Gearbox Software is prototyping Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U, and studio president Randy Pitchford has spoken to Vox Games about its work so far on the next Nintendo platform.

Comparing the upcoming shooter to its current-gen counterparts, Pitchford was glowing about Wii U's potential:

The Wii U version has so much more to offer... no other platform can do what the Wii U can do. If you love 360 games, you are not used to being in a world where you have this new interface. But once you get used to that, you imagine the possibilities; there are some opportunities that are just not possible on any platform that does not have that device.

It's good to hear an experienced developer like Pitchford so enthused about the Wii U's new controller, but how will Colonial Marines use the pad? Pitchford won't spill the beans, but is clearly eager to speak

I don’t want to give spoilers away on some of things we are thinking of or things we have actually implemented already, but a lot of cool opportunities with that device that are going to make a very unique and compelling experience on that platform. We have given a lot of attention. I think it will not be too long [before] Nintendo opens up their kimono a little bit more about that platform and where it is going, we will be there right with them talking about how Aliens is using it.

With 68 days until E3, the wait to see what third-party studios have cooked up with Wii U is nearly over.