During the excitement of E3 we all miss little snippets of information which get drowned out by the Megaton announcements, so head inside for a summary of everything you may have missed…
- Friend Codes will return in some form.
- Shane Satterfield has since tweeted ”Oh yeah, was confirmed to me today that friend codes are gone for Wii U.”
- 3DS software have outsold the DS software in the same period.
- 3DS has reached 70% Internet connection rate.
- Theres an average of 5 online items purchased per 3DS user.
- Wii U home menu includes a recommendation engine built-in, showing users which titles they might be interested in
- Wii U: can access store and communications on smartphones so that you can buy and download content to the console by the time you get home
- “Current share price cannot be sustained, by delivering and communicating hope to rectify, no consideration to go private”
- Nintendo not actively looking into free-to-play games
- No plans for Mario free-to-play game
- Nintendo believes in selling product for value created
- Nintendo won’t compete with Microsoft or others for exclusive franchise support; they want to take advantage of the 190 million Wiimote/45 million Balance Board install base
- No built-in hard drive for Wii U, but USB connections let users use variety of external options like a cheap hard drive
EA are working on several unannounced sports games for the Wii U
Wii U console will only stay horizontal.
”I guess we could make a stand. I think maybe it was because we didn’t want people to think it was a Wii.” Shigeru Miyamoto
Miyamoto may show new IP next year.
“maybe this time next year I’ll have something ready to show you that perhaps will illustrate that idea.” Shigeru Miyamoto
Nintendo’s share price dropped after it’s E3 presentation by 2.68%. Nintendo received a fair amount of negative press from its conference, concentrated on the lack of a truly big and impressive game. To compare, Sony’s shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose by 2.14% overnight, and increased by 3.21% in New York. Ubisoft, perhaps the “winner” of this year’s E3, also jumped by 5%.
More Theatrhythm on the way?
“It’s not confirmed yet, but I do personally hope that I can do something related to theat for other titles, for other games.” Ichiro Hazama
You will be able to transfer any electronic purchases on Wii to Wii U and it also features an account based system.
“You will have an individual account based system. Each member of your family might have their own account.” Scott Moffitt
You can now use two Wii U GamePads at once, no games at launch will feature dual-GamePad controls.
“When you use two, the framerate halfs to 30 frames per second. At launch, we’ll start by offering games that use only one [Wii U GamePad] and then expand from there.” Satoru Iwata
Nintendo will show Wii U games from Japanese publishers at a later date.
“Because I think third-party software lineup for Japan, again the opportunity, along with the announcement of the Release Date and price, such as hard, and would like to introduce, thank you.” Satoru Iwata
Random bits of Information
- Nintendo is publishing Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U, and are helping Tecmo create new and interesting gameplay elements. When the game originally released earlier in the year it received a lot of bad reviews.
- Reggie likes french food.
- Skylanders Giants has been confirmed for Wii U.
- Tomb Raider is now rumoured for Wii U, the rumour comes from Game Informer.
- Bit.Trip.Runner.2 has been confirmed for Wii U.
- Black Wii U unlikely for launch.
- n-Space are making the 3DS version of Skylanders: Giants
- Rayman Origins 3D has been delayed til Q3 2012
- Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed has been confirmed for Wii U
- There is a new WarioWare game coming to Wii U at launch called Game & Wario.
- The Wii U GamePad battery lasts 3-5 hours, and takes 2.5 hours to charge. It charges with the same lead used to charge your 3DS.
- The Wii U comes with a free cradle for the Wii U GamePad.