Nightly News Roundup: 04.18.2012

Of E3 previews, Nintendo bashing, and unlikely team ups.

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 04/18/2012 16:15 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories in the world of Nintendo.

Super Mario and Pikmin to be featured for the Wii U in E3 2012

The Wii U, which is rumored to be coming out in November of 2012, will more than likely be the talk of the town during E3. With this in mind, it’s only natural that they’d have some previews of some games. Today, it has been announced that Super Mario and Pikmin sequels will be on hand for a tech demo for the Wii U.

One of the more intriguing things is that there’s going to be something known as ‘Super Mario Mii‘ in which it’s basically just like The New Super Mario Bros Wii but with the ability to use Mii characters as well. It’s still unknown if this will actually end up a game or if it’s just a demo to show off the Wii U.

No Baldur’s Gate for the Wii U

While most 3rd party developers have been pinning their hopes onto the Wii U, don’t count Beamdog as one of them. Due to the experience of porting MDK2, which was released onto WiiWare, they have decided that they will not follow the other third party developers and has refused to release Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for the Wii U.

Of course, what’s a little video game news without a little Nintendo bashing? Trent Oster said that the system is a bad one for developers and called the Wii “a toy” rather than a gaming system, as if that’s any different. Granted, he may have a point about Nintendo’s strained relationship with 3rd party developers (which has been improving lately), but no need to try to talk smack about it.

The Lourve Teams Up with Nintendo for…Wait, What?!

Nope, that’s not an error at all. In another display of the versatility that the Nintendo 3DS brings to the table of gaming, The Lourve in Paris has teamed up with Nintendo for a new way to experience the museum. Now, instead of the audio tour system, there’s now a bunch of Nintendo 3DSes that act as not only a tour guide, but a map and a museum GPS as well. It brings a new way to experience the museum on your own.

Some may say that this was a ploy to bring in the younger crowd, but the truth of the matter is that the Lourve wanted to innovate further. And what better way to innovate than use the kings of innovation themselves, Nintendo? And who knew that something as highbrow as the Lourve would actually be willing to team up with something considered lowbrow like a video game company (note: not that the news gatherer here believes that video game are lowbrow, it’s just the public perception).

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