Will the Wii U be a terrific flop? There are the doubters and then there are the believers. Count Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games as a believer. In fact, Rein would be shocked if the Wii U fails when it launches this holiday season.
This year will be a big year for Nintendo at E3 2012. Sony has said that they will not present anything about the PS4 this year and Microsoft‘s presentation of a next-generation console is still up in the air – though there is speculation of a reveal. That said, expect Nintendo in full force this year since it has been confirmed that the Wii U will be out by the end of 2012. Could the Wii U mark the end of the world?
Epic Games is responsible for titles such as Gears of War and Infinity Blade and their Unreal Engine supported Batman: Arkham City – which Rein got a chance to play on the Wii U. Speaking with Eurogamer, Rein addressed a number of interesting points – specifically that the Big N is doing some great things with the tablet controller and that parents will be ready and waiting to give kids something new this holiday season.
Rein was pretty enthusiastic, check out what he had to say about the E3 2011 Zelda demo alone:
“Do you remember the Zelda demo they had on it? Would you not buy a Wii U just to play that? Of course you would. That’s what Nintendo is all about. Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content. That Zelda demo was gorgeous and we can do even more than that with Unreal Engine 3. I think it will do great.”
We can’t doubt that Nintendo‘s brand is a staple in the video game industry, since plenty of grandparents most likely call any video game console a “Nintendo” – but third party support does look a little grim, especially with the announcement that the new Tomb Raider won’t be coming to the Wii U. The graphics are pretty limiting on the Wii, but with HD graphics on the Wii U, could we expect Epic to hop on the next-gen Nintendo bandwagon as a third party developer?
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata hopes they can obtain third party support – but analysts are still very skeptical. Mark Rein would love to see Epic content on every console – that is, if they had ten development teams who could provide a special experience on each system. Of course, they don’t, so it’s still unclear just how much Epic action the Wii U will receive.
Ranters, what third-party developers would you like to see come to the Wii U?
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