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Team Ninja Backs Wii U to Grab Attention

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Miiverse could be a "virtual amusement park"

Team Ninja may be the masters of action-intensive games and a rather questionable perspective when it come to in-game character models for women, but it's also a studio becoming increasingly relevant to Nintendo gamers. After all, it was chosen to deliver Metroid: Other M, successfully dividing the fan-base in the process. With Wii U, Nintendo surprised many by agreeing to publish a revamped version of one of the developer's less successful recent titles, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, which promises to take the series back to it's rage-inducing roots.

As a studio with a strong relationship with Nintendo you'd expect it to speak positively of Wii U, yet Ninja Gaiden 3 director Yosuke Hayashi made a point, when speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, that Nintendo's system could have enough all-round strengths to attract a gaming audience.

The biggest difference compared to other Nintendo hardware released until now is that it is not trying to complete with 'only one' feature. Obviously, the Wii U GamePad is a huge feature, but the Wii U isn't only about that. There's the hardware performance, network capabilities and, of course, the titles that fully utilise these aspects. From this all-encompassing gaming ability I get the impression that this hardware could get many people to pay attention to console games once again.

On the matter of Miiverse, which NoA boss Reggie Fils-Aime has described as a "true killer application", Hayashi gave his own perspective of what it could mean for Wii U owners.

The biggest change of direction from the Wii would be the Miiverse. It's usually introduced as a social networking tool, but I feel it has the potential to become a kind of virtual amusement park for game fans. With SNS [Social Networking Sites] making a lot of unique advancements, as a gamer, I am excited to see how the Miiverse will grow within the realm of console games.

Do you see Wii U as an all-round system that can get gamers excited about consoles, or do you doubt that it'll have quite that impact? As for Miiverse, and from what we know so far, do you think it can truly become an entertaining "amusement park"-style feature?

[via officialnintendomagazine.co.uk]

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User Comments (21)

SuperNictendo

#2

SuperNictendo said:

I am excited about miiverse and can't wait to see how Nintendo evolves it over the next few years

MAB

#3

MAB said:

It's all fun and games until someone video calls me while I'm sitting on the couch in ma boxers scratching myself eating chips n gravy :)

Suportedcofe

#4

Suportedcofe said:

I believe that this console will be a big success and Nintendo seems extremely confident so that is a good sign.

rjejr

#5

rjejr said:

"Miiverse could be a "virtual amusement park""

You mean like Nintendo Land? ;-)

I see it more of a college campus coffee house where you just kind of hang and do your own thing, but from what little we've seen so far I really don't have any idea how Nintendo will play this. Though I do think PS3 Home has to be viewed as a model but surprisingly I never see anybody mention it, which makes me think I really have no idea what Miiverse is supposed to be.

FonistofCruxis

#6

FonistofCruxis said:

We've heard this sort of talk from Nintendo and other developers lots of times, when are they actually going to show us what Miiverse is like?

Boo_Buster

#7

Boo_Buster said:

If those of us who are getting a system at launch are fully impressed and get our thoughts out on the web, I think that will play a big part in getting the system noticed in North America (and all over the world). Of course positive word of mouth is possibly the biggest ad campaign Nintendo can hope for, so I'll be sure to let it be known if I am having fun (and I doubt the Wii U will be anything but fun)

FluttershyGuy

#8

FluttershyGuy said:

Did Adam authorize the posting of this article? :p

The social stuff is fine with me as long as it's not all-encompassing and distracting. I don't want to read messages every time I finish a level/die in NSMBU. It needs the option to be turned off. As with every Nintendo system for 25 years, the games are most important to me (after all, it is a game console).

misswliu81

#9

misswliu81 said:

team ninja, dead or alive 5 for wii U please? :-D
but yes, i think if this is handled well, miiverse could well be something special.

arrmixer

#11

arrmixer said:

well I hope the ninja gaiden series comes back with full force with this game.. I really enjoyed the original nes and super nes games...

anyway looking forward to NOV 18th

Unit_DTH

#12

Unit_DTH said:

Metroid: other M was freaking brilliant!! I don't care what anyone says! I remember reading the metroid comic in early issues of nintendo power and samus showing her humanity and weakness often. Other M just brought those human aspects of a bad-A bounty hunter to light! I hope that team ninjas makes a metroid prequal that gives insight into her relationship with the chozo and how she gets the suit!

realistic aspects of a personal struggle into the light for all to see and relate to!

Unit_DTH

#13

Unit_DTH said:

Darn you tablet for hiding my previous thought in mid sentence and then placing it at the bottom of my reply!!!

kyuubikid213

#14

kyuubikid213 said:

I don't know about you, but I liked Metroid: Other M a lot. I would gladly accept an Other M 2 on Wii U.

Anyway, I don't know what Miiverse will do. I sort of expected it to be like my pals and I playing the same game in the same room and commenting on the stage the other is on. If it is a "virtual amusement park," I'll be sure to let you know when I get my Wii U November 18.

DarkNinja9

#16

DarkNinja9 said:

yeah i could see it being a "amusement park" more like a cafe like someone else mention were everyone is there to hang out and do there own thing but also be able to not go any were and still have a chat about the game and such

i could even imagine ppl logging in on the wii u or w/e just to post comments for hours O_o but from my point of view i would find it annoying at times to beat a level in the game and have tons of pop up comments =S unless something funny or weird happened in that level and someone else experience it too

LavaTwilight

#17

LavaTwilight said:

Like a lot of other people here Miiverse atm is sounding just like 'oh that's nice and interesting' instead of being a main feature we'll use and come back to. That said of course, we could find that after getting our hands on it, we wonder how computer games worked without it. Plus, with updates and DLC for the Wii U we could have improvements made to the Miiverse overtime. Ala the photoshop update that was free to download on the Wii.

Samholy

#18

Samholy said:

if i had the money, i would buy it and enjoy it. but unfortunately, i only have money for one home console, and my choice is without any afterthought the next sony system.

I followed nintendo and sony since their debut, and yet the game librairies of Sony always give me much more titles, and awesome quality. Maybe it goes with the fact im getting older, and i need more mature games.
maybe it goes also with the sony exclusives being AMAZING INNOVATIVE MASTERPIECES.

WhiteTrashGuy

#20

WhiteTrashGuy said:

The Wii U will definitely get people interested in consoles again . . . in Japan. Us Westerners are too pig-headed to see true potential. I'm the only one of my friends who routinely used the News and Weather Channels on their Wii's. And to me it was like reading the paper every morning. The MiiVerse looks awesome, I just don't know if people will turn off their 360's and PS3's long enough to really engage it.

blacKnight

#21

blacKnight said:

"As a studio with a strong relationship with Nintendo you'd expect it to speak positively of Wii U,"

I thought Team Ninja's gonna say something bad about Nintendo because of this statement, then,

"yet Ninja Gaiden 3 director Yosuke Hayashi made a point"

This made me think he's really gonna say something bad, but then after reading his comments, it is full of praises! WHAT THE HELL!?

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