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E3 2014: Devil's Third Confirmed As Wii U Exclusive

Posted by Damien McFerran

Ex-Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki is now working with Nintendo

Former Team Ninja boss and Ninja Gaiden chief Tomonobu Itagaki has revealed to IGN that his next game is coming to the Wii U as an exclusive release.

Being developed by Valhalla Game Studios and running on the same game engine as Darksiders II, Devil's Third is an action title which mixes ranged and close combat. It will also boast online modes, a level editor and customization options.

It was previously announced by THQ, but its status was uncertain when the publisher folded last year. Nintendo has stepped in to handle those duties now.

Speaking to IGN, Itagaki said that Nintendo "really understood my vision, so I felt I really had to work with them."

This is quite a surprising move for Nintendo, as Devil's Third isn't what you'd call a traditional Wii U title. Are you excited about the news? Let us know with a comment. But before you do that, be sure to watch the trailer below, which dates from the game's original announcement (hence the inclusion of the PS3 and Xbox 360 logos at the end, and the THQ logo at the beginning).

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Mega719 said:

I said it before but going to again Tecmo Koei should just work for Nintendo they have too much of a great partnership. For the trailer looks cool never heard of it until now great Nintendo has warmed up to Mature games



kendorage said:

another game to buy, or at least consider? awesome. glad nintendo helped get this type of game on the wii u.



GrimSh said:

I love that Nintendo isn't afraid to market games such as this or Bayonetta for the Wii U. Forget the hardcore vs. casual crap. Just bring on more good old, quality games for the console!



Judah_83 said:

guy with the X scar on his face a'la full metal alchemist semi-villian reminds me of the lead character in the disaster day of crisis series. too bad it never came state side



Shambo said:

Another blow from Nintendo on the dead bodies of MS en Sony? Well, the 'I hit dead people' achievement in Timesplitters Future perfect comes to mind, together with the fact that this is AWESOME NEWS! Nintendo really pulled it off this time, I've always been a happy Wii U owner, but now I could cuddle up with my gamepad to sleep. Not literally, of course. The footage reminded me of No More Heroes meets Madworld meets Ninja Gaiden itself. How could that go possibly wrong, when those are some of my favourite games ever, combined in one, on my favourite system?




Nintendo won E3

Zelda, star fox, Bayonetta 1 included with B2, hyrule warriors, mario maker, splatoon.





WiiLovePeace said:

No thanks. Far too realistically violent for my tastes. I'm having a hard time convincing myself to get Bayonetta 2, I know I won't be buying this (going by the initial trailer). The level editor & online multiplayer sound interesting but if they don't tone down the blood then I'm not interested.



dr_nintendofan said:

This years game reveals are probably the best I've seen! It has been a while since I've been this exited about multiple titles coming out. It's awesome that Nintendo is saving another title from being lost, not to mention that it is another title that wouldn't normally be something you see on Nintendo. I cant wait to get my hands on Bayonetta 2. I was a huge fan of the first Bayonetta and am really glad that the game will be included.



Excep7ional said:

Yeah, Nintendo won E3 with Microsoft coming in Second. Sony started off strong and ended strong but man that middle segment was cringe worthy. I just knew Nintendo was going to drop bombs, lol well played.



ULTRA-64 said:

Looks good, mature games is something Nintendo needs right now and this should deliver. The graphics and art styles is also going to stand out in the Wii u library. Really pleased by this =)



Damo said:

That trailer has a bottom in it, as well as some bad words. Be warned!



cbkummer said:

I don't personally like these types of games, but a more diverse library on the Wii U is VERY needed and welcome, so I'm glad it's coming!



Melkac said:

Funny enough, according to IGN users Sony won the E3. Over 80% of them voted for Sony, 13% for Microsoft and 7% for Nintendo.

Yeah, I don't even, either.



Judah_83 said:

Its old footage. You see the ps3 and 360 logos on the bottom at the end of the trailer. Im pretty sure visuals will surpass ninja gaiden razor edge. #nintendopush



rjejr said:

Visuals certainly need an update to match similar 3rd person action games Binary Domain, Vanquish and MGR:Revengeance, among others.

I'm interested, could be good, or it could be in the $10 bin in a week. Still good for Ntinedo taking the chance, nothing to lose, and an M exclusive for Wii U.



CanisWolfred said:

Storywise it looks like every brainless action movie ever. Totally an Itagaki game.
Looks good from a gameplay-perspective, though. I'll keep an eye on it.



darthllama said:

Nice to see a game like this coming as a Nintendo exclusive! The Wii U needs to diversify its library so games like Devil's Third, Bayonetta, Xeno X help. Game reminds me of Wet meets Ninja Gaiden.



