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.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut will be released in North America on May 7th for Wii U. When the first-person shooter arrives, it will feature Off-TV Play, which allows for playing the entire game on the Wii U GamePad. The game will also feature Miiverse capabilities. For example, via the Wii U GamePad, players will be able to record ‘Infologs,’ which contain in-game screenshots, voice recordings, drawings and notes. The Infologs can then be shared with other Wii U owners via Nintendo’s online community, Miiverse.
The Wii U version of Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate doesn’t support the Off-TV Play feature. The reason for this is because, according to producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, Capcom wants players to use two screens – the Wii U GamePad’s screen and the TV screen – while playing the action role-playing game. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate releases for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U on March 19th in North America, and on March 22nd in Europe. A free demo of the game will be available to download from the Nintendo eShop on February 21st.
“We don’t have that feature within Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – really, the way that we approach making the title for the Wii U was that we wanted to make the Wii U GamePad subscreen a compliment to the main screen. So instead of making the screens replaceable or being able to switch them, we really wanted to make sure that players are utilizing both real estate of the screens, in conjunction with each other.”
-Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate producer Ryozo Tsujimoto
Update: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U now features off-TV play via an update.
Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that Pikmin 3 will feature Off-TV Play. According to Miyamoto, you can play the forthcoming real-time strategy video game on the Wii U console’s primary controller, the Wii U GamePad, without the need for a TV screen, thanks to its 6.2-inch touchscreen. While it hasn’t been given an official release date yet, Pikmin 3 is scheduled to launch in the spring.
“You can play this game only with Wii U GamePad. If it is hard to imagine what it will be like, maybe you can recall the visuals of the original “Pikmin” for Nintendo GameCube and imagine how you can play it with the smaller but more detailed screen in your hands. The two control sticks of Wii U GamePad will let you play this game more comfortably and, with a TV screen, the gyro sensor inside Wii Remote Plus will further help your gameplay.”
Not all Wii U games will be able to completely transfer from the TV screen to the Wii U GamePad. When games are able to do so, Nintendo calls the functionality Off-TV Play. Wii U video games that boast this capability will probably have a notification on their game boxes, similar to the Nintendo Network icon.