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Wii U Version Of Mighty Switch Force Much Harder Than The Original

Posted by Andy Green

The difficulty has gone into hyper drive

When you get your brand spanking new Wii U home on launch day and dive into the eShop, you’ll find a sidescrolling puzzle-platformer called Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition; it's a game 3DS owners will be more than familiar with seeing as it's an enhanced port of the 3DS eShop title, Mighty Switch Force!.

According to WayForward, the game’s developers, the Wii U version of the game will be more than just a simple port and will offer gamers a much greater challenge — something that drew criticism for the original game. Speaking to Polygon, Austin Ivansmith — the game’s director — explained the team’s reasoning behind the simplicity of the 3DS version, saying it made the game easy enough to be completed by the studio’s owner Voldi Way, who admits to being “horrible at video games”.

With the original 3DS version we wanted anyone and everyone to be able to complete [all of] the incidents. We spent days going over the final stage alone, and cut a decent number of block arrangements and spikes to make the game easier. As a level designer, it was hard to 'kill my darlings' the first time around.

This inevitably made the game quite easy to complete, something WayForward decided to rectify with Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition on Wii U. The new version has the same 21 levels the 3DS version had, only this time each one will have an alternative ‘Hyper’ mode which will be much more challenging for the player to traverse.

If you're going to be a completionist and beat every single level that's in this game, you're going to be a very talented Switch Force player. I no longer have to run this game past our owner; if he can't beat the level, I feel like I've done my job.

WayForward has developed a plethora of games for Nintendo ever since it positioned itself as a ‘developer for hire’ in 1997, with such titles as A Boy and his Blob on Wii and the upcoming 3DS game Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, and Ivansmith was quick to mention the great relationship the studio has built over the years with the Japanese video game giant.

We really like Nintendo — there's just something about our vibe and the games we make that just gels with the Nintendo fanbase and the community.

WayForward continues to grow at an astonishing rate, so much so that their ‘indie’ label has all but worn off now. The studio may still be relatively small in size but its games often continue to be just as immersive as those made by much larger developers.

I don't think many people think of us as an 'indie' developer, because we do so much work for hire. We put everything we have into our games, and we make games that we think rival really big productions for the consoles they're on. They end up being very ambitious, and not art house, smaller projects that you might see out of Thatgamecompany or other places.

On top of all this, Ivansmith even teased us all by declaring that the studio will soon be announcing some "exciting" new projects that might take a few people by surprise in their direction. So, what do you think of the upcoming Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition? Are you looking forward to showing off your platforming talents and beating every single level in this new version? Let us know your thoughts.


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pntjr said:

OMG FOOOOK!!!!!!! Literally I'm not even CLOSE to finishing the 3DS game, so I can't get this.



MrWalkieTalkie said:

"We really like Nintendo — there's just something about our vibe and the games we make that just gels with the Nintendo fanbase and the community."

No kidding. You guys just have that "Nintendo" vibe going on that makes gamers like me smile!



Retro_on_theGo said:

I LOVE the name. Hyper Drive Edition. So effing cool and creative. Way better than all these lame "Wii U edition" games coming out at launch.
This sounds cool. I hope we continue to get more Mighty Switch Force in the future. It's the only game I truly enjoyed from WayForward. Patricia Wagon is awesome! I'll definitely double dip when I eventually get a Wii U.



RR529 said:

Man, if I ever get a Wii U, I'm definitely getting this! Loved MSF! on 3DS.

I also totally agree with them giving off that magical Nintendo vibe. MSF! felt like playing an enhanced SNES title.



MetalKingShield said:

Whilst I very much like Mighty Switch Force and will probably buy the Wii U version, I'm genuinely surprised to hear some thought it too easy. The last handful of levels were very challenging and I can only get the "Par" for the first twelve or so.



Wonder_Ideal said:

My brother really liked the 3DS version so this will be a Wii U eShop game that I will likely get.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Neh, I've alreadt beaten the 3ds game. Not worth another dip just for hard level. Sorry folks.



Mollutje said:

Mighty Switch Force wasn't thát easy.. sure it wasn't too difficult to beat the levels, but doing so within the time limit required some quick thinking at times. I'm probably not getting the Wii U version, as the 3D felt really important to the game's overall atmosphere. Plus, an additional difficulty setting's just not enough incentive to buy the game again. I will say though that I really loved it on 3DS and I'm looking forward to future WayForward games.



TrueWiiMaster said:

As many times as I died on that last level (the original, before the extra levels were added) I never would have pegged it as easy. The other levels probably, but not the last one.

Either way, this is looking pretty awesome. I don't know if I'll be downloading it this year since I already own it on the 3DS, but it's definitely something I'll be watching.



KAHN said:

the original had only 16 (easy) stages, and the game took up too much memory on my 3DS. i wont even touch this with a stick.



SheldonRandoms said:

I sometimes play Mighty Switch force just to listen to the music, I might have to get this sometime later, also I noticed in the title, the first letters of Hyper and Drive spell HD, well played Wayforward, well played.

Also I wonder what the next Mighty game in the series will be, maybe something like "Mighty Ninja Stealth"



Haxonberik said:

Not really interested, I already cleared the original completely on par time, and I don't think I'm paying to play this game on another console. It was pretty good the first way around.



Taceus said:

Will be double-dipping when it comes. Loved MSF, especially the soundtrack. Level 16 is torture, yet what we got is 'easy'. Bring it on



antipop621 said:

I love Wayforward and I support them as much as I can, but I've never finished any of their games without looking at a guide at least once. I finished MSF, but will hold off on the HD version for now.



ohhaime said:

I thought that the game already had a great difficulty level. It wasn't really hard just to beat but beating the par times provided a pleasant but not crushing challenge.



ArcanaXVI said:

I'd rather be able to download the hyper levels for the 3DS, but I may well snag this anyhow.



Araknie said:

I'm hearing people saying Wii U is for casuals...oh no i'm wrong, it's fading away.



shingi_70 said:

I'm looking forward to the remix soundtrack to all the levels.

Will def double dip when I get a wii U.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'm not sure whether to get the 3DSware version or this version after I eventually get a Wii U as the 3DSware version looks like it makes really good use of the 3D but this has another difficulty setting.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Getting the par times was the most fun in Mighty Switch Force. The levels were designed just right for that.
But it's WayForward, so of course i'm looking forward to see reviews of the Wii u edition.



Henmii said:

So Mighty switch force was easy?! From what I have played so far, it doesn't feel that way!!

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