FarSight Studios, the developers behind The Pinball Arcade, have said on Facebook that even Sony’s PlayStation 3 outclasses the Wii U with regards to power and claims that the Wii U is a Wii 1.5. The information came about as a Nintendo fan said that the Wii U was as powerful as the PlayStation 3. You can see the response above.
CVG has uploaded the latest trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us, which is an upcoming fighting game from developer NetherRealm Studios – the creator of Mortal Kombat. The new trailer confirms that Superman’s archenemy, supervillian Lex Luthor, is a playable character in the game. Injustice: Gods Among Us will launch in North America on April 16th and in Europe on April 19th, and it will be released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii U.
The director of the Australian Classification Board, Lesley O’Brien, has announced that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is the first video game to receive the adult’s only rating, R18+, in Australia. Throughout most of the continent, it is illegal to sell R18+ games to minors.
In North America, Europe and Austrailia, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is published by Nintendo. For comparison’s sake, the original Ninja Gaiden 3 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which is published by Tecmo Koei, is rated MA15+ in Australia.
“Under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, R18+ computer games will have a high impact and it is for this reason that these games are not suitable for under 18s.”
“Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects.”
-Director of the Australian Classification Board Lesley O’Brien
In a span of four weeks of being on the market, Nintendo has sold over 1.8 million Wii U consoles. In that same amount of time, Microsoft sold 940,000 Xbox 360 consoles, and Sony shipped 540,000 PlayStation 3 consoles.
For comparison’s sake, in its first four weeks on sale, 2.07 million Wii consoles were sold in 2006.
Nintendo’s latest handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, launched in Japan on February 26th, 2011. And Sony’s the PlayStation 3 released in the country on November 11th, 2006. Although it was released years after Sony’s latest console, so far in Japan, the Nintendo 3DS has sold a total of 8,728,515 units, whereas the PlayStation 3 sold a total of 8,593,899 units.
A recent trailer confirms that supervillain Deathstroke the Terminator is a playable character in WB Games’ upcoming fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Note that the trailer above also shows the Wii U logo toward the end. The game is scheduled to launch April 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the new Wii U.
BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 3: Special Edition launches alongside Nintendo’s upcoming console on November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe. BioWare’s Melanie Faulknor says the game is not simply a port of the original version, Mass Effect 3, which released eight months ago for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Wii U’s version of the game is developed by Straight Right and includes bonus content and new features that utilize the Wii U GamePad.
Let’s hope that BioWare will eventually bring Mass Effect Trilogy to Wii U, too.
“The Mass Effect 3 Special Edition for Wii U is my first project as an External Producer, which means I work with both our internal teams and our external partner, in this case Straight Right from Australia. As this was the first time a Mass Effect game would be on a Nintendo console, we wanted to make sure we had a partner that really had a lot of experience working with Nintendo – and that’s what Straight Right delivered.”
“This was important because this was more than just a standard port project. We’ve added additional content and new features to fully utilize the Wii U GamePad. Our team in Edmonton and the team at Straight Right was working together constantly to create a feature set we think would enhance Mass Effect 3 and we’re proud of the results! You can control your squadmates, utilize both Shepard and your squad’s abilities and even play Mass Effect 3 all from the GamePad – something that comes in super handy if someone else in the house wants to watch or use the TV.”
WB Games’ upcoming fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, which features characters from the DC Universe, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, is scheduled to release April 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
According to Frozenbyte’s Mikael Haveri, compared to the other HD consoles on the market, Trine 2 expansion Goblin Menace’s graphics are best on Wii U. Haveri believes that Trine 2: Director’s Cut requires a considerable amount of processing power and, therefore, would have to be downscaled if it were to release on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Trine 2: Director’s Cut launches November on the Nintendo eShop and includes a new mode called “Magic Mayhem,” which is designed exclusively for Wii U.
“Basically that does require… well, not huge amounts more graphics processing power, but still considerable. If we would publish that on the other consoles, then I believe that there would be some small downscaling of what it is right now.”
“I think we didn’t start really until sometime early in the year still, but the fact was that we had a lot of things going on. Then when we got over the old things, we started with the Wii U and then in two days we had it running,” he explained. “We had it running really fast. So it was more about knowing your own tech and then having that ‘eureka!’ moment of making it work on this new hardware.”
-Mikael Haveri, sales and marketing manager,
On September 11th, Sony filed a lawsuit against Wildcat Creek and Bridgestone. By appearing engaged in a Mario Kart Wii battle in an advertisement for Brigdestone, actor Jerry Lambert, who plays Sony’s marketing character, Kevin Butler, supposedly caused confusion in the video game market and damage to Sony. Sony claims its lawsuit is based on violations of the Lanham Act, which prohibits false advertising.
“Sony Computer Entertainment America filed a lawsuit against Bridgestone and Wildcat Creek, Inc. on September 11. The claims are based on violations of the Lanham Act, misappropriation, breach of contract and tortious interference with a contractual relationship. We invested significant resources in bringing the Kevin Butler character to life and he’s become an iconic personality directly associated with PlayStation products over the years. Use of the Kevin Butler character to sell products other than those from PlayStation misappropriates Sony’s intellectual property, creates confusion in the market, and causes damage to Sony.”
-Dan Race, Sony’s senior director of corporate communications