A recent patent filed by Nintendo shows a new concept they have be working on, involving a new kind of stylus interaction.
The concept would allow you to use the stylus to manipulate an object on the 3D screen, in this case a cat (cute!). The stylus is tracked by the inward facing camera, so when you move the stylus away from the screen, the cat will appear to be pulled outwards. The stylus would also have a built in rumble feature, so that when you appear to make contact with the cat, the stylus will vibrate (and the cat will purr). Sounds cool, right?
A video has popped up on a German blog that, if real, suggests that the long-delayed Final Fantasy versus XIII, has now become the next installment in the main Final Fantasy series, and will be released for PS3 and Wii U.
The video appears to show the game being unveiled to a group of journalists in a small screening room.
But before everyone gets their hopes up, there is a stong chance that this video has been fabricated.
The dodgy Japanese accent, the old game footage, the reaction from the audience – the whole thing has an air of fakery about it, if you ask me.
Fantastic news for Kingdom Hearts fans; rumor has it that Square Enix are working on a Kingdom Hearts HD collection for Wii U, PS3 and PSVita.
The collection will feature Kingdom Hearts 1, 2, Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, and Birth By Sleep.
Not only will the games receive HD makeovers, there’ll also have new side quests that will tie up the plots of each game, and the Wii U version is said to have added plot connections to the upcoming 3DS game Dream Drop Distance.
If it’s true, we’ll likely see the game announced at E3 in a few days time.
So here’s Nintendo’s latest post on Wii U’s Facebook page – a tease for it’s initial game releases:
Soon?! Could you be more specific please Nintendo! And what does ‘initial’ games releases mean anyway?
Let’s assume this means Nintendo’s first party launch games, and assume Nintendo will be talking about the launch games at E3. Their Facebook page seems like a strange place to announce these games, so perhaps it wont be scratched off before E3, but then to reveal them after the games had been shown at E3 would make the whole thing pointless.
Anyway, word is that there is room for three game titles there, so let the speculation begin!
Until now Nintendo has remained vague on whether their new system will support 2-player tablet usage. Initially, when the Wii U was unveiled last year, Nintendo put an emphasis on 1 player tablet support, with multiplayer gaming restricted to one tablet controller and three Wii remotes. Since then they have said that two player tablet support is something they are considering, but haven’t made any confirmations as yet.
Now rumors suggest that the latest development kits sent to studios feature two controller ports, and internal parts that will allow for two players. However this feature has not become accessible to developers yet.
So games that are in development on the latest dev kits will not currently be able to support two controllers, but the option is there in case Nintendo does decide to go ahead with two-player controller support when it finalizes the system in the coming months.
Nintendo Power has confirmed that the first Castlevania game for 3DS will be a 3D action game that ties into the new Lords of Shadow sequel on consoles.
The news is a little disappointing for fans who were hoping that the 3DS game would be a 2D sprite-based Castlevania, similar to those released for DS.
Here’s some details on the game, provided by GoNintendo:
- deep combat mechanics
- involves Trevor Belmont
- Fight with Trevor’s version of the Combat Cross
- strong attacks with X
- wider-reaching attacks with Y
- secondary weapons like the boomerang-like glaive and electric bomb
- use these with A
- grab enemies with R
- block and dodge with L
- involves light and shadow magic returns
- earn experience points to unlock new combos
- these include launching foes into the air, smashing enemies down to the ground and more
- includes skeletons, axe-wielding undead and more
Below are some low quality scans that give an idea of how the game will look.
A few days ago in an interview with GameTrailers.com, Huw Beynon said the Wii U version of Metro: Last Light was unlikely to be released at the same time as the other versions of the game, but has been in development.
Now it seems that development on the Wii U version has been halted altogether, and may or may not continue.
In an interview with Digital Spy, THQ’s Global brand manager Mark Madsen said:
“At the moment, it’s not in development,”
“If it does happen, it won’t sim-ship with the other SKUs, but if the opportunity arises we’ll take a look at it.”
“As we got along in the development process, we just really wanted to focus on what we knew, focus on PS3, 360 and PC,”
“The verdict is out on what we can do to maximise the code for the Wii U, and we’ll see [what happens].”
- Global brand manager Mark Madsen
THQ has had serious financial troubles recently, so it could be that the added cost involved in implementing features for the new controller presents too much of a gamble for them, especially as the game is not guaranteed to sell well on the Wii U.
Geoff Keighly, a presenter for G4, recently filmed an Unreal Engine 4 centered episode, that will be aired during E3 next week.
Now that he’s privy to a large amount of yet to be revealed information about the engine, he was asked on Twitter whether UE4 would run on Wii U. His answer was no.
This wouldn’t be surprising, if true. The engine is still in development, and seeing as the Wii U will launch in just a few months, it would still be a long time before we see any Wii U games that use even a scaled down version of the engine.
Even the more powerful new Playstation and Xbox consoles that are currently in development, will likely not have games built with UE4 from the start.
This could be disappointing news for many Nintendo fans hoping for true next-gen visuals, but just take a look at the image below. Nintendo will be making games that look at least this good from the start, and the best is yet to come.