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A day before Nintendo revealed a massive new partnership with Sega, an Electronic Arts spokesman told Kotaku that the company is currently not supporting Nintendo’s newest console. In fact, that was company spokesperson Jeff Brown’s complete statement: “We have no games in development for the Wii U currently.”
EA’s then-CEO, John Riccitiello, shared the E3 2011 stage with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to help promote the Wii U. Riccitiello promised to support the system with “great EA content” and, to date, the publisher has released four games on the Wii U: Mass Effect 3, Madden NFL 13, FIFA Soccer 13, and Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
This isn’t the first time EA has withheld support from a system. The publisher famously kept its games away from the Dreamcast. Many have speculated that this move lead to the Dreamcast’s early demise. EA also refused to add online play to their Xbox titles for two years after the launch of the Xbox Live service.
While Brown’s comment to Kotaku were of the “It’s just business” variety, a Software Engineers at EA Canada got personal. Bob Summerwill used his personal Twitter account to call the Wii U “crap” and state that it’s “Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet.” Twisting the knife deeper, Summerwill also wrote, “Nintendo are walking dead at this point” and “It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter.”
The tweets have since disappeared (but have been preserved at Kotaku), but it’s an interesting window into the thoughts of one EA employee. If he’s still an EA employee come Monday morning remains to be seen.
Blizzard has said all along that they didn’t want the console version of Diablo III to be some slapped together cash grab and their appearance on the most recent episode of “Conversations With Creators” reinforces that notion. Production Director John Hight, Lead Console Designer Josh Mosqueira, and Senior System Designer Jason Bender each took turns talking about how Diablo III benefits from the PS4 and why it was the perfect choice for Blizzard’s first console game in decades.
According to Mosqueira, Blizzard wanted to create an “intimate connection between the player and the character” with Diablo III on the PS4 and, to the end, the developer believes “the Controller is king” in this new version. He concludes by saying, “What we didn’t want to do is simplify the experience. [...] What we wanted to do is streamline the experience.”
Lofty goals are great, but direct examples are better and John Hight confirmed that the PS4′s touchpad will be used for inventory management: “One of the things we’re excited about the controller is the touchpad. We think the touchpad’s gonna give a lot of opportunity to make that interface easier.”
I’m still not sure how that little touchpad will work with a DualShock 4 in my hand, but Blizzard’s “Conversations With Creators” episode is definitely worth a watch.
During this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation, the publisher announced that Platinum Games’ superheroic Wii U title, The Wonderful 101, will be released on September 15. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata didn’t have anything else to say about the game today, but he did promise that we’d learn more about The Wonderful 101 after this year’s E3 Expo.
Platinum Games is also hard at work on another Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2. It wasn’t mentioned during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.
Are you looking for a new hunting game for your Xbox 360? How about Hunter’s Trophy 2: America, which is available today on the Xbox Live Arcade. Priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), Hunter’s Trophy 2 even includes the option to play as a hunting dog:
Experience all the excitement of the hunt in America! From brown bear to elk, track 25 different preys in this hunting simulation set in the most beautiful countryside of the USA. Complete 30 hunting plans, play as your hunting dog during tracking phases and take on a friend in Ball-Trap mode!
Serious question, was there ever a Hunter’s Trophy 1?
Mario and Sonic are going to go for the gold once more as Nintendo and Sega announced Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games this morning. The Wii U game will pit Mario and Sonic and all their friends against each other in a wide variety of events such as curling, skiing, figure skating pairs, and snowboard slopestyle. Like the Mario & Sonic titles released for the Wii, Mario & Sonic 2014 will include “Dream Events” that take regular Olympic sports and add a Mario/Sonic twist to them.
Interestingly, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will make use of both of the Wii U’s input methods. Some events will require the Wii U GamePad while others will require a Wii RemotePlus. But some, such as the skiing/shooting hybrid known as the biathlon, will require both controllers.
A release date for Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be announced “at a later date,” but I imagine it’ll be in stores well before the first medals are awarded in February.
New Super Luigi U began life as a downloadable expansion to New Super Mario Bros. U when it was announced back in February. The DLC was all set to transform 82 courses from NSMBU into new levels that played to Luigi’s strengths. The downloadable version is still in development (and will still require a copy of NSMBU), but Nintendo announced this morning (during their latest Nintendo Direct presentation) that New Super Luigi U will also be released as a standalone game.
New Super Luigi U will be added to the Wii U eShop on June 20 and Nintendo has priced the expansion at $19.99. But, if you’d prefer to wait for the disc-based standalone version, it’ll be available in stores on August 25 with a $29.99 price.
Both versions will include Nabbit as a new kind of playable character. The crazy rabbit can’t power up, but he also won’t take damage when he touches enemies. Interesting.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata used this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation to announce final release dates for a ton of upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. But Iwata also revealed a handful of new games, including the next Sonic the Hedgehog title, which will be released exclusively on Nintendeo platforms.
Right now, all we about Sonic: Lost World is that it’s “a new action-adventure platforming game” in the long-running series and that more information will be revealed just before the start of this year’s E3 Expo. The game is actually the first piece of a new partnership between Sega and Nintendo that will see the next three games in the Sonic series released exclusively on Nintendo platforms.
“The onetime rivalry between Mario and Sonic has grown into a friendship that has never been closer,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “These announcements in conjunction with Sega demonstrate the commitment we have to bringing great games to the Wii U platform, and set the stage for our upcoming announcements at E3.”
According to The NPD Group’s accounting of the best-selling games from April 2013, NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us delivered a superhero-sized punch to the competition last month. The Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U fighter zoomed into the top spot, ahead of another April release, Deep Silver’s Dead Island: Riptide. Other new releases were mostly shut out of the top ten, but Defiance, an MMO shooter based on the Syfy show of the same name, managed to make it to the fifth spot.
Bioshock Infinite continues to sell strong, rounding out the top three, and a pair of 3DS-exclusive games scared up spots in the top ten: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (#6) and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (#9).
The full top ten list for April 2013 can be found right here:
1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
2. Dead Island: Riptide (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
3. Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
5. Defiance (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
7. NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
8. Skylanders Giants (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)
9. Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
10. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)