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Wii U

Everyone pretty much knew that Nintendo would share any launch related news for the Wii U. The console is at least a year away, so we won’t be getting any details until a few months before the system is ready to ship.

However, Satoru Iwata told Nikkei that Wii U won’t be sold at the Wii’s current price. Shocker, isn’t it? This means that the console will probably cost more than ¥20,000.

In other Iwata news, the Nintendo president indicated that the Wii won’t immediately disappear once the Wii U is out in stores, just like the 3DS and DS situation.

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This information comes from Shigeru Miyamoto…

“As we have been working on the Wii U hardware I have been thinking that it is the perfect system for Pikmin, so we are going to make it on that. Because we have been working on Pikmin on Wii for a while, maybe it won’t take too long for it to be finished.”

I could see Pikmin Wii U being a launch title at this point. Even though it wouldn’t be a system-seller like Mario, it’d be nice to finally see the plant creatures return and get some time in the spotlight. Besides, it’s been way too long since Pikmin 2 was released.

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Confirmed:

  • Pikmin 3
  • Smash Bros.
  • Lego City Stories
  • Darksiders II
  • Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • New Ubisoft FPS IP
  • New Ubisoft multi-sports family IP
  • Ghost Recon Online
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Rabbids

Probables:

  • Aliens: Colonial Marines (showreel – prototyped, considered)
  • Dirt (showreel)
  • Metro Last Light (showreel)
  • Tekken (showreel)
  • FIFA
  • Battlefield
  • Madden NFL

Possibles:

  • BioShock (Ken Levine was a talking head on video at Nintendo conference)
  • Zelda HD (one of the demos)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Mii (one of the demos)

Demos:

  • Chase Mii
  • Shield Pose
  • Zelda HD
  • New Super Mario Bros. Mii
  • Battle Mii

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*Note- this feature article was not written by me. I did not write this. This is not from me. It was written by somebody else. It was written by Jack from GamingEverything.

Day One at E3

After arriving at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA with Laura via bus, Austin, Laura, and I walked into a gigantic line, which we presumed to be the line to determine your place in line for the major company’s demo booths. Since waiting in line is a bit less fun than eating, we decided to check out the media hospitality room to grab some free grub. Unfortunately, we were greeted with another line, and after a thirty minute wait while chatting and taking photos with a cool dude from XboxPulse.com, we received some filling chicken sandwich meals.

Once we got done stuffing ourselves with free food, we hopped on over to the enormous West Hall to see all that Nintendo had to offer. Austin was the only one of us who got to see the Nintendo press conference in person (or at all, for that matter), and since I had been busy getting to the convention center earlier that morning, I had only heard secondhand reports of the goings-on in the Nokia Theater at that point. I was very excited to see the new system in person, to demo all of the announced 3DS games, and hopefully to put my Skyward Sword fears to rest. Once again however, there was a monstrous line waiting for us, so monstrous that we were unable to get hands-on with the freshly christened ‘WiiU’ that day (you’ll be able to see the six hour line in all its glory in That One Show: Episode 17).


Check out this little tidbit from a Kotaku article…

“‘We’re considering our options with maybe two screens,’ Eguchi told Kotaku, who said he considers multiple New Controller games to be ‘an interesting idea.’ That would mean games that used two new Wii U controllers. Eguchi’s five-player prototype, here at E3, has one person using a new controller and four other people using Wii Remote-Nunchuck combos.”

Okay… this kind of contradicts what the Nintendo spokesperson said about controllers not being sold separately. If games with two controllers are made available, how will we be able to purchase the second controller?

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This information comes from a Nintendo spokesperson…

“Both the controller and the console will be sold as one unit. You won’t be able to buy the controller alone.”

Well, that does kind of sound odd to me. The tech demos at this point have only featured one tablet controller, but does this mean we won’t see any multi-tablet games in the future?

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According to Katsuya Eguchi, Wii U discs will be able to store 25 gigabytes of data. As we reported a few weeks ago, that’s triple the size of Wii and Xbox 360 discs. The number is also comparable to the Blu-ray discs that Sony use for the PlayStation 3.

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Did you know that Pikmin is 10 years old this year? Well, it is, and Shigeru Miyamoto actually wanted to launch a new title in the franchise for Wii. However, after spending some with Nintendo’s new console and the system’s graphics, he decided to move development to the console instead. It apparently could be released sooner rather than later.


We’ll have to wait another day for new Wii U news. Tonight’s roundtable event will focus just on the Wii and 3DS. I guess that means we can look forward to third-party Wii U talk and details about the console’s online functionality tomorrow!