With the arrival of 5th Cell’s Scribblenauts Unmasked to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this month, new details have emerged about the handy DC encyclopedia – the Batcomputer. If you’re a super hero fan you’ll love the breadth of DC knowledge the Batcomputer brings to the game. Helping to keep track of the 130 Green Lantern variations, as well as the 30 Batman character variations, and the other 2,000 or so characters, vehicles and items in the game, it’s definitely the handy “wikipedia” page you’ll be referencing, and joins the ‘create your own super hero‘ as another great addition to the title.
The Batcomputer can be accessed through an icon on the Wii U GamePad, where you can scroll to your heart’s content to find the correct variation of Superman and other DC heroes. There’s also an easy way to find out more information on the more obscure comic book references, so it’s certainly chock full of hidden messages for the DC fan. Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure will release September 24 on the Wii U and 3DS in North America.
The fifth game in 5th Cell’s Scribblenauts series, Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, is coming to Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Windows. The game, which features characters and settings from the DC Comics universe, will be released on September 24th, according to a source who is supposedly close to publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The source also noted that this date could change. Regardless of the game’s exact release date, it is scheduled to launch later this year.
The fifth game in the Scribblenauts series, titled Scribblenauts Unmasked – A DC Comics Adventure, is coming this fall to the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PC. The game stars the series’ main character, Maxwell, and features a slew of DC Comics characters. On the Wii U and PC versions of the game, players can create their own Super Hero or Super Villain using items from the DC Universe, and then share those creations with other players via the Internet. You can read more details of the game on GameStop’s website or below:
- Vast DC Comics Universe – Summon thousands of DC Comics characters and objects – all drawn in the unique Scribblenauts art style!
- Extensive Replayability – Dynamically created puzzles called Heroic Feats increase the game’s replayability by continuously generating original scenarios requiring different solutions with each visit.
- Super Hero Creator – On Wii U and PC, players can create their own Super Hero or Super Villain using any item from the DC Universe and then setting properties for how it behaves, changing its appearance and powers. Players can then share their creations with the community and download others.
- Deep DC Comics Object Database – Players wanting help can reference The Batcomputer, an in-game encyclopedia that lists the names and descriptions of objects from the DC Comics Universe.
- Sidekick Mode – Friends and family can drop in using a Wii Remote and take control of any object in game.
Yesterday, we reported that internet meme creators Torres and Schmidt were filing a lawsuit against Scribblenauts developers 5th Cell and publishers Warner Bros. over copyright infringement within the Scribblenauts series.
Now, Torres has issued a statement to Eurogamer claiming that the lawsuit had been misreported and is determined to set the record straight. He claims that he was unaware about the use of the meme in Scribblenauts until it appeared in the debut trailer for its latest instalment – Nyan Cat was copyrighted in 2011, while Scribblenauts Unlimited was released in 2012.
The statement reads:
“We reached out to the companies in hopes of working out an amicable resolution of the issue, yet were disrespected and snubbed each time as nothing more than nuisances for asking for fair compensation for our intellectual property. That’s not right. I have no issues with Nyan Cat being enjoyed by millions of fans as a meme , and I have never tried to prevent people from making creative uses of it that contribute artistically and are not for profit. But this is a commercial use, and these companies themselves are protectors of their own intellectual property. Many other companies have licensed Nyan Cat properly to use commercially.
“In Scribblenauts Unlimited, you have to actually type out the words ‘Nyan Cat’ and ‘Keyboard Cat’ to get our characters to appear in the game. In fact, the game forbids you from making any copyright references in their games with a pop-up error. Meanwhile, 5th Cell recently negotiated proper rights for several Nintendo characters for their games. Just because popularity with millions of fans has caused Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat to become famous by virtue of their viral or meme nature, doesn’t give these companies a right to take our work for free in order to make profits for themselves, especially considering too that they would be the first to file lawsuits against people who misappropriate their copyrights and trademarks. It just isnt fair.
“I’ve been working alongside with the creator of the music and the lady who uploaded it to YouTube since the start. There are many reputable companies that have respected our rights and negotiated fees to use our characters commercially. Warner Bros. and 5th Cell should have done the same.
“Since Warner Bros. and 5th Cell chose to act as if we had no rights in characters we created, filing a lawsuit was the only way we had to protect our intellectual property rights from being used for others’ commercial profit without our consent. Too often normal artists like us don’t have the means and resources to protect our rights against big media corporations who use our work for their own profit without permission. We are looking here just to be treated fairly and to be fairly compensated for our creative work.”