PokeAl said:

Nah, After that presentation I'll be getting a PS4 to play more grown up games on, WII U can gather dust till Bayonetta and Zelda. then join my closet full of past consoles. Shame after such a good start with Zombi U.



MoonKnight7 said:


Are you talking about just "mature" content? Cause otherwise, it's a complete shame if you think Zombi U was a apex of the Wii U so far.



mamp said:

There were times where the gameplay seemed to look a little clunky. I'll keep my eye out for it.



ricklongo said:

Not at all the kind of game that appeals to me, but I'm super happy to see Nintendo trying to bring in more diversity to the Wii U.



Darknyht said:

Glad there are more games on the console, but this probably will not enter my home. I am very selective what M Rated games come in and this one (like Bayonetta 2) does not make the cut.

Watched the video with the audio off (at work) and could just hear a voice-over in my head saying, "We've got Ninjas!!! Babes!!! Swords!!! Blood!!! Guns!!! More Gore!!! Explosions!!! Violence!!!, More Babes!!!, plus Gory Guts Splattered in Blood!!! What more do you need? Buy now!!!"

Maybe when the Super Ultra Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX plus Alpha Prime edition releases.



Alucard83 said:

I'm surprised at the butt picture here. I thought all were that family website and won't be showing any nudity?



siavm said:

I was expecting this for a while now since they said they had another bayonetta type deal coming. And I just saw the multiplayer they had for this. I definitely want this.



markybbop said:

looks ok but be honest, its no the division or siege thats coming ps4 way. the graphics look crap too



burninmylight said:

I'm already turned off by this game. I have no interest in playing as some Duke Nukem clone in third person. I'll still follow the game and check reviews to see if it can turn around my expectations in the end, but it has a steep uphill battle.



TwilightOniAngel said:

One more thing is nintendo the company that saves games that were never going to be made, and then step in and save them. Cause right now i feel like thats what they are i wonder what other games they can make for the wiiu hmm i dont know like fatal frame.



KillScottKill said:

I get it. People are excited that there's an M-rated exclusive coming to Wii U.

Really though, the gameplay looks clunky and the graphics are way behind. Hopefully this gets a lot of fine tuning before it hits shelves. I'd hate to see a key exclusive get slaughtered in reviews.



RonF said:

As much as I like Nintendo's new attitude financing exclusive games from 2nd party producers, this particular game seems rather weak. In particular, the graphics are much worse than anything else I've seen on the Wii U.



ACK said:

The drums are no doubt the funniest part of E3 so far.

I'm not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. I adore slaying (...with) Nintendo gamers and often lament the lack of opportunity in variety in the available deathmatch-ing options. I haven't seen enough yet either way, but I'm looking the goofy tone and outrageous violence. I hoping they can successfully lampoon American action movies/games in a uniquely contrived, over the top fashion. But as long as I'm killing, I'm having fun... It's all good.

And the graphics won't bother me in the least if the gameplay is fast and smooth. Remains to be seen.



Sean_Aaron said:

Lame as the story is I do enjoy Ninja Gaiden 3 - the visceral swordplay definitely scratches an itch. The question is: how many games like that do I need? If the Wii U was mostly action games like that it would be a bad thing, but one or two a year I can cope with.

Someone remind me why Wii U owners suffer without multiplatform releases from big publishers again?



kyuubikid213 said:

Oh my god. What is this?

I don't have enough money to get all of these games!

Well, I do. I have more than enough if I ride my bike everywhere and stop buying lunch.



CliveWinston said:

looks good to me... and among my favorite games are cartoony platformers... but i won't shy away from this just because of some blood and gore, after all it's just a game...



D2Dahaka said:

Not a huge fan of the obnoxious characters and their design, but the gameplay looks fun. Itagaki is a perfectionist and has a good track record, which makes me somewhat interested.



MadAdam81 said:

Looks crazy, silly and over the top, but it seems to mix good swordplay and gunplay and actual good level design. And multiplayer? Without 13 year old MS/Sony kidbro gamers who ruin so many online multiplayer games? I'm definitely interested in seeing what the finished game entails.



brandonbwii said:

It's second party. Same as Bayonetta. I think I liked the PS360 version better. Oh well, more games I guess.

It's also kinda funny that Nintendo is funding these stylistically violent games. Before, niche titles like this haven't been successful on Nintendo platforms. Heck, they haven't been successful on other platforms either (WET, Bayonetta, DMC, Stranglehold, HoTD: Overkill, No More Heroes).

