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Developer Interview: Broken Rules on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Broken Rules on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Taking flight

While the launch line-up of download-only games on the Wii U eShop features some multi-platform releases or exclusives from studios well-known to Nintendo enthusiasts, Chasing Aurora is potentially in a category of its own. Broken Rules had previously released its highly regarded PC title And Yet It Moves on WiiWare, but may not...

Developer Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Shin'en Multimedia on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Neo beginnings

Shin'en Multimedia is a developer likely to be well-known to Nintendo download enthusiasts, with the company having made multiple appearances on Wii and 3DS, in particular. Some of its releases, such as Jett Rocket and Art of Balance TOUCH!, have been among the best titles on WiiWare and the 3DS eShop, respectively, while the small...

Developer Interview: Neko Entertainment on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Neko Entertainment on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

The cat meows

Neko Entertainment has been ever-present on Nintendo consoles since it was formed in 1999. Based near Paris, France, the developer has created both retail and digital download games for most major systems of the last decade, from Nintendo 64 right through to Wii U. In something of a coup for the outfit, Neko secured a place in Wii U...

Developer Interview: Frozenbyte on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

Frozenbyte on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

A not-so frosty reception

Over the last few months, Nintendo has displayed a significant shift in its attitude towards digital distribution and online in general. On 3DS we've seen the addition of downloadable retail games, a more regular stream of demos and downloadable content for first party titles. Wii U looks set to extend this approach...

Developer Interview: ZombiU Producer Talks About Beginnings, Reactions and Survival Horror

ZombiU Producer Talks About Beginnings, Reactions and Survival Horror

"Some players are not into survival, and that’s totally fine"

In terms of high-profile third-party exclusives on Wii U launch day, ZombiU was comfortably the biggest show in town. While a number of multi-platform titles brought their HD shine to a Nintendo platform for the first time, those looking for a new experience that was hardcore in...

News: System Faults Didn't Stop THQ From Bringing Metro: Last Light To Wii U

System Faults Didn't Stop THQ From Bringing Metro: Last Light To Wii U

Clarification incoming!

We reported last month that A4 Games - developer of Metro: Last Light - had found that the Wii U had a "horrible, slow CPU", with Huw Beynon of THQ elaborating that the console wasn't "worth pursuing at this time". The end result is that Wii U owners aren't going to see the first person shooter on their consoles next year...

News: Nintendo Land Was Originally Going To Feature Star Fox And Excitebike

Nintendo Land Was Originally Going To Feature Star Fox And Excitebike

Developers reveal the ideas that didn't make it into the final game

In this week's issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, the developers behind the Wii U title Nintendo Land have spoken about its creation in a roundtable interview. Interestingly, they revealed that ideas for potential mini-game settings had to be put aside as development progressed...

News: BioShock Creator Has A Wii U, But It's For Pleasure And Not Business

BioShock Creator Has A Wii U, But It's For Pleasure And Not Business

"Nothing is brewing right now"

Ken Levine is a pretty big name in the video game industry. The mind behind such seminal titles as Thief: The Dark Project, System Shock 2 and BioShock, Levine's one of those figures who could potentially make third party support for the Wii U explode if he decided to jump on board himself - but sadly, that doesn't...

News: How A Modified Wii Zapper Inspired The Wii U

How A Modified Wii Zapper Inspired The Wii U

Prototype also impacted the development of the 3DS

With the Wii U launching in Japan tomorrow, the latest edition of Iwata Asks focuses on Nintendo Land, one of the console's most significant first-party titles. During the interview, Takayuki Shimamura from EAD's Software Development Department revealed a prototype Wii Zapper - with a screen...

News: Molyneux: Wii U Is Good, But It's Not Great

Molyneux: Wii U Is Good, But It's Not Great

Industry veteran has "unbelievable respect" for its creator, though

Co-founder of 22 Cans and industry legend Peter Molyneux has already spoken out a few times saying he doesn't think modern day consoles are equipped properly for the ever-changing gaming market. Recently the former Bullfrog and Lionhead boss said he "struggles to see anything...

