Though Nintendo’s Wii U showing at E3 2012 did not reveal anything mind blowing in the way of first party games for the new system, some comments made by Shigeru Miyamoto related to the Metroid and Star Fox franchises shed light on titles that could be coming to the Wii U in the future – or at least help fuel some healthy speculation among the community.
In a recent conversation with IGN, Mr. Miyamoto said that he believes the Wii U GamePad’s unique features would suit the gameplay in Metroid and allow gamers very unique experiences as Samus Aran.
“With Metroid it’s very easy to imagine some interesting implementation for Wii U. I think that having another screen with the gyro built in really gives you a lot of interesting opportunities for development, and we can bring a lot of our games to life in a completely unique way with that.”
“I feel like the possibilities of the GamePad for Metroid could be really fantastic. There’s certainly a lot that you could do there for that game.”
While the comments Miyamoto made about Metroid seem to hint at a title already in some stage of development, he also revealed what game he would personally like to see come to the Wii U: Star Fox. Miyamoto said nothing further concerning Star Fox, but with developer’s position at Nintendo, there is probably a good chance that Fox McCloud and friends will eventually find their way to the new console.
Miyamoto’s comments should not really come as a surprise for Nintendo fans – as the two franchises are some of the publisher’s heaviest hitters. Both series have substantial fan bases and have seen successful titles released on Nintendo’s most recent systems: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid: Other M on the Wii and Star Fox 64 3D for the 3DS.
News like this at E3 could have helped Nintendo make an actual splash at the show, and while the publisher dropped the ball there, these little tidbits of information are what they’ll need to capitalize on – when hyping their upcoming system.
Miyamoto’s comments about Metroid coupled with the recent comments from Reggie Fils-Amie confirming that the team behind the Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios, are hard at work developing a Wii U title, may be a huge clue that Nintendo fans have sci-fi adventures to look forward to once the Wii U launches.
The Nintendo Wii U is set to release later this fall.