Dax Ginn, marketing game manager for Rocksteady, has told NowGamer that the team decided to make Batman Arkham Knight only available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One because the game wouldn’t function as well on Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Ginn cites the Batmobile as one of the reasons and says that “it’s highly technical – all of those things can only be done on next-gen,”
“It was the one thing we hadn’t done,” Ginn explained. “Once we decided we were going to commit to the Batmobile, all these other technical decisions were made for us.”
“We knew that we had to do it right – the imagination of the experience of driving the Batmobile that people have is that it’s fast, that it’s destructive, it’s kind of a tank in Gotham City, but it’s also highly technical – all of those things can only be done on next-gen,” said Ginn.
“Not in the way that people imagine it. It’s the power fantasy of driving this legendary vehicle; if it can only do a top speed of 25 mph that’s not the power fantasy and that’s why we couldn’t have done that previously,”
“We have to make our technology choices specifically with reference to the gameplay objectives that we want, so we choose the platforms that are going to give us that,” said Ginn.
Prismatic has announced via its Kickstarter page that the upcoming Hex Heroes for Wii U will feature cameos from a number of popular indie franchises. The team says that game will have special appearances from Mutant Mudds, Guacamelee and SteamWorld Dig.
Hex Heroes is a multiplayer real time strategy game for Wii U where up to 4 players share the TV harvesting resources, building structures, fending off enemies, and exploring dangerous territories. Another player uses the gamepad to manage resources and teammates, make executive decisions, and survey the land from a bird’s eye view. Hex Heroes can be played solo, but we’re sure you’ll want to wrangle up some friends to join in!
Nintendo of Japan has confirmed on its official website that Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console won’t support multiplayer. The company says that all the Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games will simply be single player only.
Redbox has confirmed that the rental based company will begin stocking Wii U games to rent from March 25th. You’ll be able to rent critically acclaimed titles such as Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong County: Tropical Freeze from the company starting from today.
The official Wii U France page on Facebook has revealed that the Game Boy Advance Virtual Console will arrive on the Wii U on April 3rd. The first game to be made available for download is Advance Wars which is coming next week.
Damon Baker, Senior Manager of Marketing at Nintendo’s of America’s Licensing department, has confirmed to Siliconera that there are over 50 indie titles using Unity coming to the Wii U eShop. Baker promised that there’s plenty of Unity content on the way.
“Over the course of this show, we have nine games on display. We have 17 that are currently in the pipeline, that have been submitted. So they will all be out within the next two months. And then, we have another fifty that are waiting in the wings, that are coming; so we’ve got a lot of Unity content on the way.”
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Shin’en has announced that it’s holding a sale on the Nintendo eShop which sees popular Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles available for 25 percent off. These games include Art of Balance and Nano Assault.
If you haven’t already purchased it, then you can get the well-received Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U for a mere $20. This deal comes courtesy of GameStop and normally retails for $39.99. Unfortunately, this is just the Wii U version as the Nintendo 3DS version is only available for $30.
Popular Youtube channel The Game Theorists has compared Nintendo’s latest home console Wii U to the ill fated Virtual Boy. The video claims that Nintendo made all the same mistakes with the Wii U as it did with the Virtual Boy back in 1995. The channel says if Nintendo had remembered its own history, its current financial troubles could have been avoided.
IGN recently has the opportunity to speak to Retro Studios this week about the challenges of bringing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to Nintendo’s latest home console, Wii U. Retro Studios President Michael Kelbaugh explained to the publication the difficulties the company faced when developing for new hardware.
“The Wii U is a powerhouse of technology that we had to transition to. We had brand new tools, brand new engine, brand new everything. There was a lot of unknowns [for us],” he said. “From a technology standpoint we’re trying to develop that technology while we’re developing a new game at the same time. That was really challenging.”