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A source, who is friends with an engineer at EA, claims to have been given information online plans for Wii U.

This source has reason to believe that EA is looking to make their Origin service a significant aspect of the console’s online plans. If true, players would be able to take advantage of full-on voice/video chat, leaderboards, and comprehensive friends lists.

The source said:

“Many publishers are happy with Xbox Live’s features, but they aren’t happy with how strict Microsoft’s guidelines are. Nintendo went with an open flexible approach with online because when Nintendo asked developers/publishers what they wanted in an online service, that was the number one thing they asked for.”

The rumors don’t end there. Supposedly Valve hopes to bring their Steam platform to the console. EA, however, are “aggressively persuading Nintendo to go Origins exclusive with Wii U’s online so they can gain a competitive advantage over Steam.”

That’s assuming any of this is real, of course. We’ve all heard the “my friend/parent/dog works at X and told me X” story. This round of speculation is interesting, but take it with a grain of salt.

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Update: Added in Dragon Quest X/Monster Hunter Tri G scans.

Killer Freaks from Outer Space is one of the few, original titles we know of that is coming exclusively to Wii U. But, interestingly, the game apparently started out as a PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 project featuring the Rabbids.

Ubisoft Montpellier supposedly came up with the concept in February 2010. Because there were plans to use the Rabbids, the game was initially titled “Killer Rabbids”. The team decided to go in a different direction, and ultimately scrapped the idea of using the creatures.

The funny thing is that the Rabbids’ influence can still be seen in the game. Ubisoft was even asked during a roundtable event at E3 2011 if they influenced the “freak” enemies seen in the current product. A developer responded by saying that although they do look somewhat similar, the beasts shown in sample footage are just one type of “freaks” you’ll encounter in the title. Based on what we know now, it seems that the two creatures share a deeper connection.

Thanks to Kyle for the tip!

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Because the Wii U won’t be ready for another year, much of the console’s launch lineup is shrouded in mystery. Pikmin 3 and Batman: Arkham City are likely candidates, as is Ninja Gaiden III: Razor’s Edge.

According to materials from Tecmo Koei’s earnings presentation, the company is preparing the the game for the launch of Wii U. If they keep their word, the system could have a strong third-party project as the console hits store shelves.

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EA COO Peter Moore recently sat down with Famitsu to talk about all sorts of things, including the Wii U. Moore talked excitedly about the system and teased “extensive” online features for the console.

He said:

“It’s a very exciting machine and I’m glad to see it out there. I mean, a hi-def Nintendo platform! There’s nothing that could make me happier. Its online capabilities are really extensive, too, so we’ll be able to differentiate ourselves from the competition more easily with our sports lineup. We can’t announce anything yet, but what I can say is that Nintendo is a company that’s been producing new types of play culture for years. The 3DS and Wii U have taken on that DNA, so I really can’t wait to see what kind of new surprises are waiting for us.”

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The latest edition of Nintendo Power contains an interview with Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno. Most of the questions focus on Mario Kart 7, but he was asked about a couple of interesting things in particular.

First, the magazine asked if Nintendo has ever considered including characters from other franchises. Nintendo Power was implying that this would be similar to Smash Bros. In any case, don’t count on a roster expansion anytime soon. Konno said, “No, we’ve never seriously considered that.”

Konno was also quizzed on a Mario Kart title for Wii U. He all but confirmed that a new game in the series will be made for the console (surprise!), explaining that he would like “to create a new and enjoyable Mario Kart that uses the unique functions of the Wii U.”

“I can’t get into the specifics, but I do want to create a new and enjoyable Mario Kart that uses the unique functions of the Wii U. Anything beyond that I have to keep secret. Please bear with me for now!”

New Dragon Quest X screenshots

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In the past, Nintendo was non-committal about featuring more than one controller for Wii U. Rumors indicated that technical limitations may restrict the amount of tablets the console could support. But Develop now claims that Nintendo has modified the system so that two Wii U controllers can be used at once.

Develop’s source said:

“Nintendo now know they absolutely need to support two tablets. At E3 they didn’t commit to this, but they know how important it is to make it technically feasible to support two screens. Even if that affects framerate, as a developer and player, I don’t care. It needs to work. Developers will design appropriate games for this. If you’re building a quiz game you’re not going to give a shit about the framerate.”

Two Wii U controllers is likely all we’ll get. Although four tablets is basically out of the question, players will be able to add in Wii Remotes and accessories for multiplayer action.

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