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.
In Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, players take on the role of a Pokémon Trainer who must explore new areas of the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. This marks the first time in the history of the core Pokémon video game series that storylines have continued from one game release to another. The characters and environments in Unova have undergone extraordinary changes, from the rise of new Gym Leaders to a new Unova Challenge area where players can level up their Pokémon more easily than ever before. A newly upgraded Pokédex also makes it simpler to find data and track Pokémon – including new forms of Legendary Pokémon.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 introduce a new Medal System that rewards players for reaching certain in-game milestones, such as taking a certain number of steps, hatching Egg and using C-Gear to connect with friends. There are more than 250 unique medals to collect, giving players more goals to achieve even after they have completed the game’s main storyline. Players who have completed the main game can also enjoy additional content through the Key System, which unlocks additional Unova Challenge areas for players to take on, and offers detailed customization options for advanced players. For example, players who have gained access to the Key System can adjust the difficulty of the Pokémon belonging to Trainers they encounter in the field, making them stronger or weaker.
As players work to uncover the mystery behind Black Kyurem and White Kyurem, they’ll encounter new areas. Join Avenue is a new location that works like a virtual shopping mall where players can browse and buy a wide selection of in-game items – from plants and berries to fossils that can be turned into living Pokémon. When players connect wirelessly with others, they’re rewarded with more shops on Join Avenue and more choices for enhancing their Pokémon’s abilities.
Other new features in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 include the new Pokémon World Tournament mode, which lets players battle Gym Leaders from regions in previous Pokémon video games. There’s also Pokéstar Studios, a movie “studio” near Virbank where players can use a variety of scripts to make their own customized Pokémon movies and release them to an audience. Players who experienced Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version can use the Memory Link feature to sync their save files from those games and view an expanded storyline showing events that took place in Unova during the past two years.
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
Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime admits Sony did a great job in terms of supporting its 12-year-old console, PlayStation 2, which launched in 2000. The PlayStation 2 is currently the best-selling video game system of all time, followed closely by the Nintendo DS, which released 2004. Like the PlayStation 2, Fils-Aime believes Wii will keep selling for quite some time.
Have you learned anything from watching Sony’s continued success selling the PlayStation 2?
“You know, PlayStation has done a phenomenal job driving sales on what is a [twelve] year-old machine. They’ve done a phenomenal job, and they have been able to address different marketing over time, to build an incredibly large install base. We believe that the Wii system, similarly, will keep selling for quite some time. They’re going to be different addressable markets, not only from a U.S. perspective but from a global perspective… [but we'll] hopefully continue to drive sales at a historic rate.”
Pokemon Producer Junichi Masuda has explained why the development team have opted to keep the series on the established Nintendo DS, rather than the newer Nintendo 3DS. Masuda says the reason is simple; it’s because of the humungous user base that the Nintendo DS has compared to the Nintendo 3DS.
So first, being a direct sequel to Pokémon Black version and Pokémon White version, we really wanted to make sure that players of the original game would be able to play the sequels. Maybe not all of them have a Nintendo 3DS, but they definitely had a Nintendo DS if they played the original games. Also, the Nintendo DS platform is really just owned by pretty much the most people around the world. So many kids and so many players from the around the world have the Nintendo DS platform, so it made sense that if we wanted to have the most people possible play the games to put it on the Nintendo DS. However, it wasn’t just about having Pokémon Black version and Pokémon White version players play the games. We wanted to make sure that it was enjoyable for new players, too. We also really wanted to focus on making sure the games could communicate with the original Pokémon Black and Pokémon White versions and it made the most sense to put the games on the Nintendo DS this time. However, we also wanted to have a nice surprise for the owners of the Nintendo 3DS so we developed the Pokémon Dream Radar application which is available on the Nintendo eShop. It’s kind of a supplementary game that features some action-packed gameplay where you can catch Pokémon using the gyro sensor and the AR function of the Nintendo 3DS. Since the Nintendo 3DS can play Nintendo DS games, if you have the Pokémon Black version 2 or Pokémon White version 2 in your Nintendo 3DS you can transfer the Pokémon you caught in Pokémon Dream Radar to your Nintendo DS game. We thought that was very interesting.
Nintendo of America has rather kindly uploaded a new commercial for Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 for the Nintendo DS. The video showcases additional areas to explore, and also introduces some new Gym Leaders. If you purchase Pokemon Black & White 2 early then you’re eligible to receive Genesect, the newly discovered Mythical Pokemon. Pokemon Black & White 2 is due for release October 7th in North America.
Consumers who purchase either Pokemon Black 2 or Pokemon White 2 early will have the opportunity to connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection before Nov. 12 to receive the Mythical Pokémon Genesect for the first time ever through a free, limited-time distribution.
Genesect, the newly discovered Mythical Pokemon, has been restored from a 300-million-year-old fossil. Modified by Team Plasma, this Pokemon has a signature move called Techno Blast. Genesect is the only known Pokemon with this move. Genesect is a Bug- and Steel-type Pokemon with the ability to adjust its power levels based on the foe it’s battling.
“Not only can players dive into a brand new adventure on Oct. 7 with Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, they also can receive an incredible new Pokémon right off the bat. This limited-time distribution will get players off to a great start with what is sure to be one of 2012′s biggest games.”
- Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.
The immensely popular Nintendo DS series Phoenix Wright will be joining The World Ends With You on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. The Nintendo DS games will feature updated visuals, touch screen controls and Everyone Object mode. The Phoenix Wright Trilogy will be released on iOS this Autumn in the west. You can either buy the games as a package, or purchase them individually. The first two chapters of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be available as a free demo.
A new discovery has been uncovered in Pokemon Black & White 2 despite the fact that the game has been out in Japan for some time now. One of the most recent discoveries is how the game’s breeding system has been changed from previous Pokemon games. Here’s what has been ascertained by Siliconera:
- Each Pokémon has a single pre-designated ability
- There’s no way of changing what this is
- Some Pokémon are capable of having one of two pre-designated abilities
- The ability is chosen at random when you encounter the Pokémon in the wild
- During breeding, the baby Pokémon’s ability is now dependent on its mother
- If the mother is a dual-ability type, the baby has an 80% chance of inheriting that ability
- This gives the baby a 20% chance of inheriting the other ability that the mother doesn’t have
- You can now 100% guarantee that your Pokémon will inherit a nature from one of its parents
- To do this, give one of the parents an Everstone to hold
Nintendo UK has uploaded some footage of Pokémon Typing Adventure which is exclusive to the Nintendo DS. Pokémon: Typing Adventure for Nintendo DS is coming to European stores on 21st September 2012 and comes bundled with the Nintendo Wireless Keyboard. The game allows you to research over 400 Pokémon – including Legendary Pokémon – in this unique, typing-based game.