On a recent episode of Game Grumps, Banjo-Kazooie composer and former Rare staff member Grant Kirkhope says he keeps wishing that all ex-Rare staffers would unite, form a company and ask Nintendo to give them the funds needed to make Banjo 3 for Wii U. While it would be a dream come true for many fans of the series, the mentioned scenario is highly unlikely, as Rare is a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios, which also owns the Banjo IP.
The latest game in the series, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, was released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and, partly because its gameplay and story, it wasn’t considered a direct sequel to the first two games, both of which were originally released for Nintendo 64.
“I keep wishing that all the ex-Rare staffers would just get together and form a company, and go to Nintendo and say ‘give us the money. We’ll make you Banjo 3 for the Wii U’ or whatever. …Just make Banjo 3 like it should have been made back then and it would be great, and it would be great on Wii U, and all the ex-Rare guys would be together again all happy and kissing each other. … I just keep thinking we should just give it a try.”
-Banjo-Kazooie composer and former Rare staffer Grant Kirkhope
Yesterday, Capcom announced that NES classic DuckTales is getting a remake. DuckTales Remastered is being developed by WayForward Technologies, and it’s coming this summer to three home consoles – PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360. Were you hoping to play the game on your Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita? Unfortunately, you may be out of luck, as Capcom’s corporate officer, Christian Svensson, confirmed that the publisher ultimately decided the game will not arrive on handheld consoles.
I have both handhelds and was wondering why not put the game out on both 3ds and ps vita?
Christian Svensson: Sorry but we could only do “so many” platforms and portable formats were not in the frame this time around.
Although it’s possible for Dead Island: Riptide to run on Wii U, the action role-playing game is skipping Nintendo’s latest console. Earlier today, the publisher of the upcoming game, Deep Silver, was asked, via Twitter, to give a reason for as to why it’s not coming to Wii U. The publisher said it looked at whether it would be worth releasing Dead Island Riptide on Wii U but ultimately decided against it. Dead Island: Riptide launches in April on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
What exactly is the reason behind not putting RipTide on the Wii U? Is Nintendo forcing you to incorporate touch controls?
Deep Silver: We looked at whether it would be worth releasing it on Wii U, but decided against it.
Sniper Elite 3 is in development and is coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and next-generation consoles. The upcoming first-person shooter’s publisher, 505 Games, didn’t announce whether the game will come to Wii U; however, although it was released last year on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, the game’s predecessor, Sniper Elite V2, will hit Nintendo’s latest console this year.
“Following the worldwide success of Sniper Elite and Sniper Elite V2 released on PC, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, 505 Games believe in the extremely high potential of this brand.”
Rayman Legends was previously scheduled to launch today exclusively for Wii U; however, the game’s publisher, Ubisoft, delayed the game’s release by about seven months so that it will arrive simultaneously on the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While the Wii U version may have been ready to hit store shelves, Ubisoft CEO Ubisoft Yves Guilemot told Kotaku that the development team is still working on the game for Nintendo’s latest console. When the game is finally released in the fall, Guilemot said Ubisoft wants Rayman Legends to be one of the best games on Wii U.
“The Wii U the team is working hard on the Wii U [version] to make sure it continues to improve, so it can become one of the best Wii U games. We hope it can be one of the top games Ubisoft creates.”
“What’s very important to consider is that, when a team has more time, they are able to continue to improve the quality of the game. When we saw we had more time, we saw all of the possibilities. Some of the possibilities are the social features that we are seeing today, but also new bosses, new possibilities that will take the game to a level that people will love.”
-Ubisoft CEO Yves Guilemot
Although publisher Ubisoft hasn’t yet confirmed whether Watch Dogs will hit Nintendo’s latest console, retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop, have listed a Wii U version of the upcoming game. Via its official Twitter feed, Amazon Video Games referred to the Wii U as a ‘current gen console,’ alongside the aged Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, when it tweeted this: “Watch Dogs for Ubisoft is now pre-orderable for current gen consoles. … ” Just in case you didn’t know, the Xbox 360 was released in 2005, the PlayStation 3 in 2006, and the Wii U launched toward the end of 2012 – about three months ago.
More details have emerged regarding January 2013 NPD figures. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 outsold the Wii U by five times more units in North America during January. Nintendo declined to issue a press release detailing how many Wii U console were sold, but industry site Gamasutra estimates that Nintendo only sold 55,000 Wii U consoles. Microsoft announced that they sold 281,000 Xbox 360 consoles. Wii U software sales for the month of January were under 15 million.