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Friday, April 27, 2012

MY BRAIN. Or, let's talk about the Nintendo Wii U...

Okay, so when I said that there was no video game news, I was obviously a complete idiot. I mean, I'm not going to say there's NO video game news, because there's always stuff coming out for Playstation and xBox... but this is a NINTENDO-fanboy's blog, dammit! I want news for Nintendo! And hopefully, those of you reading up want news for Nintendo, too, because they just dropped a train on the public.

A trailer was recently leaked for Rayman Legends, the sequel to Rayman Origins, for Wii U, featuring some special Wii U features and fun- Players will be able to use the Wii Remote and the Wii U Remote to play, but the Wii U Remote will be able to interact with environments via the touch screen, as well as utilize Near Field Communication by placing objects on the Wii U Remote and transferring their data into the game. Near Field Communication is something that Nintendo pushed for in development of the Wii U Remote- the ability to register data with objects nearby and facilitate the game experience with it- think of what Spyro's Skylanders did with its glorious PEDESTAL OF POWAH, but built into the system instead of being a peripheral. The examples in the Rayman Legends trailer showed the ability to heal characters by placing a heart statue on the Remote, adding Rabbids as enemy(?) characters with a Rabbids statue, and they even hinted at adding Assassin's Creed characters with a Play Arts figure- though I think that was only a hype-builder as I don't believe the Play Arts figures possess NFC data in them.

This is a great sign for Nintendo, especially in regards to their launch- the 3DS launch sucked, truthfully, and a lot of the features of the 3DS were not utilized by developers- except, you know... the whole 3D thing. But Nintendo has really been pushing the features of the Wii U, NFC included, and it's nice to see that developers are interested in using these features. NFC opens up a lot of possibilities for DLC and other marketing tools. But the fact that the Wii U version is getting these added features shows that at least Ubisoft wants to take advantage of the console's abilities, and I'm betting that this title will be one for the Wii U's launch, which was referenced not too long ago as "pretty damn good" by GameTrailers.com editor-in-chief Shane Satterfield. This game adds some weight to that claim, seeing as we were hearing about a lot of Wii U launch titles being updated ports of games that have already been released. This is a brand new title with brand-new functionality in it.

Nintendo also revealed that full-length titles will be available for digital download very soon, namely New Super Mario Bros. 2, which I'm honestly surprised I haven't written an article for already. Digitally downloaded games will be registered under the 3DS that bought them, so you won't be able to lend your friend your copy- so it all depends on how you plan on playing, really. But honestly, it's a very, very, VERY smart move on Nintendo's part and it may just give people incentive to go out to their nearest gaming store and pick up a physical copy. I have no doubt that the Wii U will feature digitally downloaded titles upon launch (LAWLS JUST GOT CONFIRMED I'M A PROPHET).

With Project Cars, the insanely detailed racetrack simulator, and Rayman Legends both appearing on the board- the hype has begun. This is when the most ridiculous of the rumors will be making their appearance, because we're just about a month away from E3. I plan on posting a majority of them, mostly because I enjoy showing others how out-of-control the gaming community is going to get in these coming weeks- but I'm not gonna lie- I'm excited like CRAAAAAZY. We might get some more leaked Wii U news, but even if we don't, I'm going to be writing up a storm about what we should expect, or not, at the next E3.

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