A new commercial released by Nintendo of America for the upcoming Super Mario 3D World is titled “Be Together” and emphasizes playing together with family. It shows off the four player multiplayer aspect that game has been designed around further emphasizes that this holiday season, Nintendo is trying to appeal to casual gamers and families with releases such as Wii Fit U, Wii Party U, and Wii Sports Club. What do you think about Nintendo’s marketing strategy going into this upcoming holiday season for the Wii U? Should they be catering more towards the core gamer?
Indie developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games has announced on their Twitter page that their anticipated action platformer/puzzler Armillo will feature off-TV play on the Wii U gamepad. Not to be outdone with that announcement, they later answered a question about the possibility of multiplayer by confirming that the game will have a co-op mode. Due to their production schedule, however, the multiplayer mode may have to be added later by way of a software update.
Back in January, we reported that Armillo was originally slated for Xbox Live Arcade until Fuzzy Wuzzy bolstered their relationship with Nintendo, deciding to reverse course and release the game for Wii U instead. The news comes in stark contrast to Nicalis’s announcement that their latest fighting game will wind up on PS Vita instead of 3DS. Armillo is the latest of several titles confirmed for the Wii U eShop. Gamers can check out Fuzzy Wuzzy’s teaser site for Armillo here.
How To Survive, the deserted island zombie game shown at E3 by 505 Games, has finally been confirmed for Wii U after speculation over whether or not it would appear on the Nintendo console. The news is bittersweet, as 505 Games also confirmed that the online multiplayer mode found on all other versions of the game will be missing from Wii U.
The zombie-hacking adventure title is the latest game to fall victim to this trend, as it follows an announcement by Warner Bros. Games that online multiplayer will also be omitted from Batman: Arkham Origins for the Wii U. While an adult game like How To Survive is always a welcome entry for a Nintendo console, the absence of online MP is sure to once again leave Wii U owners feeling left in the cold by third party developers. The Wii U eShop will have How To Survive available for download this fall.
Earlier today we heard that the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins won’t include the online multiplayer component found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game. Understandably this came as a shock to Wii U owners who couldn’t understand why the multiplayer mode is absent from this specific version. Interestingly, a Warner Bros. spokesperson has explained that the reason why the Wii U version won’t feature online multiplayer is due to the fact that the team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest multiplayer audience.
“MP will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience.”
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US gaming publication Game Informer is reporting that the eagerly anticipated Batman: Arkham Origins for Wii U won’t feature three-team competitive play. The multiplayer mode for the game is being developed by Splash Damage. Splash Damage are the team behind Brink for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Batman: Arkham Origins is due for release on October 25th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has explained to investors that the company is busy working on system-wide asynchronous multiplayer for Miiverse. Basically this means that you will be able to send your play data to Miiverse for others to download and play against at a different time. There’s no information on when asynchronous multiplayer is going to be implemented, but it’s certainly an interesting development by Nintendo.
At E3 today, Nintendo announced that Bayonetta 2 will feature a stand-alone two-player mode. As of now, not much else is known regarding the game’s multiplayer mode. Earlier today, Nintendo released the Bayonetta 2 E3 trailer, which revealed Bayonetta’s new hairstyle and costume. Bayonetta 2 is being developed by Platinum Games, and it’s scheduled to launch exclusively for Wii U in 2014.
Ubisoft Montreal Senior Producer Dominic Guay has confirmed that Watch_Dogs can be played “completely offline.” The upcoming open world action-adventure video game will also feature a multiplayer mode that has an element of player invasion, though Ubisoft has yet to thoroughly explain its overall scope and course. Watch_Dogs will be released in November on multiple platforms, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Wii U.
Warner Bros. Montreal could be including a multiplayer mode in Batman: Arkham Origins, according to Kotaku sources. The publication says that in one multiplayer mode you will assume the role as a member of Joker or Bane’s gang and attempt to take down Batman and Robin. The villains which will feature in the multiplayer component include Killer Croc, Deadshot, Firefly, Black Mask, Deathstroke, and some kind of Electroman character. Warner Bros. Montreal has yet to confirm whether the game will include multiplayer.
Nintendo has announced that there’s a new update available for the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Once players perform the latest update, they’ll be able to play the entire game on the Wii U GamePad, via off-TV play. Furthermore, the update allows multiplayer between Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate players in Europe and North America.