At least one developer was surprisingly excited and pleased with the supreme ease of making games for Nintendo’s new platform. In an interview with the Official Nintendo Magazine in the United Kingdom, Sonic developer Steve Lycett had said that creating the game Sonic And All-Stars Racing for the Wii U was very painless.
Lycett admitted going into the process, there are “always surprises and unexpected challenges when you develop on a new console.” Those challenges were not painful at all for the new Wii U Nintendo platform. “The Wii U looks as good as any of the HD platforms. The Wii U has way more memory, so we can take advantage of that with less compression on elements and textures, so it will look all lovely and shiny,” Lycett explained.
Developers all over the world looking to make games for the Wii U will see this as fantastic news. The Wii U have been previous covered in criticism of many saying that the platform wouldn’t be very friendly for developers. There have been even more complains that the “tablet controller” will make the development cycle for games more difficult, especially for some cross-platform titles like the Call of Duty or Assassins Creed. It’s good to hear that a seasoned developer has come out and said that it was very easy to developer for though.
The other thing is, Nintendo still has to deal with the price point of this console, which still has not been announced (though we’re hoping the price point will be released at their upcoming press conference in New York City). It’s almost unheard of in the video game industry that a price point hasn’t been released with the device due to debut in only a few months or has Nintendo has said, “in time for the Holiday season.”
Estimates of what the Wii U will cost have been ranged from anywhere to $300 and $500. Whatever it is in that range though, if it’s more than $250 it will be the most expensive Nintendo console ever. I doubt it will be above $250 because a reader on The Droid Guy has said that the tablet-like controller is not like an actual tablet and the technology to do what Nintendo is doing with it is fairly cheap. That said, if what he says is viable, I think that it’ll stick around $250 at the highest.
Whatever ends up happening with the Wii U, it’s going to be a serious game changer for a lot of gamers around the the world. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how the console works out sales and popularity wise. We can only hope that it’ll do a whole lot better than the Wii and the very low sales of Sony’s PlayStation Vita.
Is anyone excited for the upcoming Press Conference in New York with Nintendo? If pre-orders become available, will you be throwing money down in advance for their new console.
I’m definitely pretty excited about it, I can’t wait to see what it’ll be able to do.
source: TG Daily