elitedaily.com has posted new official GTA V screenshots showing a bike, a sports car and a fighter jet. Whilst this doesn’t confirm the ability to fly jets or cycle, it is the next best thing to a confirmation. GTA V is scheduled to release anytime between now and April 2013
wii.mmgn.com claims that Activision Australia directly sent the website their 2012 and early 2013 schedule, which includes Black Ops 2 for the Wii U. The release date given is the same as the PS3 and 360 versions, November13, which if accurate, means the Wii U will launch on or before that date.
Destructoid has just uploaded brand new gameplay of Black Ops 2 multiplayer, and have revealed numerous new features.
Lingsen, the company in charge of manufacturing some/all of the upcoming Wii U gamepad, has said that “Nintendo’s Wii U will be released in 3Q12” in the company’s financial report. The third quarter of 2012 refers to the months of July, August and September. It is quite safe to say the Wii U will not be releasing this month so all that’s left is September. The company then lists potential risks to its 2012 plans, including a delay of the Wii U launch. This document confirms that the Wii U was, and may still be intended to launch next month, any later release should be considered a delay.
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Digital Foundry has uploaded a video onto youtube.com showing an in depth analysis of the Wii U gamepad’s rendering speed as opposed to the TV’s. Whilst some expected to find a few milliseconds of lag on the controller, the result was quite the opposite. From the video you can clearly see that the Wii U gamepad is actually a tiny bit faster than the TV, therefore putting to rest any false assumptions that the controller has latency issues.
According to gonintendo.com, one of their readers who works at an HMV store in Washington state has revealed some information on Wii U pre orders at his store.
“In approximately 4 to 5 days of having them ready to pre-order, we’re closing in on the 350 unit mark. About 78% of all of these pre-orders have been black Wii U consoles.”
Can nintendo pull off another hugely successful launch for Wii U as they did with the Wii? The innovation of the gamepad and undoubtedly one of the greatest system launch windows in history seems to be making that very possible.
According to Fifa 13 producer Matt Prior, Fifa 13 on the Wii U will have an improved messaging system than the other systems. Prior describes the ability to simply touch a tab on the Wii U gamepad to be able to message friends with an on screen keyboard.
“A friends tab that’s always there in the front end on the [Wii U GamePad] so you can tap it, you’ve got a list of friends, the friends list from the Wii U console.”
“You can tap an invite to them, or you can tap a message to them. Obviously, touch screen messaging is much better than the 360 Live virtual keyboard where you’re moving it up and down. We really want to connect friends and allow people to game with friends as easily as possible.”
clickonline.com is reporting that during Take Two’s earnings call, the company announced that Bioshock Infinite will be coming to Wii U. However they also added that the Wii U version will only begin development after the release of the PS3 and Xbox360 and PC versions. If true, expect Bioshock Infinite on Wii U to be more than a simple port and to have significant differences to the other versions due to the fact that its development begins after the completion of other versions.
Officialnintendomagazine.co.uk has just revealed 6 ways in which Fifa 13 will use the Wii U’s gamepad when it launches later in 2012. The game was just confirmed to have superior visuals than other consoles’ versions and here are a few Wii U exclusive features (more information including screenshots will be available in september’s edition of the official nintendo magazine):
1. Touchscreen Tackling
FIFA 13 Wii U makes it easy for players to switch between defenders as you can take control of a player by tapping on him on the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen. You can then tap on the attacking player, either to man mark him or tackle.
In many games, switching between players is done automatically, so this gives you an extra level of control. You could imagine the man marking tactics being useful when defending against top class players such as Ronaldo and Messi.
2. Touchscreen Passing
So we’ve learned that you can defend using the touchscreen but, once you’ve put in that tackle, and regained possession, you’ll then be able to lay the ball off using the GamePad’s screen.
Yes, you can pass in FIFA 13 Wii U using the touchscreen, meaning you are now able to play long balls and creative passes that weren’t possible in previous games. It sounds like this will give you the tools to pass as well as Spanish geniuses Alonso, Xavi and Iniesta.
3. Touchscreen Shooting
You are able to choose exactly where you want to aim the ball thanks to Touchscreen shooting. Shaking the controller or pressing L3 (clicking the left analogue stick) brings up an image of the goal on the screen and then you simply tap on the position you want to place your shot on the goal.
This will make shooting more accurate and realistic than ever before as rather than pressing a direction with the analogue stick or D-Pad, you are now able to enjoy precision shooting by blasting the ball exactly where you want to.
4. Manager Hub
Anyone who follows football will know how important starts are in modern football. We are bombarded with possession, assists and shots on target stats in the media while managers even use Prozone stats to analyse how their own players are performing.
So, FIFA 13 Wii U promises to make it easier than ever before to analyse stats and make managerial decisions in the Manager Hub. You can tap on any player in your team to get full statistical analysis. You can also see where shots are being taken from and it will help you decide who to man mark.
5. New Free Kick and Penalty System
You already know that you can shoot using the Touchscreen so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can take free kicks with the GamePad. However, it’s not simply a case of tapping on the screen to place your free kick.
Instead, you lift up your GamePad and look through the screen to aim the ball, before putting curve on the ball and shooting. Basically, you are seeing it from the free kick taker’s perspective and you can move the GamePad around to see where your players are positioned; this should come in handy when you’re taking a free kick from a wide position and are looking to cross the ball into the box.
6. Manage The Match On The GamePad
As already mentioned, you can analyse the match by looking at the match stats on the GamePad but you can also adjust tactics on the screen when playing as the manager
You can also make half-time team talks to motivate key players. You can choose the manage the team like this in all of the main game modes and intervene if things aren’t going well.