It’s not a secret that a lot of people would like to play a brand new Star Fox game, and it’s also no big news that Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya has previously stated that he’d love to work on the franchise. Platinum Games also has quite a lot of experience developing on the Wii U by now, after Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2.
Yesterday there was a new Nintendo Direct, and usually that means new games announcements. It was indeed, but Zelda fans were expecting the long-waited not-yet-announced new Legend Of Zelda game for the Wii U.
Being a gamer and a Japan-lover is very common, but let’s talk straight, it’s always been a bit of a pain in the ass, especially if you own a Nintendo console.
And now that we’re basically in a new generation of gaming systems, the Wii U is the only home console keeping the region-lock for its games. We’re not here to state how cool are Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for allowing you play import games, but to try to understand the reasons behind Nintendo region policy on both Wii U and 3DS (that unlike its predecessor is NOT region-free either).
Despite the lack of sales, the Wii U is getting new interesting games, at least in its homeland, Japan.
A new Taiko game, called Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U (or 太鼓の達人WiiUば～じょん！), is available in Japan since last week. This is just the latest installment of a long-running series of music games, using traditional japanese drums as insruments, appeared on almos every game system of the last decade.
Following the newest trailer published by The Pokémon Company, seems like the upcoming anime series of Pokèmon will follow the original plot of the first two Game Boy games, Red and Green. The series, called The Origin will be just a spin off, but hey, finally we can get rid of Ash & Co. for a while. Enjoy the trailer.
As you can see from the trailer, it will be aired at the beginning of October in Japan.
But we’re not finished yet. Since there’s the Pokémon Game Show going on in Japan right now, we have another news…or better, rumor. In fact seems like Nintendo has some plans for a new Pokémon game, possibly on Wii U. How we know this? Well, they’re teasing this:
And here’s the entire video from where this pic has been taken (kinda nostalgic!).
So, what’s that…a long waited home console Pokémon 3D RPG?…Stay tuned!
We got bad news guys, especially for you Wii U owners and/or Yakuza fans. In fact last week SEGA released its Yakuza 1 & 2 HD remake on the Wii U in Japan, and that’s good, but guess what…sells aren’t going as expected.
Maybe it’s more appropriate say that the first instalation of the Yakuza saga outside a Sony console is facing proper poor sales; the game didn’t even make in the top 50 chart of the week, selling barely 1800 copies. Yes, just 1800 copies, in Japan.
You already know where we are going to say, right? We can now only assume the worst for the series’ future in the West, starting with no hope for an outside-Japan release of this remake and moreover, not many chances to see Yakuza 5 localized. Why? Well, if the series doesn’t sell in Japan, how can it sell in USA and Europe?
We already told you how The Wonderful 101 looked good when we tried it. Now the release date is approaching and the hype for the last Platinum Games’ title is increasing. Yesterday Hideki Kamiya hosted a very special Nintendo Direct, called -surprire surprise- The Wonderful 101 Direct, presenting and explaining all the features of the game. Here’d the direct in full lenght.
If you don’t have 20+ minutes to spend on this, here’s a shorter video, featuring just the full lenght trailer for the game.
Ah, almost forgot, a shiny brand new demo for The Wonderful 101 is available worldwide to download from the Wii U eShop! Have a nice play!
Today we’ve been to London’s Hyper Japan Summer 2013 (even if with all the rain we took it didn’t look like summer, but hey…finally some chilly temperatures!) and finally we managed to get our greedy hands on one of our most hyped Wii U games of this year, also because, along with Pikmin 3, it is the only remarkable release set for 2013 on the Nintendo’s home console.
We are abviously talking about Wonderful 101, the next big game from Platinum Games, exclusive for Wii U, directed by Hideki “bad boy” Kamiya and produced by Atsushi Inaba.
Unfortunately, like all third-party-Nintendo-console-exclusive, the game isn’t getting the right attention from the media (or from Nintendo, you decide), and that’s a real shame, because we all know how good Platinum games are (ehm…Bayonetta…ehm…Metal Gear Rising), and this is no exception.
We played the only level available at the event, but immediately it seamed pure gold. From the graphics to the gameplay, from the character design to the use of Wii U gamepad touchscreen, everything felt super right. Sure, we didn’t play enough to write a proper preview, that’s why we’re talking about feeling…but hey…we play since we’re born and sometimes we still get it right.
Want a hint? Buy it! Also because it will probably the only good thing to play on Wii U till 2014.
After the recent news about the exclusive collaboration between SEGA and Nintendo for the Sonic franchise, seems like the partnership is quite beyond that. Indeed we also know that Yakuza 1&2 HD is making its way to the Wii U in Japan next August. Already released to PS3, the collection will be hitting the Wii U in August, and will take advantage of the Wii U GamePad via in-game maps and GamePad only play.
For now still no news about a western release of the collection, but since the one for PlayStation 3 is a Japan-only thing (and we’re still waiting for Yakuza 5) it probably won’t make it overseas. But you never know, stay tuned!