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Wii U RPG Soul Saga Will Turn Your GamePad Into A Steampunk Phone

Posted by Damien McFerran

Can't take your call right now, fighting demons

Soul Saga: Episode I developer Mike Gale has been dropping some more details on the forthcoming J-RPG-style Wii U eShop title, and it sounds like he's got some cool ideas for the console's unique controller.

Speaking to Cubed3, Gale discussed how the GamePad would be used:

I am planning to put the player's cell phone on it. The player will have a smart phone in a steam punk-esque design. You'll get e-mails and messages from your Guild Members and friends around the world, and all that will be right there. So as your'e exploring your GamePad might start ringing and you can answer it. I also want to put the radar and altimeter of the airship on there as well.

With so many developers choosing to ignore the potential of the GamePad controller, it's refreshing to hear Gale's plans for Soul Saga. We've clearly not seen all the GamePad is capable of.

In the same interview Gale also reveals that a 3DS version could be on the cards — but only once he's finished all of the other editions currently in development.

[via cubed3.com]

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User Comments (32)

Smitherenez

#1

Smitherenez said:

Sounds like a good idea. Better then what nintendo came up with for their Mario games...

Owlynator

#6

Owlynator said:

Sounds awesome! I'll be getting both the Wii U and PS4/Vita versions of this!

Araknie

#7

Araknie said:

This is starting to need a boxed release, hope Nintendo gets his meter up about this game.

TheXboxHero

#11

TheXboxHero said:

That's pretty creative! Another reason why the Wii U gamepad is so useful in games! Can't wait to check it out!

Klinny

#15

Klinny said:

I actually really like that idea. What a great way to use the gamepad!

LavaTwilight

#16

LavaTwilight said:

I've not really cared much for this game... trying to get myself out of RPGs, especially those of the J- kind. But that is SUCH a kool use of the gamepad if it means actually people across the world! Why haven't Nintendo thought of that yet?
Maybe it's security issues... who knows...

wober2

#17

wober2 said:

Awesome kind of sounds like a more robust version of what lego city had. Cannot wait to play an rpg on this console.

Ernest_The_Crab

#20

Ernest_The_Crab said:

Seems like an interesting idea. Kind of wish Nintendo could implement something like that for all games; a communication tool that could be delegated to the Gamepad no matter which game you're playing I mean.

Have an option to activate that instead of other Gamepad related functions (you can still have both options just it can replace stuff on the Gamepad if the game doesn't really need the touch screen).

AVahne

#22

AVahne said:

I think I'll get the Wii U version, but a 3DS version sounds interesting. Though, not interesting enough to convince me to get the same game twice.

thepitt

#24

thepitt said:

Um.... wouldn't an RPG made in another country be called something other then J-RPG, like E-RPG or U-RPG. I still don't see any difference between a turn based RPG made in the States compared to a turn based RPG made in Japan.... There's a lot of Japanese RPG titles that aren't turned based.

DarkLloyd

#25

DarkLloyd said:

because anything the western companies make in the rpg department usually put thier own spin on it hence the name WRPG

aaronsullivan

#28

aaronsullivan said:

Nice idea. :) I don't know what people are talking about with the Gamepad not being used well... all the games I own make awesome use of it. Nintendo Land, Sonic Racing, Lego City Undercover, even Just Dance. Even NSMBU is pretty good when doing challenges and with a younger or inexperienced player not to mention playing while someone is using the TV works great. Probably the weakest of those mentioned.

Anyway, this is a great idea.

james_squared

#29

james_squared said:

If you're interested in the game, then I hope you've put in some money to his Kickstarter campaign. There's a great video there too. More money = bigger game!

Dynheart

#30

Dynheart said:

I love the idea! I hope it's executed well enough to make the idea worth while.

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