Harmonix Explains Why Rock Band 4 Is Skipping The Wii U

Rock Band 4 was officially announced today and it’s coming to both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Many fans were left wondering why it was skipping the Wii U as the franchise had plenty of fans on the Wii. Thankfully, Harmonix has explained on their official forums why it’s not coming to the console. Harmonix believe the biggest Rock Band audience is on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 so they’re only developing it for those platforms.

Q: Why not Wii / Wii U / PC?
A: Due to shifting production priorities and capabilities of the studio, we don’t currently have plans to release RB4 on the Wii / Wii U / PC simultaneously with Xbox One and PS4. While we genuinely appreciate the support of Wii Rock band users over the years, and the increased interest from PC gamers, the truth is that we had to prioritize opportunities on other platforms with historically larger RB audiences

Thanks, Simply G

Tantalus Is Also Porting A Wii U Game To Xbox One, PlayStation 4 And PC

We’ve just heard that Tantalus, the developer tasked with porting over Mass Effect 3 and Deus Ex, to the Wii U is bringing another AAA title to the Wii U, but we’ve also learned that they are porting across a Wii U title to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. It’s anyones guess as to what that title could be, but a safe bet would possibly be ZombiU. This is pure speculation and it could be another title entirely, though I’m not sure which one.

Thanks, Don Billbo

Dead Mage Reveals Shadow Blade: Reload For Wii U

Dead Mage has revealed that it’s bringing Shadow Blade: Reload to Wii U. The action-platforming side-scroller features a campaign where players will venture through seven chapters and follow a comic book-style story. It also contains a challenge mode that puts your ninja skills to the test. In addition, the game includes a level editor that lets users create their own levels and share them with their friends.

Nielsen Study Shows Wii U Owners Bought The Console For The Fun-Factor

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A recent survey conducted by Nielsen takes a look at the reasoning behind peoples buying habits for the current generation of consoles. Those studied say that they purchased the PlayStation 4 for the higher resolution of games, while those who purchased an Xbox One bought it because they love the Xbox brand. Interestingly those who purchased a Wii U did it purely because of the fun-factor of the console as well as the fact that it’s a more suitable console for younger gamers. You can check out the reasonings in the chart above.

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Analytics Firm Expects Wii U To Fall Short Of 20 Million Global Units By 2019

Market intelligence firm Strategy Analytics has put together its latest report detailing the sales of current generation consoles. Strategy Analytics expects Sony’s PlayStation 4 to be in the lead selling around 80 million units by 2019. The firm also expects Microsoft’s Xbox One to sell around 57 million units. The news isn’t so good for the Wii U which Strategy Analytic expects to reach around 20 million global units by 2019.

Nintendo’s Wii U will trail a long way behind its rivals – it is looking more and more like Nintendo struck lucky with the original Wii, after failing with the GameCube and now the Wii U. Nintendo must decide if it is going to let the console business remain a two-way battle when the next generation comes along – I suspect it won’t but it will be sorely hurt by its latest experience.

Game Studio 78’s First Game Is Coming To Wii U

Game Studio 78 (GS78) has revealed that its first game, Hush, is coming to Wii U. The game introduces players to a dark orphanage environment surrounded by fear, in which the main goal is to overcome those fears and use them to their advantage. It is also about courage and how quickly things change and get you afraid and incapable of moving in a freezing physical state. Hush is scheduled to launch this summer. It will be available via the Nintendo eShop.

New Rock Band Game Apparently In Development For Latest Consoles

Rock Band was pretty big back in the day and it sounds as though Harmonix is set to bring back the series for the current generation of consoles. The news comes direct from a source over at Bloomberg who has been assured that the game is in development. Consoles haven’t been mentioned, but it’s obviously going to come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and hopefully Wii U. No doubt platforms will be revealed in the coming months. Would you like to see a new entry in the Rock Band franchise?