Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has told EDGE that the team are busy creating a new Mario title, but wouldn’t reveal which platform the game will come to. EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura said that if the game does come to Wii U then they need to figure out ways to make better use of the Wii U GamePad.
“Yoshiaki Koizumi says that while work has begun on the new game, it could not confirm whether it’ll be 3DS or Wii U title. “That’s still a secret!” he says. “I can tell you, though, that we’ve already started approaching our next challenge.”
“There’s still a lot more room for discovery and invention, and we’ll continue to propose new and exciting game mechanics going into the future.” If follow-up to Super Mario 3D World is to be a Wii U game, co-director and EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura says his team “might need to make even more use of the GamePad.”
Mario Kart 8 producer Hideki Konno and director Kosuke Yabuki have praised the power of Nintendo’s latest home console Wii U and say that the game will deliver a visually impressive experience. Konno explained to GameSpot that they have put a lot of effort into making Mario Kart 8 a good looking game, and he concluded by saying that it’s a very pretty game. Here’s what they had to say.
“We’re working with HD for the first time, and we really wanted to take advantage of that,” Mario Kart 8 producer Hideki Konno said in a roundtable interview attended by GameSpot. “The last console version was Mario Kart Wii, which was released in 2008, so it was about six years ago. And during those six years, we were able to incorporate a lot of technology in our development process, but especially on the graphics side. So we put a lot of effort into making this a good looking game–it’s a very pretty game.”
“This time with the power of the Wii U we really made an effort to keep that graphic quality high regardless of how many ways we were splitting the TV into.”
“We’ve also been able to show movement on the [karts and bikes] that we haven’t seen before,” he said. “We’re seeing bounding, we’re seeing different parts of the kart move, we’re seeing dirt on the tires, we’re seeing skidmarks left on the course–again I think we’ve done a good job of utilizing that graphical power.”
“Using the power of the Wii U, we were able to create a Mario Kart title that feels right, and the controls feel like they’re perfect for this game.”
Nintendo today revealed new information about Mario Kart 8, the latest installment in the fan-favorite racing series launching exclusively for the Wii U console on May 30 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. For the first time in HD, Mario Kart 8 introduces original track designs that highlight the game’s new anti-gravity feature, which allows players to race upside down or up vertical surfaces. Racers will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, four-player local multiplayer, hang gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
New features in Mario Kart 8 include:
- Spin Boost: While racing upside down or on walls, players can bump into other racers or certain track obstacles to get a speed boost. The Spin Boost fundamentally redefines the way that players compete, and makes anti-gravity racing even more exhilarating.
- Returning Characters: In Mario Kart 8, players can race with returning characters Metal Mario, Lakitu and Shy Guy. These newly revealed returning characters join a host of previously announced favorites, including all seven of Bowser’s Koopalings, who are playable for the first time in video game history.
- New Items: Two new items join the fray in Mario Kart 8. First, the Piranha Plant attaches to the front of the player’s kart and chomps at other characters, banana peels on the track or even shells thrown by other characters. Each time the Piranha Plant lunges forward to bite, the player receives a brief boost of speed. The second new item is the Boomerang Flower. After acquiring it, racers can throw a Boomerang at opponents to stun them, and its arc allows players to strike multiple opponents with a single toss. The Boomerang can be thrown three times – forward or backward.
- New Courses: Remixed classic courses make a return in Mario Kart 8, with favorites such as Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii, Toad’s Turnpike from Mario Kart 64 and Donut Plains from Super Mario Kart, among others. The graphics and layout of these courses have been redesigned and re-imagined. For example, Toad’s Turnpike now allows players to drive up certain walls in anti-gravity mode. Mario Kart 8 will include 16 new courses and 16 remixed classic courses.
- Live Recorded Music: For the first time in the Mario Kart series, select courses in Mario Kart 8 feature music recorded by live performers.
- Control Scheme: Mario Kart 8 will support a variety of control schemes, including the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Wheel and the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The game can also be played in off-TV mode using just the Wii U GamePad.
Platinum Games well-received action packed title The Wonderful 101 is currently available for $29.99 on the Wii U eShop at the moment. It looks as though the pricing now matches the price drops that we’ve been seeing from certain retailers. The Wonderful 101 currently has an average review score of 78 on Metacritic.
Nintendo has released a minor system update for Wii U owners. The company says that the update improves stability and enhances the user experience. The update adds “further improvements to overall system stability”, while “other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience”.
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Chris Scullion from CVG has tweeted that the Gameboy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console all have original scanned paper manuals. Classics like Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 will all be available on the service.
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.