Axiom Verge launched about a year and a half ago for basically every gaming platform that wasn't Nintendo. This was due largely to the engine in which it was built being incompatible with the software architecture Nintendo uses, but the issue was circumvented for Wii U when the whole game was rewritten in another engine and a 3DS port is even being looked into. The game launches in about a week on the eShop, and Dan Adelman recently explained why he thinks this is the definitive version.
Nintendo World Report recently sat down with Adelman to discuss the game, and one of the questions asked was why consumers should pick up the game for the Wii U. He explained that this version has more features than the others, such as a GamePad map and leaderboards, even going so far as to say that this is the "best version":
In my opinion, it's the best version, and there's a couple of things that stand out about it. First of all, it's the only console version that has a leaderboard functionality for speedrunners. There's a dedicated speedrun mode in all of the versions of the game, but if you get a good time you basically have to record it yourself somewhere. On Wii U, you can compare yourself to the global leaderboard which is very nice for Nintendo fans. The other primary benefit of the Wii U version is that you can always see the map on the GamePad. The whole theme of the game is exploration, so this game compared to a lot of other modern Metroidvania games does not lead you by the hand and tell you where to go next. There's no arrows that point like "Next, go here!", you constantly have to be checking the map to see what have I explored, what have I not explored yet, and so having that always on the GamePad makes it very easy to keep playing without disrupting the action. And of course, the last one is that you have the ability to play off the TV, so if somebody else is using the TV and you still want to play, you can play in off TV mode.
What do you think? Have you waited for this to come to Wii U? Do you think it'll sell well? Drop us a comment in the section below.
Very excited to play this game on the first of September! I hope it also comes to the 3ds!
@Fearful-Octopus I feel like it will, maybe a year from now. But, it'll be N3DS exclusive.
Super excited to finally play this game
Nah. It's cross-buy on PS4/Vita.
@MitchVogel Yeah having this game on the go would be awesome!
@Fearful-Octopus Indeed it is, as I'm sure Ralizah can vouch for as well.
...Okay, I'll stop rubbing it in. I just couldn't resist this time...
...Maybe I'll play some more before bed...while I'm snug under the covers...
...Okay, now I'll really stop.
It's name may not be Metroid, bu this is the Metroid game we deserved for the 30th anniversary.
Er...fine. I'll get it. I need me some games for my Wii U.
I'm excited to try this out, hope to see a review soon - mainly concern will be about game freezing glitches. If there aren't any major issues, it's definitely going to get added to my Wii U collection.
@Fearful-Octopus Which is why I got it on vita
Cant wait to play this but it'll need to wait till October as I'm going for a trip back home next month.When I come back though I'll have Axiom Verge,Shantae,Steamworld Heist and FAST DLC all downloaded and ready to play.
Heres hoping Axiom Verge sells enough on Wii U to warrant a physical release... I'd love for Nintendo to publish an "eShop Select" edition similar to FAST Racing and SteamWorld... (I'd totally forgive Nintendo for completely ignoring Metroid's recent aniversary if that came to pass).
Read: The Wii U version is the best version because ignore the exaggerated price tag and buy it anyway.
The leaderboard is a nice touch, but the mark-up is mad compared to PS4. I'll get this on the Wii U, but I am an unapologetic fanboy. Not too much reason for people with two consoles to go for this.
Wii U version sounds cool but I'm more likely to buy it for the xbox cuz I barely play the wii u now. I passed it to my kids after I beat the games on it. Can't wait for next week! Hope the wii u version does well because I would buy it again on my n3ds.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, bring this to the selects physical range
I already have this on the PS4 and while I enjoyed it I did find it quite difficult at times and I didn't finish it. I'm going to get it again for the Wii U as having off-TV play will mean I can dedicate more time to beating it.
After AM2R I'm definitely hungry for another Metroidvania game.
Basically every system? Hello Xbox one! Got this in an indie box so won't be double dipping, great game though and good news for the few that missed out on it elsewhere.
Could the GamePad functionality be patched into the PS4 version to allow the Vita to act in its place? Or would we just...not do that?
Please come to Japan, please!
Luckily i picked this up just after the Vita version got added as cross buy along with the PS4 version around 3 months ago now, got it on a deal for £8.99 but i may just pick up this Wii U version when i see it on a deal also, for me and many it literally is one of the best games Period of the last few years, 10/10 easily and thats pretty much what alot of reviewers have given this i fully expect Nintendolife to mark it the same aswell as 9/10 is gonna be to low.
im sure ill be playing this next weekend
@XyVoX I love your dancing Mario / MJ 👌
@DoctorOverbuild I did the same thing.
@XyVoX I could see NL giving it a 9/10 because of it's length (Not a bad thing. I don't mind short games as long as the game is excellent).
Been wanting this but I love Metroidvania style games on Wii U due to Gamepad and lovely d-pad. May buy depending on release price.
Also want it on Vita.
@SilentHunter382 TRUST me this is getting a 10.
Love indie developers. Even when large 3rd party developers complain and whine because it's "too hard" to port a game to the Wii U let alone also develop new exclusive gamepad controls, these small indie devs completely show them up and create new definitive versions of games that had already been released. Big 3rd party companies have NO excuses for not developing for the Wii U. If a small indie company can do it, they can to.
This is a great game. All Super Metroid fans should play it.
@SilentHunter382 ??? Axiom Verge is not a short game. Everyone I've spoken to has taken around 20 hours on their first playthrough. Sure speed runners have beaten it at superhuman speeds but my first playthrough clocked around 22 hours. Compare that to Super Metroid which took me 9 hours the first time.
@HydroTendonMan "Exaggerated price tag"?? I bought the game for $20 on PS4. That's how much it costs on WiiU and that's still how much it costs on PS4.
Oh well the Wii U doesn't have many games left so why not get this
I'm all over this. A common complaint is getting lost, so hopefully the perma-map will alleviate this concern somewhat.
Been looking forward too getting this on a Nintendo platform.
I havn't played this and Its a must buy for my Wii U. Anything of quality will be on my Wii U.
It's a pass for me..Since this should have came to the wii u first and im afraid my money is going towards other games ..sorry maybe i'll get this in a few years when it's a few bucks cheap..if you really cared about the nintendo fans you will release it there first...Thanks
So excited this is finally coming to WiiU, been waiting a while and glad they made a superior port while doing so!
@MrGuinea This is one guy. The Wii U release doesn't have to support a 100+ people development team, or even a 10+ people team. These solitary developers are pretty much the only ones who are in any position at all to release on Wii U, and risk the low sales of their game on the platform.
@sketchturner The PS4 version has seen a few sales already, and despite the guy's PR talk, it's certainly the best version. Adelman's record has been stuck on Nintendo PR mode from his recent history. And like somebody said, the PS4 release comes with the Vita version as a crossbuy bonus.
Actually, it could be on sale now. Go check your PS Store right away!
And because of features like this the Wii U version is definitely the one I am getting! You put the effort in, I give the money out, that's how this business relationship works!
They need to get this a physical release on the selects, please please please
Glad I waited, I almost picked it up on PS4 but I can wait a little bit longer for a definitive edition
@SilentHunter382 Like i said fella this IS getting a 10 which it now has received fairly obvious to me really considering its prestige/quality in the gaming community and amongst journalist TBF.
@XyVoX Looks like I was wrong, you were right and glad it got a 10.
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