In anticipation of the July 31 release of Columbia Pictures’ and Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D hybrid live-action/animated family comedy The Smurfs 2, today Ubisoft announced that the company will develop and publish a video game based on the film. Developed by Ubisoft and WayForward, the game will be released as an action-adventure platformer game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, as well as an interactive storytelling book and collection of mini-games on Nintendo DS. It will release on all consoles in July, 2013.
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.
While all Pokémon games are supposed to appeal to everyone, Nintendo’s Seth McMahill believes upcoming Nintendo DS titles Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 are made specifically for core fans of the series. For example, Misty, who is a Gym Leader in the original Pokémon games for Game Boy, is a part of the World Tournament in Pokémon Black 2 & White 2. The games will launch October 7th in North America, October 11th in Australia, and October 12th in Europe.
“If you look also at all the Pokémon that are included, like non-Unova Pokémon—Mareep’s in there, one of my favourites from Gold/Silver—they really kind of made this one the Pokémon player’s game. It’s really aimed at a player of the core series. A fan. Look at Join Avenue, an area where shops open up the more you communicate with other players. There’s the World Tournament, where you can fight old Gym Leaders. Misty’s in there. That takes me back to the Blueversion, before I even worked at Nintendo.”
“So, although this game appeals to anybody—obviously, I have to say that, as I work at Nintendo—as a Pokémon fan myself, when I first picked it up and started playing it, I was absolutely blown away. I was like, ‘This game is made for the fans.’ Anybody can play it, but a fan is going to love it, because they’ve opened up all those things.”
-Seth McMahill, Assistant Manager of Product Marketing at Nintendo
The Pokémon Company today made a Twitter account and Facebook page. Like its Facebook page and follow its Twitter account ”to get the latest Pokémon news straight from the source.” Upcoming Pokémon games for Nintendo DS, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, will launch October 7th in North America, October 11th in Australia, and October 12th in Europe.
Nintendo DS’ version of Ni No Kuni launched 2010 in Japan, but because it’s “too difficult” to package the physical magic book with the game and sell it outside Japan, it will not be released in the West. However, the PlayStation version of the game, titled Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which includes a digital magic book, will launch in both Europe and North America in January 2013.
For reference, out of a possible 40 points, Famitsu awarded the Nintendo DS version with 38 points and PlayStation 3′s with 36.
“It was too difficult to package it with the book and sell it overseas. That was the biggest reason why it wasn’t brought overseas.”
-Akihiro Hino, Level-5 president
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 director, composer Junichi Masuda doesn’t seem interested in an HD Pokémon Snap for Wii U, because most people own a camera that can take photos of whatever whenever they want. The thought of a core Pokémon game on Nintendo’s upcoming home console, however, intrigues Masuda. “It would be very cool if you could play Black 2 and White 2 on the Wii U,” he says.
Square Enix has filed for a new trademark called Circle of Mana. So far, there’s nothing known about this project, but let’s hope it’ll be like the fantastic Secret of Mana for SNES, which can be downloaded for 800 Wii Points via Wii’s Virtual Console. Because the last title in the series, Heroes of Mana, is for Nintendo DS, perhaps Circle of Mana will be for Nintendo 3DS.
A couple days ago, director Tatsuya Kando promised that Square Enix is working on new developments for The World Ends With You but didn’t specify what they are. Based on an image that was first seen toward the end of the credits of the iOS version of the game, a sequel to The World Ends With You is supposedly confirmed to be in development. Which platform(s) do you think the sequel will be for?
Director Tatsuya Kando apologizes to those who are waiting for new developments for The World Ends With You, and hopes they can wait because Square Enix is working on a variety of other things related to the game. In the meantime, Kando tells fans of the title to play The World Ends With You Solo Remix for iOS because, he claims, it won’t feel like a port of the original version for Nintendo DS.
“For those who were waiting for new developments for TWEWY, sorry to have kept you waiting. Solo Remix is a game with such a high level of completion that you won’t feel that it’s a port. If you play it and post Tweets to Twitter, the world will expand even further. We’re working on a variety of other things, but first please enjoy Solo Remix.”
D3Publisher revealed what will be included in the collector’s edition for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!, which will be released this fall for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. The collector’s edition will cost $39.99, which is $10 more than only buying the game itself. Here’s what’ll be included in the package:
- Custom design of the Enchiridion on a premium SteelBook case
- Limited edition replica stylus of Finn’s gold sword
- Exclusive bestiary guide book
- Poster map of the Land of Ooo