Far from million sellers but I applaud Nintendo for actually caring for these sorts of games.



QuickSilver88 said:

I am suprised at the reaction to this game......I think it looks bad donkey and the new WiiU video I thought the grafx were much better and main charact more developed. Rarely has 1/3rd person worked well but if they can pull it off this game will rock.



Gamer83 said:

Looks like the biggest Japanese exclusive announced at the show was on Nintendo's console and not the competition as had been rumored. At least that's the way I see it, this game looks awesome.



BoltedArc said:

Pple and gfx I swear, none of these consoles run in 4k or UHD all of the games are in HD just like last gen only difference now they are a little stronger or the ps4 is cause right now its the main console for pc games and free to play but besides that not much difference. Idiots complaining about gfx are probably the main reason we have to wait till next year for games. Devils third looks great stop acting silly over some miniscule detail!



OptometristLime said:


That trailer has a bottom in it, as well as some bad words. Be warned!

Sarcasm? The screen grab at the top of the article also has a bottom, and no where in the body of the article is a warning served about the cuss words. I will assume this oversight is due to e3 euphoria...



Genesaur said:

Oh, Nintendo. You sly corporation, you. Always saving the lost hardcore franchises. Bayonetta 2 wouldn't exist without you, and this wacky new title probably would have faded into obscurity, yet here you are. White Knight, indeed.



Kosmo said:

Completly over-the-top killing? Smells like No More Heroes, which used to be a WIi exclusive. I like it!



ToniK said:

More diversity is a good thing. Unless this turns out bad. Which is totally possible. I'm interested nevertheless.



Mystemo said:

I can see that Itagaki still has his teenage boy mentality going. But the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive games where very well made and stylish so I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. The gameplay looks fun from what I've seen so far and as a huge Nintendo fan it's always very nice to see new 3rd party exclusives.



Meaty-cheeky said:

I'm glad Nintendo is getting a mature IP, but from watching these two trailers I'm not really excited for Devil's Third.



retro_player_22 said:

@Genesaur Nintendo saved Bayonetta 2, Nintendo saved Mega Man, and finally Nintendo saved Tomonobu Itagaki. A heroic effort indeed, now if only Nintendo could save Wii U.



kensredemption said:

@ThreadShadow And yet people who think like you wonder why Nintendo's been in such a slump and had to endure flak from the "hardcore" community over being a "kiddie" console.

Quit complaining. You don't want it? Don't buy it and don't have anything to do with it. You have no right to determine what people want to buy when it comes to their games. M-rated and over-the-top action titles may very well be the one thing that helps to save the Wii U from obscurity, and I for one welcome ANYTHING that will give Nintendo an edge over the competition.

Of course, after E3, the Ponys have deluded themselves into thinking the PS4 stands a chance against Nintendo this year, and Xbots are drowning in their stubbornness hanging onto an already obsolete piece of hardware with only one or two titles worth getting until the end of 2015.



hYdeks said:

I have to admit, I lost my interest in Nintendo because they werent making any games for adults, but games like this and Bayonetta 2 are really really REALLY making want to go out and buy another Wii U (I sold my first cause nothing was coming to it...big mistake now)

Nintendo might not have the most powerful console, but they surely are getting some of the best games! Im very impressed with Nintendo right now.

@kensredemption I think YOUR very deluded All companies had a decent E3 (even though Sonys press conference was BOOORIINNG) and I think all 3 of the consoles will get the audience and sales they deserve.



LawRulesALL said:

@Excep7ional Dude, you absolutely got the words from my mouth, I think the same. That middle segment from Sony... While Microsoft and Nintendo had some diverse and creative software to show and reveal Sony kept it to the "safe zone", showing already stabilished franchises both from them and 3rd party. Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony from best to worse in that exact order.



LawRulesALL said:

Also, this' one of the main reasons I love being a Ninty fan. That's the second title that would go to the "archives zone" if not for Nintendo, and as said in the article, it's not the usual type of game nintendo would normally support, as Bayoneta 2 weren't either



MWGknight said:

I really like the gameplay style I saw in the demo. However, I probably won't buy it because I don't like foul mouths and soft core porn in my games. Unless I hear that there is some way to turn off the filthy content like some games do, I'm not going to waste my money. Sad. Why can't we get an excellent action adventure shooter that isn't filthy? Come on Nintendo. You of all companies could do this.



motang said:

Yep, can't lie I sure am looking forward to this. I do hope Vanquish also makes it way on the Wii U, since Nintendo does seem to have some interest in Platinum games.

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