An updated version of Toki Tori is scheduled to hit the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS by the end of this year. The upcoming release has a time-rewind feature, more levels, better visuals and enhanced audio. The original Toki Tori launched on 3DS in 2012. It is a puzzle platformer in which players take control of a flightless bird that is tasked with rescuing all of his kidnapped brothers and sisters. The game was first released in 2001 for Game Boy Color.
Two Tribes has revealed that it still plans on bringing Toki Tori 1 to Nintendo 3DS. The developer is working with Engine Software on the forthcoming hand-held port of the puzzle game. To progress through Toki Tori, players must pick up each egg in a level using a set number of tools, and they will have to look and plan ahead carefully while using items such as the Telewarp, Freeze-o-Matic and InstantRock. Two Tribes recently confirmed that Toki Tori 2 won’t be released on 3DS.
Collin van Ginkel, the designer and one of the founders of Two Tribes, has told Nintendo Latino that the company has no intentions of making another Toki Tori game. Collin says that Toki Tori 2 didn’t perform as well as the company had hoped, so he says the development team will move on and tackle another genre.
“Well, since Toki Tori 2+ didn’t perform as well as we had hoped, we’ve decided that we are not going to be making a new Toki Tori game, ever. He’ll be back in some easter egg probably, but we are moving on and taking on other genres.”
WayForward and Two Tribes are both continuing their ardent support of Nintendo consoles by bringing a couple of tried and true games from their catalogs to the Wii U this month. WayForward’s Mighty Switch Force 2, released on Nintendo 3DS in June, will be ported over to the Wii U on October 17th in North America and October 25th in all other regions. The title will sell for only $5.99. The original Mighty Switch Force was given new stages and visuals when it was brought to Wii U from 3DS, so here’s hoping WayForward will continue this trend.
Additionally, Two Tribes have announced on their Twitter page that the first Toki Tori will be rushed out onto the Wii U eShop before month’s end. The title had been previously confirmed along with two other puzzle classics from the Two Tribes vault, and now the company has revealed that it will be arriving even sooner than expected. Even though the Wii U picked up some momentum from the release of The Wind Waker HD in North America, the ailing console can certainly use the help of these stellar games coming to its eShop this month.
In a potential partnership of epic proportions, Toki Tori developer Two Tribes nearly had Nintendo and Valve working together to bring players of Toki Tori 2+ a special level editor. At one point faced with less-than-stellar sales of Toki Tori 2+ on Wii U, Two Tribes decided that they wanted gamers to be able to make their own levels on either platform, while being able to log into Steam and share them through the Workshop.
Apparently Nintendo and Valve were both on board with the idea, but Two Tribes could not bring it all into fruition in time to get it ready for the release of Toki Tori 2+. Alas, the partnership never panned out, but Two Tribes is optimistic that they may return to the idea in the future. Here are comments from the company’s Martijn Reuvers:
“Our dream was basically to let users create levels on whatever platform they’d prefer and that they would be able to share it through Steam Workshop. So we came up with a proposal that would allow Wii U owners of Toki Tori 2+ to login to Steam, so that they could make use of that functionality. Kinda what Valve did with Portal on the PS3. Nintendo and Valve reacted very positively and we had some calls and e-mails with both parties about this proposal.
Unfortunately things like this take time and cannot be implemented overnight. So for Toki Tori 2+, it was too late at that point. However we still are in contact with them, so should things change, we’ll definitely revisit it again.”
Two Tribes has announced that it will throw some support in the direction of Wii U by releasing three of its classic games in the Wii U eShop by the end of the year. The first Toki Tori installment will release in October, followed by EDGE in November, then RUSH caps off the trilogy with a December arrival. All three puzzlers will feature off-TV play and be priced at only $1.99 each. The Wii U can use all the help it can get, as abysmal sales figures continue to pile in for the console.
Two Tribes, the development team behind Toki Tori, has announced on Twitter that they have something cool for Wii U owners to check out next week. Two Tribes previously said that they’re looking to bring Toki Tori 2+, Toki Tori, RUSH, EDGE to the Wii U. So perhaps the announcement has something to do with those games. Of course, it could be something entirely brand new. What would you like to see Two Tribes announce?
We’ve got something cool coming for Wii U owners next week!
Thanks, Kallum S