Creative director of Rare, Simon Woodrooffe, has stated that he wants Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One to stand the test of time the same way Nintendo’s Wii Sports and Mario Kart games have. Much like Wii Sports, Kinect Sports Rivals features sports-based mini games like soccer and bowling. The title, which was recently delayed from this holiday season to Spring 2014, is the follow-up to 2010’s Kinect Sports. Woodrooffe said he hopes gamers are still purchasing the game along with an Xbox One console for years to come. Here are the director’s full comments on the matter:
“We think–well, we hope–that this is the sort of game that’s still one of the first things that anyone who buys an Xbox One gets even two or three years from now…sort of like Wii Sports and Mario Kart for the Wii.”
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime gives reasons for as to how the new Wii U console differs from Kinect for Xbox 360. Fils-Aime claims that there are not a lot of games to play on Kinect. Fils-Aime says the controllers for the Wii U are a lot more precise than Kinect. He also says the new console offers a much richer multiplayer experience, compared to Microsoft’s Kinect.
Ubisoft has revealed all 20 playable characters in the upcoming fighting game for Wii U and Kinect for the Xbox 360. Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth features popular Marvel characters, from Black Widow, to Spider Man, to Wolverine, but some fan-favorites, including Deadpool, are not included.
- Black Widow
- Captain America
- Doctor Doom
- Dr. Strange
- Human Torch
- Iron Man
- Queen Veranke
- Scarlet Witch
- Spider Man
- Super Skrull
- The Hulk
Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth is being developed, and will be published, by Ubisoft. The computer-generated trailer – shown above – confirms more superheroes and villains who will join the game’s roster. Note that, toward the end of the trailer, the Wii U logo is displayed. The game is coming to Wii U and Kinect for the Xbox 360 this fall.
Microsoft is preparing to reveal a peripheral not unlike the Wii Vitality Sensor for Xbox 360. The device will be used to accompany the currently announced Kinect Play Fit service and is codenamed Joule. The Joule heart-rate monitor will let Kinect owners track their heart rate wirelessly. Microsoft is gearing up to show off the device during its E3 press conference on Monday June 4th.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has told Brazilian gaming site Jogos that even though Microsoft and Sony have both launched motion sensing peripherals which were influenced by the Wii, both companies have yet to produce a continuous stream of quality games and continue to offer consumers a ‘cool’ experience.
“After our competitors become aware of what Nintendo can do, as they will innovate and bring new experiences for consumers that can only be made possible with another system? You know, perhaps speaking from the perspective of our performance in the U.S., even after our competitors have launched their movement devices, once the initial excitement, where are the games, cool experiences? They have been slow in putting this into practice.”
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata believes that Microsoft’s Kinect which launched late last year has made little impact on Nintendo Wii sales worldwide. However Iwata did concede that many American gamers have multiple systems at home rather than just a Nintendo Wii.
- Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata