For those of you who don’t follow video games as closely as some of us in the media, you might not know that Nintendo held a quick showcase this morning, focusing on what we can expect from the Wii U in 2013. There are a lot of details and things to get to so I will be giving more of a top-level breakdown of what was shown, plus some videos and images of the newly announced titles and features.
First up we have the much talked about Bayonetta 2. Nintendo has yet to show any new footage, and for the most part that doesn’t change here. Instead we get confirmation that the game is still well in development, though they did have time to film this video showing us the development team at Platinum as they work on the game. There is some decent footage of environments and models, but we all really want to see gameplay.
Expected gameplay unveiling: E3 2012
The Wonderful 101
Probably the most prolific third-party title coming to Wii U is The Wonderful 101, developed by Platinum Games. Nintendo confirmed today that it would definitely be hitting sometime between Spring and Summer, and gave us some brand new footage of the title. Not much more is known, but expect this, Pikmin 3 and LEGO City Undercover to be the large focus for the console going into E3.
Virtual Console comes to Wii U Along With OS Upgrades
It is no secret that Nintendo plans to regurgitate their classic games once again on the Wii U. They announced the 30 year anniversary of the original Famicom by letting you know that your Virtual Console library is coming to the Wii U, but not all at once. In fact they specifically said that titles would be released incrementally, and that even if you already own the game, you will have to pay (a discounted) price to own them again on Wii U.
Prices are comparable to before with NES games ranging from $4.99-$5.99 and SNES games going for $7.99-$8.99. If you already own the game on Wii, and are willing to transfer, the prices are NES $1 and SNES $1.50. Wii U owners will also be able to post about these games on the Miiverse, as well as playing them off the controller’s screen.
Nintendo also announced the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign that lets you check out one game a month for the low, low price of $0.30. This sounds like a glorified demo, which in that case I am really shocked. Nintendo was a bit convoluted on the details, so I guess we will see as it does go live today.
- January: Balloon Fight
- February: F-Zero
- March: Punch-Out Featuring Mr. Dream
- April: Kirby’s Adventure
- May: Super Metroid
- June: Yoshi
- July: Donkey Kong
In addition to that Nintendo has also announced that it plans to release two upgrades to the Wii U operating system in Spring, with another following in the Summer. These are focusing on speeding up the system functionality, adding new features and make switching between software and the dashboard much smoother. Only time will tell, and I will be curious to see how large these patches truly are.