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5th Cell Explains Lack Of Nintendo Characters In 3DS Scribblenauts

Posted by Shaan Joshi

It all comes down to 'timing'

Just yesterday, Warner Bros. Interactive announced that a handful of characters from the Mario and Legend of Zelda series will be featured in the upcoming Wii U version of Scribblenauts Unlimited.

However, the 3DS version of the game won't be getting in on the action. While an official explanation for this discrepancy wasn't provided by Warner Bros., Jeremiah Slaczka, creative director over at 5th Cell, explained that it was a matter of 'timing'.

To quote IGN:

“Timing,” Slaczka told IGN. “The 3DS version was already finished and moving into manufacturing (cartridges take longer to produce) by the time the deal was signed with WB & Nintendo.” After the deal was signed, Slaczka adds that “only the Wii U and PC [versions] remained and obviously Nintendo would only want their IP on their platform.”

As for other franchises, Slaczka added that "it's just Mario and Zelda for now" but that "there's plenty of characters and other goodies to discover within those universes." He said that "many unique objects" are included from both franchises and that the characters are "just for fun. Though it's up to the player on how they want to solve a puzzle, so it's possible they could use Nintendo characters to do it."

Slaczka also noted that "this deal happened pretty late in development so we didn't have time for locations" and once again confirmed that the Nintendo characters cannot be modified by adjectives, as "understandably Nintendo is cautious about letting other games use their IP. So for now their characters can't be modified."

You can hang out with Mario and friends when Scribblenauts Unlimited releases on November 18.


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BenAV said:

I was always planning to get the Wii U version anyway, so whatever.



Sjoerd said:

@BenAV You live in a PAL region too, right? Do you know anything about a PAL release? Apparently it's not a launch title. Most retailers in the Netherlands say it's for a 31dec release.



BenAV said:

I'm not really sure what's going on with the PAL release to be honest.
EB Games here has it listed as a launch title (meaning to talk to them about it when I'm in the city during the week), but I don't think I've heard anything concrete to suggest whether it will or won't be.
If it's out at launch then it's one of three titles that I'll definitely be picking up.



k8sMum said:

couldn't the nintendo characters be added to the 3DS version thru DLC??



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@k8sMum It probably could but the problem is it doesn't appear to be much in the way of content to be charging as DLC in the first place. Maybe once they get around to adding locations (if) they might release the whole thing as DLC with the characters.



Auracle said:

Ah, so that's why they didn't add them to the 3DS version. Understandable.
@k8sMum I believe DLC could greatly benefit Scribblenauts. Think about it: somebody finds a word that isn't in the game. 5th Cell could release that word as DLC.



sinalefa said:


Why should they charge? Look at Wayforward giving whole Mighty Switch Force levels for free. They can do this here as well.

Still, more incentive to get the Wii U version and to get a Wii U, which will help the new console. So if they add it to the 3DS version, it would be wise to wait a while.



TingLz said:

@sinalefa So because one company is giving stuff for free, they all should? What a wonderful world you live in. Let's all get free stuff!



k8sMum said:

That's a nonsensical attitude for a situation like this one. It would be better to release these ninty characters for free than make 3DS users who have supported the game all along feel like orphans.



allav866 said:

What's funny is that in the original Scribblenauts, you could type in "Weegee" and get a plumber.




Actually 5th Cell use DLC on their iOS version of Scribblenauts Unlimited. That is merely a port of DS Super Scribblenauts with better visuals but its easier. Anyway, having played 3 versions of the game, I wanted a different experience of it - the Wii U one. Cracking series

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