It has been revealed that Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform engine and development tools, has entered into a worldwide license agreement with Nintendo to provide a version of Unity which supports deployment to the Wii U.
Unity is popular game creation engine highly-regarded in the mobile sector, and whilst it has only powered a handful of minor Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 games it has been used extensively on iPhone and Android for mobile and also PC games.
Recently Unity was ranked #1 for mobile Gamasutra's game developer technology survey, topping the list with 53.1% of developers reporting using Unity.
"The rapid growth of incredible games coming from the experienced and talented developers in our community makes Unity the new development platform of choice for AAA console developers," said David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies. "Nintendo's unfettered access to Unity will produce a wealth of insanely good games from knowledgeable Nintendo developers and the Wii U deployment add-on will create an amazing opportunity for our massive community of developers to showcase their incredible creativity on one of the most anticipated and innovative gaming platforms to date."
The extensive licence deal will see the tools becoming available to Nintendo and third-party developers as well as Unity's 1.2 million registered developers.
This could provide a massive boost for Nintendo's faltering WiiWare platform and attract a mass of successful mobile developers to step up into living room style game development. It also gives Nintendo new options to quickly create games with a tool set that is well known by a wide pool of developers.
We've heard little details around what Nintendo has in mind for its online store on Wii U, presumably called simply "eShop". Having spoken to many WiiWare/DSiWare developers over the past few years it's clear that Nintendo need to make some drastic changes to their approach to get anywhere near the success seen by Apple's app store, hopefully this is the first step in that direction.
Have you played any games recently on your mobile that you feel could make the jump to Wii U?