Copyright is always a pesky problem when it comes to designing characters in the video games industry. Most recently a female Yoshi look-a-like was spotted in an indie game released for the iOS, but fortunately Nintendo worked outside of the courtroom. Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell hasn’t been so lucky. The company is being sued, alongside publishers Warner Bros., over copyright infringement from the use of internet memes Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat within their Scribblenauts series.
Keyboard Cat creator Charles Schmidt, who found success on YouTube, and Christopher Orlando Torres who developed the Nyan Cat animated gif are both suing on copyright grounds, and allegedly claim that their creations were used without license or authority. 5th Cell and Warner Bros. featured the animated versions of the two aforementioned cats which were included as Easter eggs in the 2009 Scribblenauts release, Super Scribblenauts in 2010, Scribblenauts Remix, and the most recent title Scribblenauts Unlimited.
“For the past three years, WB, along with game developer 5th, have knowingly and intentionally infringed plaintiffs’ copyrights and trademarks by using ‘Nyan Cat’ and Fatso’s image in WB’s top selling ‘Scribblenauts’ games. Including, most recently, ‘Scribblenauts Unlimited’, which WB released in 2011.”
- Complaint from the legal paperwork of Schmidt and Torres V Warner Bros and 5th Cell Media
Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are yet to make an official statement.
From developer 5th Cell and publisher WB Games, Scribblenauts Collection is coming to the Nintendo DS. The collection costs $29.99 and includes two entire games from the Scribblenauts series – the original Scribblenauts and its refined sequel, Super Scribblenauts – in one package for Nintendo’s dual-screen handheld console. According to Amazon.com, the collection launches on February 26th in North America. Go here to pre-order Scribblenauts Collection from the online retailer. Below is a list of what is featured in the collection.
- Create Your Own Interactive Experience: Objects you write down in the game are only limited by your imagination.
- Unlimited Replay Value: Use less objects to increase your score, or experiment with different objects for endless replay value. Write anything, solve everything!
- Create and Share Levels Online: Share levels you create with the Level Editor via Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection.
- Explore Exciting Levels: Discover more than 340 in-depth levels that include task such as finding a cure for the plague, populating an office or identifying animals with shells.
- Creative Adjectives System: With Super Scribblenauts, create a shy green polar bear or an angry zombie pear with more than 10,000 adjectives that reflect real life behaviors, personalities and characteristics when applied to objects.
WB Games released Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Wii U launches November 18th in North America, but you can pick up the game – as well as other select Wii U launch titles – from a retailer prior to purchasing the new console this Sunday. If you want to interact with Nintendo characters and items from the get-go, purchase Wii U’s version of the game.
In Scribblenauts Unlimited, players can customize objects and characters to their hearts’ content. To showcase the power of imagination, which drives the upcoming game, 5th Cell developers created characters that resemble icons from Scooby-Doo, including Velma, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and the Great Dane dog himself.
You can also accessorize characters to make them look like your favorite superhero or villain, like Batman and the Joker, for example. Scribblenauts Unlimited releases this month for PC, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. In Wii U’s version, which launches alongside the new console on November 18th, you can interact with renowned Nintendo characters.
Because of the Wii U GamePad – a 6.2-inch touchscreen controller – Scribblenauts Unlimited is a “perfect fit” for Wii U, according to the upcoming action puzzle game’s lead designer, Jeremiah Slaczka of developer 5th Cell. Slaczka describes the new console as a Nintendo DS, but with a significant amount of power. Scribblenauts Unlimted is a Wii U launch title, which means it releases on November 18th.
How’s it been working on this title for the Wii U? Does it carry any extra pressure that this is a launch game?
With Wii U’s GamePad, Scribblenauts is a perfect fit for the console. It’s just like a DS, the system it was originally designed for, but with much more power. I wouldn’t say there is extra pressure because it’s a launch title.
I’m actually very happy it’s a launch title; it’s a first for our studio!
Scribblenauts Unlimited is the first game in the franchise to introduce multiplayer. Talk to me about how co-op will work and how players can share their creations.
The game allows other players to “possess” any object they see and then act as that object would to help the first player. It’s a pretty neat feature.
Nintendo characters, including ones from The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario franchises, appear in Wii U’s version of Scribblenauts Unlimited. The Nintendo 3DS version will not feature the iconic characters because of ‘timing,’ according to Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell. The developer says the Nintendo 3DS version is complete and is currently being manufactured, unlike the Wii U version, because Game Cards take longer to make than Wii U Optical Discs.
“The 3DS version was already finished and moving into manufacturing (cartridges take longer to produce) by the time the deal was signed with WB & Nintendo…only the Wii U and PC [versions] remained and obviously Nintendo would only want their IP on their platform.”