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Pandora’s Tower Developer Thinks The Wii U Is "Unique" And "Exciting"

Posted by Damien McFerran

Ganbarion is already thinking of how to exploit the console's features

Japanese developer Ganbarion scored a critical success with Pandora's Tower on the Wii, and the company is now shifting its attention to Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U.

Speaking to Siliconera, Pandora’s Tower director Toru Haga was full of praise for the console:

The Wii U is a unique console with exciting features such as the GamePad. We’re currently thinking of fun ideas using these features. For example, we’re thinking of a gameplay idea that uses two screens from different perspectives, like a tabletop RPG, where players could potentially give each other objectives and progress through the game. Or like with Miiverse, where players can share their gameplay experiences easily, we were thinking of a game that focuses on communication.

But regardless of any ideas that we could potentially realize, as a developer we need to focus on how welcoming it is to the players. We took this approach when we were originally only going to use one Wii Remote for Pandora’s Tower. As a developer, we are very interested in challenging ourselves with new hardware, and we hope that everyone will look forward to our next project.

It's nice to hear some positive words about the Wii U coming from a third party developer for a change. We personally can't wait to see what Ganbarion has in store for the system — what about you? Post a comment and fill us in on your thoughts.


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digga said:

pandoras tower was a reaally good game so im looking forward to wat they might produce for wii u



uximal said:

I hope its not going to be a Japan release only, I loved Pandora's Tower, Thanks to operation rainfall.



Xilef said:

Loved Pandora's Tower. Wouldn't mind a spiritual sequel. Wonder if they are working with Nintendo



EaZy_T said:

Always nice to hear about 3rd party devs that wish to support the Wii U. Their ideas seem good, at least they sound creative.



MJKOP said:

Lets see positive comments backed up in a year or so with games. Nintendo will turn the Wii U around, I'm amazed how often they're written off!



TwilightV said:

Got my copy yesterday. If what their describing is like an online version of Crimson Shroud, then i'd be very excited for it.



WiiLovePeace said:

I didn't play Pandora's Tower as its not for me but I can definitely see that the developer has great potential, especially on Wii U I'd love more Crimson Shroud-like awesomeness. Heck, I'd love some sort of RPG that utilises the Gamepad in a special way. Now to just wait to hear more about "X" from Monolith Soft...



MadAdam81 said:

My idea for Wii U would be some DS games on VC, including the first two Pokemon games for DS (forget which ones they are now)..



Nomad said:

Thought Pandoras Tower was legendary. I'll be keeping a close eye on anything Ganbarion does from this point on.



retro_player_22 said:

This game is awesome, the story is so touching and could be worthwhile or sad depending on how the player progress through the game. I love it.



sweetiepiejonus said:

Just bought Pandora's Tower last night. Haven't started it yet but I'm excited to do so.

It is nice to see someone say something positive. I had stopped reading the doom and gloom articles because it's hard to read some of the moronic drivel these "professionals" were spewing then the next dingdong would come lap it up and regurgitate it.

I'm not looking for them to sing praises about it but with how impressionable some people are on the internet the people who aren't even giving it a chance are what is killing it. I only wish more people would think for themselves.



Dpullam said:

This could be interesting. I have confidence that they could create a good Wii U game if given the chance.



Moshugan said:

Pandora's Tower was also ''unique'' and ''exciting'' so I'm totally looking forward to their future Wii U game!



Kaze_Memaryu said:

Pandora's Tower is one awesome game, despite it's minor flaws. So if they like the WiiU, I'm certain that if they develop a title for it, they'll do a great one!



Zombie_Barioth said:

I like the way Ganbarion thinks, trying to come up with unique ideas or interesting concepts for their games. Companies like this are a really good fit for Nintendo/

I'd actually like to see some games use the Wii U gamepad for changing a game's perspective, like how Four Swords Adventure switched to the GBA whenever you went inside a cave or building.

A more obvious but still interesting use would be displaying two different perspectives at once, such as a 3D image on the TV and a top-down/grid-based view on the gamepad.



Solatorobo said:

It seems that Small/Medium sized devs love the Wii U, while the larger ones want to see it die. Hmm...



alLabouTandroiD said:

A game requiring Miiverse interaction to make progress sounds quite interesting. I wonder if anyone can pull off something good with that idea.



AJWolfTill said:

I would love to see another game set in the world of Pandora's Tower! This game showed so little of the world but it was full of magnificent ideas. Then again they can do something completely different and I will still be interested.



Moshugan said:

@Magolor Let's hope that the small/medium sized devs will prosper on Wii U and prove the likes of EA wrong! I welcome them.



raith said:

I completely agree. As you can tell by my icon, it's one of my favorite games, ever. If Ganbarion can expand the mythos and ideas illustrated in Pandora's Tower and release a sequel on Wii-U, better believe that will be a day 1 purchase.

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