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Renegade Kid "Certain The Wii U Will Have an Excellent Future"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Mutant Mudds 2 looks like it "will be a 2014 release"

Renegade Kid may be a developer best known for Mutant Mudds on the 3DS eShop, but it's a studio with a lot of experience in the industry, with team members working in game development long before the company was formed. As its increasing output on Nintendo's download platforms is also showing — Mutant Mudds Deluxe and ATV Wild Ride are coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShops, respectively — its a small team committed to continuing a healthy relationship with the big N's systems.

We've recently conducted a wide-ranging interview with Renegade Kid's best-known team member, Jools Watsham, to discuss the company's history developing for Nintendo's handhelds and, of course, Wii U. On the subject of Nintendo's latest system, Watsham described himself as "ridiculously excited" about bringing Mutant Mudds Deluxe to the platform, while sharing his personal view that it's a "wonderful console". In general, he believes Wii U's future is bright:

I am certain the Wii U will have an excellent future. The writing is on the wall. It is an excellent console. Nintendo has some amazing titles lined up for future releases. Even though Q1 2013 may have had some issues, I predict that the 2013 holiday season will be huge for the Wii U. Nintendo’s campaign for the Wii U has only just begun.

We did, of course, ask about the latest progress of Mutant Mudds 2, a title that's promised but as yet unseen; Renegade Kid's line-up of releases means that, ultimately, we'll all need to be patient into next year.

We have a lot of projects going on right now, and Mutant Mudds 2 is one of them. But, it’s going to be a while before we can share any more information on it. Due to our busy schedule, it is looking like Mudds 2 will be a 2014 release.

ATV Wild Ride 3D is set to arrive on the 3DS eShop soon, while Mutant Mudds Deluxe is currently targeting a Q2 release. We spoke to Jools about a range of topics, including FPS titles from the DS past and 3DS future, so check back tomorrow for the full interview feature.

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User Comments (20)

XCWarrior

#3

XCWarrior said:

Nice to read a few positive comments. Hey Nintendo Life, how about calling up some other devs and see what they think? I always appreciate stories with quotes. And even better when they are first source quotes and not just found on the internet.

Peach64

#4

Peach64 said:

I think the Wii U's future is very bright. There's no question that sales are low for now, and there's not much excitement for it amongst those that haven't bought one yet, but people are just waiting for the big games.

People have been eager to turn things into negativity when it's not really there.

That EA guy said the Sony and MS consoles will be a lot more powerful than the Wii U and people went crazy, but the guy didn't say the Wii U sucked or they wouldn't be making games for it. Of course they will.

The Activision guy said the console sales were a bit disappointing so far, but again, he never said it sucked or that it was doomed or that they wouldn't be making games for it.

People need to relax and not go looking for a reason to get upset.

Haxonberik

#6

Haxonberik said:

The Wii U still has the market advantage over the next gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, and if the rumors are true, the new Xbox will be kinect centric and internet dependant, which I see as a big flop. My predicted destiny for the Wii U is that it will become an indie game haven.

Cirno

#7

Cirno said:

To be fair I remember the xbox having such early "Gems" like Over G fighters, Sonic 06 and Perfect dark zero.

of course it will have a rocky start, but with the support that they are giving developers, they will find their niche in time.

FluttershyGuy

#8

FluttershyGuy said:

Good to hear of someone having faith in Nintendo. Sometimes, I think Nintendo should do as an article at another site suggested they do. Forget third parties who won't support them. Don't pursue them anymore. Nintendo has been bending over backwards trying to keep third party support since the Nintendo 64 days, with little luck. Maybe they should forget those that are tepid in their support, keep running with developers like Renegade Kid, and overpower Sony & Microsoft with the unrestrained force of the greatest IP lineup in all of gaming. A lineup that is a veritable video game version of the Yankees' famed "Murder's Row!" Then, let your Ubisofts of the world come crawling back on their hands and knees!

ljinkakidd

#10

ljinkakidd said:

If the Wii U is having a rocky start then the PS4 and Nextbox will be trudging over mountains. The Wii U isn't doing that bad it just isn't doing as good as the Wii. That's not saying much considering that in the Wii U/Wii comparison time frame the Wii U sold 3 million and the Wii sold 3.2 million units. If Nintendo doesn't outdo themselves they'll get doom posts, if Nintendo outdoes themselves they get doom posts. I've been around for a while this always happens. I happen to love my Wii U very much and I do see that it has a brilliant future ahead.

astroshamu

#13

astroshamu said:

I think it's always the same with any consoles, First year=fanboys, etc, 2nd year it seems to become more public and people start realizing the difference (or the lack of games for the previous generation)

Svengoolie

#15

Svengoolie said:

I sure hope he's right. I don't think Nintendocan ssurvive without EA and Activision supporting them though... They always port their crappy games to every system, so if they're thinking the port isn't even worth it, that's some bad news.

KnightRider666

#16

KnightRider666 said:

Just put out quality games. I don't care about how long it takes to release them as long as they're done right.

BATRA

#17

BATRA said:

I HEARD THAT SONY PS4 CPU IS 1.6MZG AND XBOX 720 CPU IS 1.5MZG THIS IS SO FUNNY THAT THEY SAY BAD THING TO THE WII U THE WIIU IS THE SAME THING 1.3MZG SO Y BUY A PS4 AND XBOX 720 HA HA HA WII U WILL WIN THE CONSOLE WAR ITS ALL MOST THE SAME THING ITS JUST SO LAUGHABLE THAT PEOPLE NEED THINK THAT THE PS4 AND XBOX720 CAN EVERY WIN COME ON YOU PEOPLE THINK THE WII U WILL WIN OK

SirSmugleaf

#18

SirSmugleaf said:

@BATRA - If you need help taking caps lock off and learning proper grammar I can help (lol)!

Oh, and isn't it great that the Wii U is getting some praise for once!

DerpSandwich

#19

DerpSandwich said:

The future is bright, but I don't think 2013 is included in that brightness. Wind Waker HD alone ain't gonna sell ten million units. There's always the hope that one of the big games featured at E3 this year will be released this holiday season, but it's pretty doubtful.

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