Ubisoft Explains How Zombi Works Without A Second Screen

One of the bigger news stories this week was the announcement by Ubisoft that they are bringing the beloved Wii U launch title ZombiU to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A number of you were wondering how the game would retain its intense atmosphere without the second screen. Thankfully, Ubisoft has explained how the new, and possibly improved, Zombi will work with traditional controllers.

“We knew from the beginning that maintaining the tension and feel of the original was one of the main challenges, as the way ZombiU was presented on Wii U cannot be reproduced,” says Hélène Henry, Zombi’s producer.

  • Devs wanted to maintain a minimal HUD in order to preserve ZombiU’s sense of loneliness.
  • Mini map now appears in a corner of the screen. Only appears when you need it.
  • Increase of FOV to give player more spacial awareness.
  • Accessing your backpack still does not pause the game. Backpack interface appears in the middle of the screen while player can still see to the left and right to watch for zombies.
  • Multiplayer mode from Wii U removed as it simply couldn’t be done without two screens.
  • Two new melee weapons: shovel and nail bat. Shovel has longer range and can hit multiple enemies in one swing, nail bat does more damage and also can hit multiple enemies.
  • Flashlight has a new high setting with a wider, farther reaching beam but it will attract even more zombies when you use it.
  • Flashlight now has a battery and has to recharge (ala Half-Life)
  • Game “will perform better on newer consoles” (obvious) and controls have been tweaked to be more responsive.

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Terraria Wii U Has Local And Online Multiplayer

We finally got reconfirmation today that Terraria is coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but what about the all-important multiplayer mode. Well, the Wii U version of the fantasy building game will feature local and online adventures. If you are interested in local multiplayer than you will be pleased to know that you can play four player split screen. However, the number rises to eight player if someone chooses to take the game online. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game only supports local four player multiplayer. As we mentioned earlier, the game will be playable at Gamescom next month.

Terraria Confirmed Again For Wii U And 3DS And Playable At Gamescom

After months of rumour and speculation Terraria the action-adventure sandbox video game has been reconfirmed for both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. If you are attending Gamescom next month then you will be able to go hands on with both versions. Guess all we need now is an official release date.

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Just Dance 2016 Demo Is On Wii U

Today, Ubisoft announced a free Just Dance 2016 demo on new-gen consoles for players using the Just Dance Controller App. The one song demo is “Blame” by Calvin Harris Ft. John Newman and is now available to download on Nintendo’s Wii U system, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system. The latest installment in the best-selling music game franchise will launch on October 23 in the UK.

The free Just Dance Controller App, now available for Apple and Android devices and soon to also be available for Windows Phone devices, enables players on new-gen consoles to play Just Dance 2016 without any peripherals or console cameras. The app transforms the player’s smartphone into a game controller that tracks the accuracy of their moves and allows them to navigate intuitively through the game’s menus. To play the demo using the Just Dance Controller App on smartphones, players can simply follow the steps below. On Xbox One, players also have the option to access the demo using Kinect for Xbox One.

  1. Download the Just Dance Controller app to your Apple or Android smartphone.
  2. Download the Just Dance 2016 demo to your Wii U, PlayStation4 or Xbox One.
  3. Connect your smartphone to the same wi-fi network as the console.
  4. Select the song and dance holding the phone in your right hand!

With more than 40 new tracks, ranging from Billboard hits to classic throwback favourites, from artists like Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Calvin Harris Ft. John Newman and Lady Gaga, everyone in the entire family will have a favourite track to dance to in Just Dance 2016.

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Wii U Sales Pass 10 Million Since 2012 And Splatoon Has Sold 1.62 Million Units

The Wii U has had a tough time in a competitive marketplace but Nintendo has announced that the console has now sold over 10 million units since it launched back in 2012. Nintendo’s latest IP the super-colourful Splatoon has been a success for the company since it released back in May. The shooter has sold 1.62 million units by June 30th. On the hardware side, Nintendo also announced that it has sold over 1 million Nintendo 3DS consoles during the last quarter. Software sales for the Nintendo 3DS have also been encouraging at 7.92 million. Nintendo has yet to give sales figures for amiibo figures but says they are “favourable.”

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For Kirby’s Birthday Nintendo America Is Releasing Three Games On Wii U eShop

Kirby’s birthday is coming up and what better way to celebrate it than release three of the pink puffball’s exemplary titles on the Wii U eShop. The games will be available to purchase on July 30th. The news was revealed today via Nintendo of America’s Twitter account.

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Elliot Quest’s A Success On Wii U So Team Bringing To Nintendo 3DS, Xbox, And PlayStation

Elliot Quest, the game which is described by the developers as the spiritual successor to Zelda II, has been nothing short of a success on Wii U. The development team, Ansimuz Games, say that Elliot Quest on the Wii U has brought in more revenue on Nintendo’s current home console than it has on Steam. The studio which ported the game to the Wii U, PlayEveryWare, also praised Nintendo’s social network Miiverse and said the following about the service:

“Elliot Quest’s Miiverse community is so amazingly positive and supportive of one another! They already help each other get through challenging areas while cautious of spoilers, and sharing screenshots of all the really fun and surprising Easter eggs that they find on their adventures.”

Due to the success of the side scroller, and their love for the Wii U and Miiverse community, the team says that they will be bringing out a free update to the Wii U version which will arrive on July 30th. The update allows gamers to access a Miiverse Journal that enables players to share and leave notes about their adventure. You can also get twenty unlockable Miiverse Stamps. These can be earned by “defeating bosses, discovering secrets, and exploring new locations in each of the game’s multiple endings.”

As I said in the title, the developer is extremely pleased with Elliot Quest’s success and is now looking to bring the game to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and Nintendo 3DS. The game will be available on these platforms sometime next year.

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