Cubemen 2 Wii U to feature cross platform play

The above trailer shows the newly announced Indi game for Wii U eshop, Cubemen 2. The game has been out for some time on Steam, IOS, Linux and other platforms and was today announced for Wii U during the Nintendo direct. The game is developed by 3 Sprockets and is published by “Nnooo” who saw potential for this game in the Wii U market. Here’s what the creative director at Nnooo had to say:

I’m really proud to be able to announce this, we’ve spent the last few months working with both Nintendo and 3 Sprockets, the game’s developer, to make this a reality. Cubemen 2 is an amazing game and a great fit for Nintendo players. We can’t wait to see how creative they are, whether in tactical multiplayer online or in the new levels they build.

Seon Rozenblum, the director at 3 Sprockets had this to say:

We’re excited to be working closely with Nnooo and Nintendo to bring a new dynamic to a Nintendo platform, we’re bringing the gaming community together, offering true cross-platform play and user generated content across multiple platforms and devices and we are ecstatic to be including the Wii U in our lineup for Cubemen 2.

Organic Panic to take advantage of Wii U’s features

In an interview with Nintendoenthusiast, the developers of the indi title Organic Panic expressed their “plan to take advantage of all the Wii U features.” So expect miiverse integration and some interesting gamepad features for the Wii U version of this kickstarter funded game. However it should be noted that Organic Panic still hasn’t reached its Wii U stretch goal but with only about $19,000 to go it shouldn’t be too hard to reach. Click here for the full interview.

Call of Duty Ghosts Wii U listed with preorder bonus by Gamestop

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Gamestop’s US website seems to be one of the only retailers with a listing for call of duty ghosts on the Wii U, even the official Ghosts website has not updated its pre-order page. However, despite gamestop’s lack of complete reliability, I thought it worth pointing out that gamestop’s COD Ghosts listing for Wii U includes the pre-order bonus map, “Free Fall.” Don’t take this as confirmation but its definitely not a bad sign.

Slow Wii U development due to concentrated development effort for 3DS post Earthquake

Yahoo! Japan has posted an interview in which Nintendo has explained why development of Wii U games has been so slow. Other than the previously explained troubles with HD development and slight staff shortages, in 2011Nintendo was forced to concentrate its development efforts on 3DS. This is because of the impact the Tohoku Earthquake of 2011 had on 3DS sales in Japan. Nintendo was forced to increase its 3DS software output as quickly as possible and so they couldn’t allocate as many resources to Wii U development. The following is a translation of Yahoo! Japan’s interview provided by dualshockers.com

We launched the Nintendo 3DS on February 2011 and sales were strong. Two weeks later we were hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake (Editor’s note: that’s how the Japanese call the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake) and that stopped the momentum. In august of the same year we lowered the price from the initial 25,000 Yen to 15,000 Yen, and enhanced software development at the same time, to enrich the game line-up.

That paid off and we regained momentum in Japan, but due to that we could not spare many developers for the Wii U (released in November 2012), and that led to the slow start of the console.

Nintendo opens a New Super Luigi U miiverse competition

Nintendo has announced through miiverse that it is running a competition for New Super Luigi U. The aim is to complete the gaim entirely by collecting as few coins as possible; entry is done by taking a screen shot of the stats page available once the game is complete and posting the screenshot in the comments section of this miiverse post. Unfortunately there has been no mention of a prize so don’t dedicate too many hours into beating every other NSLU owner in the world just to find out that there is no prize.

Pikmin 3 + Wonderful 101 Promotion includes Australian Wii U Owners

Gonintendo has picked up on the fact that Nintendo’s Australian website is also informing gamers that if they download Pikmin 3, they will be able to download The Wonderful 101 at a 30% discount from the eshop. So good news if you live in Australia and plan on picking up both of these games and weren’t sure whether or not the offer applied in your region.

Pikmin fans with an eye on more Wii U games releasing this winter may take note of a special offer. Those who download Pikmin 3 from Nintendo eShop between 27th July and 21st September will be able to buy The Wonderful 101 for 30% off on Nintendo eShop once it is released. This is an exclusive offer on Nintendo eShop and lasts only until 21st September.

Gearbox bringing UE4 game to Wii U?

A new rumor has emerged from an IGN forums member. Whilst this is not the most reliable source, the rumor isn’t too farfetched and there’s no harm in reading it anyway. According to “monkeys with guns,” Gearbox Software, developers of Borderlands, Aliens Colonial Marines and more are working on an original IP being built with the Unreal Engine 4 and that this title will be released on multiple next generation consoles including the Wii U. Given Randy Pitchford’s high praise for Nintendo’s new console and the fact that Miyamoto is his favourite games developer in the world, it would be odd not to see a Wii U version of Gearboxes future titles so this rumor doesn’t seem all too unlikely. Here are the full details of the rumor:

What I “know:”

– Being developed by Gearbox Software
– It’s super duper early in development, it’s very “bare bones” at the moment.
– It’s being developed using the Unreal 4 engine.
– It’s a new IP, (currently) So it’s something we haven’t seen yet from them.
– It’s an FPS
– It’s multiplatform (duh) but the only version I specifically heard about was the Wii U version.

Other interesting tidbits:

– Supposedly their PS4 devkits recently had a meltdown and they’re awaiting new ones.

And of course, all things are subject to change, again this project is really very early in development, so who knows what will come of it

 

Wii U hard drive incompatibility fix

If you want to expand your Wii U’s memory but the Hard Drive you currently own isn’t being picked up by your Wii U (like mine did at first), there is a solution other than buying a Nintendo tested hard drive. You can purchase a USB Y cable such as the one shown in the picture which you can buy right here. Why this fixes the issue I’m not sure but I guess it has something to do with Nintendo’s recommendation that you purchase a hard drive that has its own external power source and the fact that these cables are specifically made to increase power and data connection between the hard drive and the connected device.

 

(Note: My first and only experience using this fix was to play “The Cave” demo directly from my hard drive. However I encountered frame rate drops and I’m not sure if this is because I was using a hard drive that wouldn’t normally be compatible with Wii U or if this is was simply a badly optimised game. If you also experienced frame drops in “The Cave”s demo please let me know in the comments)

Expect a Metroid and Metal Gear title soon for Wii U

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This is the same image that originally leaked the new Wii U Yoshi title that was announced at the recent Nintendo Direct. The same direct also announced a new Super Mario game to be showcased at E3 and other titles on the list have already been announced such as Resident Evil. So far, unless this has all been a huge co-incidence, it is safe to assume that the entire list is leaking new Wii U games soon to be announced. Perhaps Dragon Quest 10 indicates a close by western release of the game, Final Fantasy could easily be Straight Right’s Wii U project to be published by Square Enix and Metroid could very well be Retro’s new title which will most likely be revealed at E3 2013.  At the end of the last Nintendo Direct, Mr Iwata assured us that more third party Wii U announcements were coming so expect these games (and hopefully more such as GTA V and Splinter Cell) to be announced soon.

Resident Evil Revelations coming to Wii U

The official nintendo magazine has revealed that Resident Evil Revelations, previously a Nintendo 3DS exclusive is being developed for Wii U. The remake will not only feature an HD makeover but also new enemies, a new difficulty and much more. More information will be released in the next edition of the ONM. The release date for RE Revelations on Wii U is the 24th of May in the UK.