Hackers have found out that the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL include a video decoder that supports H264, which is the same video format used to stream Wii U content to the GamePad. Based on this, some are speculating that Nintendo will eventually introduce a feature that will allow the new hand-held devices to stream Wii U games. New 3DS XL will launch in North America on February 13th.
WayForward designer and director James Montagna has revealed that he is developing a solo project for Wii U. Montagna says he plans to soon make a formal announcement regarding his upcoming Wii U project. In addition to his indie projects, Montagna worked with WayForward on over 15 titles, including A Boy and His Blob, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! and the recently-released Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Threshold from developer QuadraTron Games is being considered for Wii U. The game, which is raising funds via Kickstarter, is a puzzle-platformer where a gnomish wizard know as Hood needs to find a way through a series of mysterious doorways. Inspired by classics like Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country, Threshold hopes to create a world that gives the player the freedom to go their own way and get rewarded for taking risks. QuadraTron estimates its upcoming game will launch toward the end of the year.
Wales Interactive has released a new trailer for Soul Axiom, which gives a glimpse of Elysia – a sprawling server where your memories and dreams become reality. In Elysia, death has no dominion and life has no boundaries. When you begin the game you are free falling through a storm as lightning sporadically illuminates the sky, showing brief but vivid flashes of your memories. Soul Axiom is scheduled to launch on Wii U soon.
Carbon Fire Studio has announced that its very first project, Frenchy Bird, is coming to Wii U. The game will launch on January 29th through the Nintendo eShop for $1.99. Players take control of a Parisian pigeon as it flies through Paris streets while avoiding lamp posts. Features include Miiverse integration, online ranking, unlockable stamps and support for off-TV play via the Wii U GamePad.
Xenoblade Chronicles X producer Shingo Kawabata has announced that an “outstanding” Japanese voice cast has been hired for the forthcoming Wii U-exclusive role-playing title. So far, five of the voice-over artists for the game have been announced: Houko Kuwashima as Elma, Mariya Ise as Lynlee, Daisuke Sakaguchi as Tatsu, Nao Takamori as Irina, and Tessho Genda as Van Damme.
“I wasn’t really informed of this, but it seems we’re planning on updating the official site every week,” Kawabata said. “I wonder if we’ll be all right? Then again, Nomura and the web design staff are extremely motivated, so I’m sure they’ll work hard for your sake.
“As we present our characters, we’re also revealing the people that have lent us their voices. We’ve managed to acquire an outstanding cast, so you can look forward to hearing their work. As there was such a large amount of text, recording [the voices] took a lot of work, but the entire cast was exceptionally professional. The end result, of course, is perfection.”
Nintendo is offering a chance to win a New Nintendo 3DS XL and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. The prizes will be given to three fans who create their own mask inspired by the The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and post their creations to Twitter between the 23rd and 25th of January. The following hashtags must also be used when sharing photos via the social networking service during the 72-hour period: #NintendoContestEntry and #MyMajorasMask.