WayForward Readying Mighty Switch Force for Wii U
Hot off the heels of our interview with eShop-loving developers WayForward, scans from the latest issue of Nintendo Power have revealed that their Mighty Switch Force title is getting an HD remake for Wii U. The article says that the game will feature all the content currently released for the 3DS version; however, there might be something new thrown in as well, though WayForward can’t confirm anything at this point.
Mighty Switch Force HD will take advantage of Wii U’s features in several ways. First of all, all the sprites are being redone for the HD visual, and the GamePad’s screen will emulate the 3DS’ second screen, though the whole experience can be played on it as well. WayForward is hoping to have the game ready for Wii U’s launch, the release date of which is still unannounced.
Source: GoNintendo, Nintendo Power
Sakurai Discusses Next Smash Bros.
Nintendo’s Smash Bros. series has been a slow moving franchise, releasing one game per generation but rewarding patient fans with massive increases in content and gameplay. From one entry to the next, Nintendo has added more and more characters, stages, modes, items, and just about everything else imaginable. As successful as this formula has been, longtime series mastermind, Masahiro Sakurai, doesn’t necessarily think the series can maintain its momentum without something changing.
Sakurai detailed his thoughts in the latest issue of Nintendo Power, saying:
It isn’t a matter of ‘if the next game has 50 characters, that’ll be enough.’ There is a certain charm to games that have huge casts of playable characters, but they tend to have issues with game balance and it becomes very difficult to fine-tune each character and have them all feel distinctive…. In terms of quantity, we’ve probably already reached the limit of what’s feasible. I think a change of direction may be what’s needed.
What this new direction will be remains a mystery, so we will just have to wait and see how Sakurai and Namco Bandai plan on changing things up.
Source: Nintendo Everything, Nintendo Power
Sony Finalizing Gaikai Takeover
Leading up to E3, many rumors were making their way around the gaming world about Sony announcing a big investment in cloud based video game streaming, possibly by acquiring Gaikai, who is already one of the larger players in that market. It turns out these rumors were completely accurate.
Sony has announced that it will soon be the proud owners of Gaikai, for a mere $380 million.
“Sony Computer Entertainment will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices,” said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.
On the surface, this announcement appears to just be Sony jumping into a growing market, but this could ultimately be much more significant. Many within the industry foresee cloud based streaming ultimately expanding into the console market, and maybe even one day completely supplanting it. Considering the growing prominence of digital distribution, the increasing cost of hardware and software development, as well as the expanding availability of high speed internet connections, these theories definitely have merit. By acquiring a business already well versed in these technologies, Sony could very well be taking the first steps down this road and giving itself a distinct advantage.
That’s all the news for today, what are your thoughts? Will you be picking up Mighty Switch Force on Wii U? Think that Smash Bros. on Wii U is going to be the high point of the franchise? Let us know in the comments’ section!