Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U is listed for $19.99 at Amazon. Originally priced at $59.99, the puzzle game is the first title in the Scribblenauts series to hit Wii U, and it launched alongside the console in November 2012. The fifth game in the franchise, Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, arrived on Wii U in September 2013. Both titles are also available for Nintendo 3DS and PC. However, the Wii U edition is the only version in which Nintendo characters and objects can appear.
Nintendo UK has released a new trailer for Scribblenauts Unlimited. The video highlights the game’s main theme of encouraging players to use their imagination to solve puzzles. The Wii U version of the game features an object editor, whereas the Nintendo 3DS version contains StreetPass and SpotPass modes. Also, unlike the 3DS version, the Wii U version contains appearances of Nintendo characters and objects. Although they have been available in North America for over a year, the Wii U and 3DS versions of Scribblenauts Unlimited will finally be released in Europe on December 6th.
Nintendo has announced that Scribblenauts Unlimited has now got a specific release date in Europe for both 3DS and Wii U versions. In late August, we reported that the game would eventually be making it over to European shores this December, but there was no specified date. Scribblenauts Unlimited will launch on December 6 as part of Nintendo’s holiday line-up. You can find out more about the game on Nintendo’s official page for Scribblenauts, here.
Nintendo has announced that the long-awaited Scribblenauts Unlimited will finally make it over to European shores come this December. Developed by 5th Cell and published by Warner Bros. the action puzzler has been on a difficult journey for the past year.
Originally, the game was set to be released last November along with the North American version, however delays set it back and we then believed it would grace our Wii U and 3DS screens by February. Unfortunately, there was no movement on Nintendo’s or Warner Bros. part as to why the delay was creating such havoc in the games department – we had a potential leak to say it would be released in July, but that also fell through.
Now, 5th Cell and Warner Bros. have announced the Scribblenauts Unmasked series due for release on September 24, but Europe has – again – been left in the dark. For those fans who are still waiting on the official European release for either the Wii U or 3DS, you should expect to get your hands on Scribblenauts Unlimited this December, though Nintendo has yet to detail a specific date.
European fans of the Scribblenauts series may not have to wait much longer for a Wii U version to crop up at retailers, as spotted on website Zavvi.com is a potential release date for Scribblenauts Unlimited. The long-awaited title has been involved in an uphill battle within Europe – first it was released on the eShop by mistake, then it was taken off due to unspecified reasons, plus there’s been difficulties with copyright infringement against the game developers and Warner Bros. – but now we have a rumoured date, and it’s listed for a release on July 26.
So far, no other UK retailer has listed the date on their websites, but if Zavvi’s listing is correct we could well be seeing this game coming to the eShop and other retailers by this summer. Scribblenauts Unlimited was released last November for the Wii U in North America, so let’s hope Europe can join in on all the scribbling action in July. Are you excited for this title’s release?
Yesterday, we reported that internet meme creators Torres and Schmidt were filing a lawsuit against Scribblenauts developers 5th Cell and publishers Warner Bros. over copyright infringement within the Scribblenauts series.
Now, Torres has issued a statement to Eurogamer claiming that the lawsuit had been misreported and is determined to set the record straight. He claims that he was unaware about the use of the meme in Scribblenauts until it appeared in the debut trailer for its latest instalment – Nyan Cat was copyrighted in 2011, while Scribblenauts Unlimited was released in 2012.
The statement reads:
“We reached out to the companies in hopes of working out an amicable resolution of the issue, yet were disrespected and snubbed each time as nothing more than nuisances for asking for fair compensation for our intellectual property. That’s not right. I have no issues with Nyan Cat being enjoyed by millions of fans as a meme , and I have never tried to prevent people from making creative uses of it that contribute artistically and are not for profit. But this is a commercial use, and these companies themselves are protectors of their own intellectual property. Many other companies have licensed Nyan Cat properly to use commercially.
“In Scribblenauts Unlimited, you have to actually type out the words ‘Nyan Cat’ and ‘Keyboard Cat’ to get our characters to appear in the game. In fact, the game forbids you from making any copyright references in their games with a pop-up error. Meanwhile, 5th Cell recently negotiated proper rights for several Nintendo characters for their games. Just because popularity with millions of fans has caused Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat to become famous by virtue of their viral or meme nature, doesn’t give these companies a right to take our work for free in order to make profits for themselves, especially considering too that they would be the first to file lawsuits against people who misappropriate their copyrights and trademarks. It just isnt fair.
“I’ve been working alongside with the creator of the music and the lady who uploaded it to YouTube since the start. There are many reputable companies that have respected our rights and negotiated fees to use our characters commercially. Warner Bros. and 5th Cell should have done the same.
“Since Warner Bros. and 5th Cell chose to act as if we had no rights in characters we created, filing a lawsuit was the only way we had to protect our intellectual property rights from being used for others’ commercial profit without our consent. Too often normal artists like us don’t have the means and resources to protect our rights against big media corporations who use our work for their own profit without permission. We are looking here just to be treated fairly and to be fairly compensated for our creative work.”
The Wii U version of Scribblenauts Unlimited was scheduled to launch this month in Europe, but its release has been delayed for European consumers. For some reason, the game appeared on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, and people were able to download it for a short time. To those who’ve downloaded the game, Nintendo says to contact customer service if they experience any problems with it. In North America, Scribblenauts Unlimited launched alongside the Wii U console in November last year.
“Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U, which has been recently delayed for Europe, was for a short time available as a download in the Nintendo eShop. We sincerely apologize for any confusion that may have occurred and we hope to provide more detailed announcements soon about the European launch of these games.
We advise the consumers who have downloaded the game to contact their local customer service if they have any problems.”