

As you can see, there seems to be a lot of buzz surrounding the Wii U online at the moment. Are you as hyped for the console’s full E3 reveal as many others are? Which of the above rumours do you think have the most substance behind them, or which would you like to be true? Do you think we’ll hear any of these rumours confirmed during the Nintendo Direct presentation tonight?