We already know that EA has no games in development for the Wii U, but what does the publisher think of the console? Bob Summerwill, a Senior Software Engineer and Architect for the company, went on Twitter today to voice his opinion of Nintendo’s latest console. According to Summerwill, ‘the Wii U is crap, it’s less powerful than the Xbox 360, it has a weird tablet and a poor online store.’ Summerwill went on to say that, at this point, Nintendo is ‘walking dead.’ Although he deleted some of his outspoken comments from his Twitter account, you can view screenshots of them on IGN.
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a social media campaign for the 3DS by asking you a simple question: what is your reason for owning a Nintendo 3DS? The company launched a YouTube video, which you can see above, profiling the extensive list of titles that are currently on the portable handheld, as well as upcoming exclusives. And in a bid to chug away on the 3DS hype train, Nintendo UK has created a hashtag for fans to add their #3DSreasons over Twitter. But with such an exciting list of titles coming to the 3DS in the future, does the handheld need such an advertisement? In the meantime, what are your #3DSreasons? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham has announced on Twitter that Mutant Mudds Deluxe could very well be headed for a June release on the Wii U. Always looking to keep his fans in the loop when it comes to development, Watsham revealed over Twitter that the platformer game had been submitted to Nintendo of America, not long after he had spruced up and polished the title’s final touches. He said:
“Mutant Mudds Deluxe has been submitted to NOA! We always try to make it as bug-free as possible, but it could come back. Fingers crossed. :)
“A June release is looking good! :)”
But he hasn’t abandoned his Mutant Mudds fans in Europe, as he added:
“News of Mudds Deluxe submission to Europe to come soon. Sorry for the delay.”
SnowCastle Games has announced via Twitter that it is the latest team to become an official Wii U developer, and follows in the footsteps of many other indie developers. The Norwegian team are currently developing their RPG fantasy adventure title Festival of Magic, featuring a Nordic take on an Eastern genre.
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Festival of Magic – of which you can see the early alpha trailer above – promises to take you on a journey like no other where you can grow crops and use this to your advantage by creating magical spells from your harvest. The title also gives you the chance to solve challenging puzzles, collect rare items and explore to your heart’s content in the over world dungeons.
SnowCastle Games believes their Nordic adventure title will work wonderfully on the Wii U and has promised it isn’t just a port in a series of published tweets to fans:
“Thanks for all the kind words about us becoming a WiiU developer guys!! We’ll do our best to bring you all a great game!!
“Thank you! We’re very excited! We think Festival of Magic is very well suited for the WiiU, it’ll be fun working on it!
“It’s not just a port. We’ll be taking the unique control options for the WiiU into consideration while building the game.”
Nintendo of America has made an Animal Crossing Twitter account. The official account’s current purpose is to promote the next game in the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and its Tweets will be presented from the point of view of in-game character Isabelle, who’ll be your assistant when you start working as the mayor of your town. Above you can read Isabelle’s first letter, which was attached to the account’s first Tweet. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released in June, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
After Mutant Mudds Deluxe was delayed until the second quarter of this year, it finally appears as if the title will hit the Wii U eShop soon. Jools Watsham, co-founder of game developer Renegade Kid, has posted on Twitter saying that the game is in its final stages of development. He said:
We’re in the final stretch of Mutant Mudds Deluxe for Wii U. Polishing it up now. Hoping to submit to NOA this week! Fingers crossed. :)
It looks like the Okami announcement teased to fans last week is not for an upcoming sequel. According to a tweet by the official Okami account, it was explicitly stated that it will not be a sequel. The announcement, though, is still set to be published this week.
Capcom Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President Christian Svensson responded to the sequel chatter on the Capcom Unity boards saying that the announcement is to be for Japan only:
Whatever it is, it’s likely only in Japan… I’ve got no details on what they were referring to (but as has been stated, whatever it is, it’s not a game).
The official Okami Twitter account is teasing that it has new information to share regarding the beloved Okami franchise. The Twitter team says that they will announce something during the beginning of Golden Week which runs from April 29th to May 5th. Interestingly enough, the latest edition of Famitsu promises to share a game that “bring fans tears of happiness” in its next issue which is due out, May 9th. Here’s what the Okami Twitter team had to say.
“Hello, this is Okami news. Sorry I’ve been kind of out of touch lately, but I have the feeling we’ll be able to drop a fresh announcement like WHAM! around the beginning of Golden Week, so please look forward to it. Right now we’re on track with preparations.”
True to their word, Nintendo is continuing to build their social community and they’re beginning with a new release of an image sharing app for the Nintendo 3DS. Today, Japan received the new software which allows you to take pictures from specific games and upload them straight to Tumblr and Twitter.
Currently, the sharing tool only supports two games – Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection: New Life – where you can take a screenshot, go to Nintendo’s mobile website and log into the preferred social networking site to finally upload. On Twitter, screenshots will be accompanied by automatic hashtags so players can locate 3DS images with ease. Would you like to see the image sharing tool come over to the West?
EA Sports has announced that it plans to share some news on the forthcoming FIFA 14 tomorrow. The news coincides with the Nintendo 3DS focussed Nintendo Direct, but that’s in all probability just a simple coincidence. FIFA 13 was released on both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS, so expect to hear news regarding both formats.