Nightly News Roundup: 09.19.2012

Worrying news about Rayman Legends single player, Reggie says no one buys white consoles anymore, and a new trailer for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.

By Katharine Byrne. Posted 09/19/2012 23:45 Comment on this     ShareThis

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Rayman Legends single player only controls Murphy?

A question that’s been plaguing everyone’s lips for quite some time now is whether the stunning Wii U launch title Rayman Legends will work as a single-player game. So far, nearly all the footage we’ve seen of the game has featured at least two players– one player controlling Rayman while the other controls new pal Murphy via the GamePad.

Well, in a developer demo with Nintendo World Report, lead game designer Emile Morel was asked that very question: “Can you play this game alone with just the GamePad, having the computer control the extra features?”

“Yes, you can,” he said. “You play controlling Murphy with the GamePad and on the screen of the TV (and also on the screen of the Wii U GamePad). You have an automatic Rayman controlled by an AI. Basically you have to open the paths for him, you have to kill enemies for him, to make sure he survives, so you’re basically the protector of Rayman.”

Whaa? To be fair, I think we’d all rather play as Rayman— you know, the main title character– than his floating froggy chum, but Emile continued, saying:

“In these [music] levels […] you can’t play as Rayman, you have to play as Murphy. But the whole game is not like this. You have specific levels for Murphy and the GamePad and also more classic levels when you are playing as Rayman from beginning to end. […] I would say half of the game… maybe not half of the game but a good portion of the game, you will have to play as Murphy.”

“We want to make sure that when people buy the Wii U and buy this game they can play with the GamePad even if they don’t have friends at home to play with them. It’s important for us that they can use the new device and have the new gameplay experience alone at home also.”

Hmmm… that’s all well and good, but what you do think about just being able to control Murphy at certain points of the game? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo World Report via Nintendo Gamer.

New Ninja Gaiden 3 trailer reveals a new face and a whole lotta gore

Tecmo Koei have released a new trailer for upcoming Wii U slash ’em up Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, and you’ll be quick to notice that it’s not just Ryu Hayabusa who’ll be slicing and dicing come release day; Ayane from the Dead or Alive series will also be getting in on the action. Despite being from a different franchise, she has appeared in previous Ninja Gaiden games, and will be getting her own set of chapters during the single-player campaign.

There’s also online two player co-op to get stuck into as well, where one player can control Ayane while the other takes control of Ryu.

Of course, you’ll also be quick to notice the sheer amount of blood and gore present in this game as well. Those who were unlucky enough to play the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game earlier this year had zero decapitations or dismemberments, but the Wii U version has put them all back in, making Razor’s Edge quite possibly the bloodiest game ever seen on a Nintendo console.

No one buys white consoles in America anymore, says Reggie

When the 3DS XL was released in Japan and Europe, it came in various colours. In Japan, there were red, white and silver; in Europe, it was silver and red. In America, though, it was just red and blue.

So the folks over at IGN decided to talk Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president, to task over this and demanded why they hadn’t been sent a white or silver 3DS XL. Well, these colours just don’t sell very well in America, Reggie said.

“We have launched silver and white coloured GBAs, DSes and DSis and in our [North American] market they don’t sell very well,” he told IGN. “So instead of approaching this lighter-coloured product as a mass [product], we’re going to look at the opportunity on a much more limited basis. You might see a limited-time offer with a white or silver 3DS XL, or we might colourise it slightly differently.

“But in terms of an ongoing SKU, the consumer has responded in our marketplace and said that, for a handheld gaming device from Nintendo, that kind of white or silver doesn’t sell nearly as well as blue or red or even pink.”

Yep, you heard the man– pink consoles sell more than white or silver ones. Who would have thought!? Could this be a clever ploy to get more people to buy the black premium Wii U version as well? After all, pre-orders for the black premium Wii U are selling out like hot-cakes all across the country. The white basic model, however, is still readily available to reserve for launch day…

Source: IGN.

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