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E3 2012: Iwata Asks Eguchi About Wii U

Posted by Mike Mason

The ideals of Wii U

Satoru Iwata has conducted another of his famous Iwata Asks interviews. The lucky guy on the receiving end of the questions this time is one Katsuya Eguchi, the general software producer of Wii U. Eguchi is perhaps best known as the creator of Animal Crossing and the producer of Wii Sports.

During the 18 minute chat, Eguchi emphasised the importance of Wii U GamePad and what it could do differently. He noted that Nintendo DS and 3DS already have two screens but the advantage of Wii U was that the screens can be moved independently to open up new gameplay opportunities.

Nintendo Land is envisioned as a game that sells Wii U in the same way Wii Sports did Wii, built around the concept of "what if Nintendo made a theme park?" Nintendo experimented with new game experiences and then picked the best ideas: a total of 12, six multiplayer and six single player. After creating the basic gameplay, Eguchi came up with the Nintendo theme park as an environment to unite the attractions, using Nintendo characters to flesh it out. Nintendo Land represents a culmination of Wii U's trials and errors.

Eguchi explained that the uncomfortable experience of gathering a family around a laptop to share online content inspired the web browser. Browser content can always be seen on Wii U GamePad, but when you want to show others what's going on you can use the television — and do it in style, with a curtain that hides the contents until it's prepared properly.

Miiverse came about as Eguchi felt scared to start conversations on the big bad web on existing forums: the worry of spoilers, and the dread of being ignored. Wii U intertwines message boards with games, as if everybody's playing together, giving a sense that you're never playing alone and showing how others are playing without ever leaving the main game.

The conversation finished with a proclamation that Wii U can cater to any player, whether they're playing by themselves or in a group. Iwata sums up this thought delightfully: "It's quite the greedy machine, isn't it?"

You can view the full video here:

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User Comments (16)

Token_Girl

#2

Token_Girl said:

Anyone else wish Nintendo would make a real theme park? How sweet would that be?!

GreenDream

#4

GreenDream said:

Every brilliant designer has their highs and lows...
Creating a gameplay experience, then wrapping it in a separate experience, is indeed a sound method of design. However, "Nintendo Land" has the multi-purpose existence of entertainment product, tech demo, and life experience... for Eguchi, falling into the "Wii Play/Sports trap" came all too easily. Animal Crossing was a brilliant example of how to fold multiple purposes into a game. Perhaps going beyond that is too difficult...

bigpale

#5

bigpale said:

Bundle this with the White WiiU

Bundle Mario with a Red WiiU

Bundle Batman (or some other hardcore 3rd party title) with the Black WiiU

firearrow505

#6

firearrow505 said:

Don't want to talk about this game >__> but @ 4:00 it looks like...like >___> like banjo kazooie nuts anf bolts.

NintyMan

#7

NintyMan said:

I already watched the whole video, and it would be nice if Nintendo Land was a bundled game. If it isn't, though, then I should get it at some point after launch.
@Token_Girl: I had always thought what a Nintendo theme park would look like, so I was pleasantly surprised when Nintendo Land was first revealed

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

I hope NintendoLand is a lot more than what was shown. My first reaction is the 3 Midway levels in Home. They didn't really explain this well. Multiplayer helps in my household, I would really like a game like Free Realms where we can all play together on the couch as well as online. Still, I can't see buying this as a launch title.

Sir_Deadly

#9

Sir_Deadly said:

Is that second pic a theme from Animal Crossing??? I havent played the franchise soo i was wandering!

SonyFACE

#10

SonyFACE said:

does anyone know if nintendo land includes chase mii or battle mii? only then will i be interested.

citizenerased

#11

citizenerased said:

@NINTENDOFACE A version of those, yes. Chase Mii has been given an Animal Crossing make-over. I think it'll be safe to say the Metroid game in the pack is Battle Mii.

Gullwing

#13

Gullwing said:

I believe I'm the only one that feels the urge to see more of the Wii U system menu / OS and boot animation... Why did they just show us the Miiverse and the messaging function? :/

ThreadShadow

#14

ThreadShadow said:

Will Browser kidnap Peach as much as King Koopa?

I hope there is a WiiU Sports in the works aswell.

kyuubikid213

#15

kyuubikid213 said:

I certainly hope Nintendo gives us SOME bundled-in game. I don't care if it is this or something stupid. However, it would be pointless to not include this with each system since they want the player to UNDERSTAND how the GamePad can change the experience...

ennan

#16

ennan said:

Doubt I'd buy this as a stand alone title. Pack it in with the console Nintendo!

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