Despite not attending last year, Nintendo has confirmed that it will be exhibiting at this years Gamescom event which takes place Cologne, Germany. The event will run from August 21st to August 25th and will see exhibitors from twenty-two countries. Nintendo chose not to attend last year as it was focussing its marketing resources to other campaigns. Here’s what Tim Endres, Gamescom project manager at organiser Koelnmesse had to say about Nintendo’s involvement this year.
“Nintendo’s return is an absolute highlight for our community, exhibitors and trade visitors from around the world.”
Games Radar recently for the opportunity to play Wii U at this years Gamescom and they didn’t come away impressed with the machine. The publication says that controller input lag was a problem, demo units were crashing, and Assassin’s Creed 3 looked unimpressive compared to the PlayStation 3 version. You can read their impressions here.
Having played it at Gamescom, I’m not convinced it’s all coming together as coherently and convincingly as you would hope for a console so close to being released into the wider world.
In terms of how the Wii U is being presented to the press so close to launch, the overall impression I took from the show is that the machine isn’t quite there yet. And at this late stage that’s a bit worrying.
Developer Frozenbyte announced that the Wii U version of Trine 2: Director’s Cut will include the first set of downloadable content, which is titled Goblin Menace. The DLC features six brand-new levels, improved visuals, and “new revolutionary skills” for heroes of the game. You can get the first glimpse of the new content from the gorgeous trailer above. Trine 2: Director’s Cut will launch on the Wii U eShop this year.
Ubisoft has released a new video for Rayman Legends at this weeks Gamescom event. The trailer shows how you can take full advantage of the Wii U and its new controller’s capabilities. Use the touch screen to take out enemies, manipulate platforms, cut ropes to clear a path and much more. With the gyroscope technology, you can move rotating platform and there are many more surprises to come.
During Gamescom 2012, Sony demonstrated how the PlayStation Vita can mimic a Wii U GamePad’s capabilities. According to 1up editor Chris Pereira, Sony is aiming to shift the focus of Wii U potential buyers toward the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 cross-play feature. Sony is apparently trying to let consumers know that, when connected to a PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita can do the same thing and “possibly even better” than Nintendo’s upcoming console.
“Particularly in today’s on-stage demonstration of the new LittleBigPlanet 2 DLC, which is coming later this year, Sony didn’t shy away from attempting taking the wind out of Nintendo’s sails. It’s looking for any reason to help sell Vitas, and this functionality certainly doesn’t make it any less attractive to potential buyers, but more importantly this feature is something that makes what Nintendo has to offer seem less special. As Sony looks to sell its own hardware this holiday (and simultaneously hopes its own next-gen offering, not the Wii U, will eventually be the big seller), what better way is there to hurt interest in the competition’s offering than by showing how you can do the same thing, possibly even better?”
Bergsala PR manager Patrik Johansson explained why Nintendo will not be making an appearance during this week’s Gamescom in Germany. Johansson says that while Gamescom is a fantastic event, Nintendo is not attending because it’s planning several sampling events in which consumers will be able to participate and play upcoming games.
“Whilst Gamescom is a fantastic show. Nintendo has taken the decision not to attend this year’s event. Instead Nintendo is planning a number of sampling events later this year inline with the European Marketing-, PR- and Event-activities in which Nintendo´s fans will have the opportunity to play upcoming games. Further details will be announced soon.”
During Gamescom 2012, Ubisoft released another trailer for the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed III. The trailer doesn’t show any gameplay, but displays an intense battle scene that takes place on ships at sea. Assassin’s Creed III will be released on October 31st for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, and will be a Wii U launch title.
Warner Bros has announced that it plans to show off two new titles at this years Gamescom event, and that one of the unannounced games will be a “major” release. Warner Bros will be showing off a number of games at Gamescom including: Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition, Injustice: Gods Among Us, LEGO: Lord of the Rings, Lord of the Rings Online, and Guardians of Middle-Earth.
According to Official Nintendo Magazine editor Chandra Nair, there are loads of unannounced third-party content for Wii U. Nair says that his favorite part from last month’s E3 was finding out about all the third-party Wii U games that weren’t revealed to the public. Nair thinks that we will hear plenty of third-party announcements for Wii U at Gamescom or TGS.
“It’s actually a moment I cant talk about, because my favourite bit of E3 was finding out about all the cool third party stuff that’s coming for the Wii U, which they decided not to talk about, which was awesome. So I just want to say yeah, there’s loads of third party stuff coming which I reckon we might see at Gamescom, or we might see at TGS, but its coming. That was my favourite bit because everyone was saying ‘No one’s bringing out anything for Wii U,’ and I saw some cool things.”
Nintendo won’t be making an appearance at this years Gamescom event in Cologne, but third-party developers will be there showcasing their Wii U titles. The news that third-party Wii U games will be at Gamescom was revealed via the shows official Facebook page. The organisers neglected to say which Wii U games will be available for attendees to play.