News: Reggie: Sony and Microsoft Need To React To What Nintendo Is Doing With Wii U

Reggie: Sony and Microsoft Need To React To What Nintendo Is Doing With Wii U

"Faster processors and pretty pictures won't be enough"

The Wii U has its fair share of plaudits but its fair to say it also has an equal share of doubters as well. Since the new console has launched many developers have taken a swipe at it claiming its lack of power will make it outdated and irrelevant once Sony and Microsoft throw their new...

News: Ex-Rare Staffer Explains How He Created A Profanity-Packed N64 Cult Classic

Ex-Rare Staffer Explains How He Created A Profanity-Packed N64 Cult Classic

Chris Seavor spills the beans on Conker, the chances of Killer Instinct 3 and why he left Rare

Conker's Bad Fur Day is famous for its bad language, adult themes and profusion of poo, but it didn't start life as a mature-rated piece of software. Originally intended as a direct sequel to the cute and cuddly Game Boy Color title Conker's Pocket Tales,...

News: 2K Boss Has No Doubts That Wii U Will Be Successful

2K Boss Has No Doubts That Wii U Will Be Successful

"Nintendo always impresses and surprises me"

2K Games president Christoph Hartmann is clearly something of a Nintendo fan, and has made some incredibly positive noises to UK trade publication MCV. Speaking in an interview which goes live on MCV tomorrow, Hartmann was effusive in his praise: Nintendo always impresses and surprises me. The team...

Feature: The Making Of Myst

The Making Of Myst

We speak to one half of the Miller brothers about its creation

Few video games have the ability to polarise opinion quite as sharply as Myst. When it hit shop shelves back in 1993 many critics scoffed at the sedate gameplay and predicted that few people would want to sit through a game that was little more than an ‘interactive...

Developer Interview: KnapNok On Spinning The Bottle For Wii U And Creating Innocent Social Games For Adults

KnapNok On Spinning The Bottle For Wii U And Creating Innocent Social Games For Adults

"Wii U is a revolution of the social space of the play situation"

Spin The Bottle certainly isn't your average run-of-the-mill video game - but then the studio behind it is unique, as well. Spawned from the development hotbed of the Copenhagen Game Collective, KnapNok Games is all about creating unique experiences with modern technology, with a...

Interview: The Team Behind Paper Mario: Sticker Star

The Team Behind Paper Mario: Sticker Star

We speak to the team behind the biggest 3DS title this Christmas

The dust has barely settled on our Paper Mario: Stick Star review, but we're far from finished with Mario's latest handheld outing. Prior to launch we were lucky enough to speak with director Mr Naohiko Aoyama (Intelligent Systems), director and scenario writer Mr Taro Kudo (Vanpool)...

Developer Interview: Nyamyam On Tengami, Life After Rare And Nintendo's Stance On Indies

Nyamyam On Tengami, Life After Rare And Nintendo's Stance On Indies

"I think the hardware capabilities of the Wii U Game Pad are a good match for Tengami"

Last week, we revealed that UK studio Nyamyam was impressed with the Wii U eShop and the potential it offers for independent developers. Keen for more knowledge, we got in touch with Nyamyam's Jennifer Schneidereit to talk about Wii U, Nintendo and Tengami - the...

Interview: The Trouble With The TurboGrafx-16

The Trouble With The TurboGrafx-16

We speak to former TTI Vice President and General Manager about the PC Engine's ill-fated trip to the US

The NEC PC Engine turned 25 this week, and to celebrate the life of this remarkable system we've already taken a comprehensive look at its history. If that didn't satisfy your hunger for NEC-related knowledge, then allow us to offer up this...

News: Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Attracting Around One Million Viewers

Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Attracting Around One Million Viewers

Videos proving popular with both core and casual players

The investor Q&A Nintendo held recently is throwing up all kinds of interesting stories. We already know that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is warming to the idea of smartphones and has intentionally held back Wii U launch titles, and we now have some illuminating figures relating to the...