The indie developer Dakko Dakko has revealed that they are now licensed Wii U developers and with that they are going to be bringing their game Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails exclusively to the Wii U eShop. The mixes in fast paced shooting gameplay with a rail-riding platforming mechanic. Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails will be releasing later this year.
The following is coming from Yves Guillemot of Ubisoft:
“Regarding Wii U, while we are satisfied by our market share in the US and Europe – at respectively 20% and 27% – our performance was impacted by low-tie ratios. Nintendo has recently announced the coming release of some of their great brands on Wii U, and we believe it will boost its potential.”
Guillemot brings out that some of Nintendo’s “great brands” that they have announced recently are going to boost the potential of the system. When games like Mario Kart and a 3D Mario platformer are released then we might start seeing some better sales. Plus, delaying Rayman Legends to September didn’t help.
The following is coming from Gamestop’s CFO Rob Lloyd:
“We were pleased with the allocation [of Wii U units] that we got through the launch. I think for us, it performed at expectation. I think what what you’re [now] seeing is the interest has not been to the overall level that [Nintendo] had hoped for. And it’s not performing like the Wii did. There are a variety of theories as to why that might be. But among them is there hasn’t been the blockbuster from Nintendo. So Nintendo I think understands the need to have that first-party software available to drive Wii U sales.”
Nintendo needs to release some first-party titles that are heavy hitters for the Wii U. That could include games like Mario Kart, 3D Mario, and Zelda. Hopefully these types of games will get the ball rolling for the Wii U.
Neko Entertainment, the developer of the Wii U eShop title Puddle, stated the following:
“Yes, we are working on several games on many platforms. The Nintendo Wii U will be one of these platforms ! But I cannot tell you more at the moment!”
Now we know that Neko Entertainment is working on “several games.” What those games are we do not know yet, but they are working on the Wii U.
The following is coming from Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid when talking with Nintendo Life:
“I am certain the Wii U will have an excellent future. The writing is on the wall. It is an excellent console. Nintendo has some amazing titles lined up for future releases. Even though Q1 2013 may have had some issues, I predict that the 2013 holiday season will be huge for the Wii U. Nintendo’s campaign for the Wii U has only just begun.”
We really don’t know everything Nintendo has in store for the Wii U towards the end of the year and onward but Watsham seems to be certain that the Wii U will have a great future. This years E3 may have some good announcements for the new system. 3D Mario. Mario Kart. Retro Studio’s Wii U project.
The following is coming from the same person who leaked the spec sheet for the Wii U:
Basically yes was a tight timeline to deliver a quality experience. Nintendo was too tight lipped for too long. Believe it or not EA plans its iterative titles about a year in advance, so when you are planning a new SKU to support and you have nothing but big question marks you tend to worry.
This person says that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is definitely not coming to the Wii U but the next game after that “is a different story.” If this source is right then Tiger Woods PGA Tour 15 may actually come to the Wii U.
It has been announced that the game The 90′s Arcade Racer will indeed be making its way to the Nintendo Wii U eShop. Nicalis is going to be taking care of the publishing for this game. This game is actually a Kickstarter project and it has been successful. It is good to see the Wii U eShop getting some more support.
The following is coming from Clive Moody who is the Senior Executive Producer at Codemasters:
“It works brilliantly, having played it. I think it is the future. I mean, you’ve got to look at what’s happening in the world of mobile, you’ve got iPads, Surface just came out from Microsoft. I think you’re going to see a lot more of that cross-over.”
It is good to see developers praising the Wii U because that means they may be more open to develop for it. Moody of Codemasters seems to feel that the Wii U “is the future.”
The following is coming from Frozenbyte:
Thanks, we may bring future games to Wii U as well, we have enjoyed working on it. Our next game Splot might be a good choice (there are some technology related things we need to solve first, so it won’t happen instantly). Our next “big” game will be a 2014 release so there’s a lot of time until that, and we don’t yet know which platforms we’ll release it on (it could be PC-only)… we’ll see. Thanks for the interest in any case!
Frozenbyte has revealed that it “might be a good choice” in bringing their game Splot to the Nintendo Wii U. They state that it wouldn’t come to the Wii U “instantly” because there are some technological things they have to figure out. Either way, we may be seeing Splot come to the Wii U in the future.
The following is a statement from EA:
We’re currently focused on delivering a great Tiger Woods PGA TOUR experience for our fans on the Xbox 360 and PS3, where we have a great opportunity to connect fans to the real world of golf and each other. We don’t have any further platform announcements at this time.
EA is not confirming that they are going to be bringing Tiger Woods PGA Tour to the Nintendo Wii U. EA says they are focused on making it great for the Xbox 360 and PS3, but they “don’t have any further platform announcements at this time.” Maybe EA is not bringing Tiger Woods to the Wii U because of that whole rumor about Nintendo not letting EA to bring Origin over to the system.