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serplux
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(03-28-2013, 12:20 AM)
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From Nintendo's GDC website:

The Nintendo Web Framework is a development environment based on WebKit technologies, supporting application development on the Wii U system using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. It also supports the Wii U GamePad controller, Wii Remote controllers, and JavaScript extensions such as video playback. With the Nintendo Web Framework, development times will be reduced and Wii U applications can be easily developed using common Web technologies. Combining the handy Wii U GamePad, the TV screen, and the Internet, the potential exists for the services and games you are developing to progress by leaps and bounds.



A couple of tweets:

https://twitter.com/Duckols/status/317035928378019840

It looks really slick, and the editing tools have a publish button that sends the build right to Nintendo for approval

https://twitter.com/GameplayDev/stat...35939446808576

Nintendo's Wii U Web Framework talk was very interesting. HTML5/JavaScript applications can be easily created for/ported to Wii U.

https://twitter.com/pkollar/status/317044964787900417

Yeah, presentation focused on apps at first but then confirmed they want it to work for games as well.

https://twitter.com/DatBoiDrew/statu...52084220489729

Super Ubi Land is a HTML5 based game so this announcement of Nintendo Web Framework is amazing! Things should be a lot easier for porting...

Originally Posted by KillerTravis

Seems like you can port iOS games with the push of a finger using this free software:

Note: The conversion is actually done through Intel, not Nintendo.

Originally Posted by Oddduck

Nintendo put up a form for any developers interested in doing Wii U development with Unity, Javascript, or HTML5.

https://gdc2013.nintendo.com/sign_up.php

They'll contact you after GDC is over.

You can choose whether to make free, commercial, or web applications (or games) for Wii U.

Last edited by serplux; 03-28-2013 at 02:25 AM.
Sapiens
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(03-28-2013, 12:21 AM)
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Cooool.
NotLiquid
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(03-28-2013, 12:22 AM)
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This kind of sounds like XNA done right.
neptunes
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(03-28-2013, 12:22 AM)
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Wait, so you can develop WiiU web apps without a DevKit?
Volotaire
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(03-28-2013, 12:22 AM)
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this sounds really handy
olubode
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(03-28-2013, 12:23 AM)

Originally Posted by neptunes

Wait, so you can develop WiiU web apps without a DevKit?

I believe you still need a dev kit, but they themselves are not cost-prohibitive.
GulAtiCa
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(03-28-2013, 12:23 AM)
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Awesome. This will become useful for me later on if/when I apply.
erpg
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(03-28-2013, 12:24 AM)
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I imagine Construct 2 and Stencyl will be getting a little more business with this announcement.
chubigans
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(03-28-2013, 12:24 AM)
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That sounds like an awesome set of tools. Wow, really blown away that this is coming from Nintendo!
metalslimer
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(03-28-2013, 12:25 AM)
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Now these are the kind of things i like to hear
Oddduck
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(03-28-2013, 12:25 AM)
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Nintendo put up a form for any developers interested in doing Wii U development with Unity, Javascript, or HTML5.

https://gdc2013.nintendo.com/sign_up.php

They'll contact you after GDC is over.

You can choose whether to make free, commercial, or web applications (or games) for Wii U.
frankie_baby
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(03-28-2013, 12:25 AM)
i've just thought, shouldn't things developed with this be capable of running while a game is home menued?
Subtle
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(03-28-2013, 12:26 AM)
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Nice. Logo looks cool.
Respawn
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(03-28-2013, 12:26 AM)
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Browser based games on WiiU?
Bony Manifesto
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(03-28-2013, 12:27 AM)
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I don't quite get it... Isn't all this supported in the Wii U's web browser already?
Oddduck
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(03-28-2013, 12:27 AM)
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I would guess that the people who would benefit the most from Wii U supporting HTML5 is anyone who is making games in Construct 2 engine.
Berordn
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(03-28-2013, 12:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Bony Manifesto

I don't quite get it... Isn't all this supported in the Wii U's web browser already?

This lets you publish applications using web technologies instead of just Wii U Browser compatible web pages.
Diddy Kong
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(03-28-2013, 12:27 AM)
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Great!
dwu8991
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(03-28-2013, 12:28 AM)
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Does this mean more Apps for Wii U ???
KillerTravis
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(03-28-2013, 12:28 AM)
Seems like you can port iOS games with the push of a button using this free software:

Last edited by KillerTravis; 03-28-2013 at 12:32 AM.
DMPrince
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(03-28-2013, 12:29 AM)
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sounds like HTML5 version of bastion incoming.
Keyouta
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(03-28-2013, 12:29 AM)
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Sounds cool, it's nice a simple and easy to use system has been put in place. Very good turnaround from Wiiware and the like.
Grampa Simpson
(03-28-2013, 12:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by KillerTravis

Seems like you can port iOS games with the push of a finger using this free software:

Holy fuck.

Really.

Holy fuck.

Now all we need is automated android conversion.
Glass Rebel
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(03-28-2013, 12:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by KillerTravis

Seems like you can port iOS games with the push of a finger using this free software:

Heh, this actually is really cool.
GiantBreadbug
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(03-28-2013, 12:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by Grampa Simpson

Holy fuck.

Really.

Holy fuck.

Now all we need is automated android conversion.

That was my reaction verbatim. Awesome stuff all around.
Meelow
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(03-28-2013, 12:31 AM)

Originally Posted by Oddduck

Nintendo put up a form for any developers interested in doing Wii U development with Unity, Javascript, or HTML5.

https://gdc2013.nintendo.com/sign_up.php

They'll contact you after GDC is over.

You can choose whether to make free, commercial, or web applications (or games) for Wii U.

That...will be so handy in the future :D
electricpirate
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(03-28-2013, 12:32 AM)
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Interesting, it also opens the WiiU up for frameworks that can compile to javascript/HTML5 for multiplatform titles. For example, I think GameMaker stuff can go straight to HTML5.
olubode
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(03-28-2013, 12:32 AM)

Originally Posted by KillerTravis

Seems like you can port iOS games with the push of a finger using this free software:

This is amazing. I need to see working examples
Azure J
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(03-28-2013, 12:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by Oddduck

Nintendo put up a form for any developers interested in doing Wii U development with Unity, Javascript, or HTML5.

https://gdc2013.nintendo.com/sign_up.php

They'll contact you after GDC is over.

I want to fill this out, but I'm broke as fuck, don't have any real programming experience and don't have people local to myself to work with. What to do...
enzo_gt
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(03-28-2013, 12:32 AM)
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Pretty damn cool, but I doubt this will gain much ground, much like browser-based gaming on PCs already.

If they had some sort of dedicated portal for this stuff, that might help.
needlejuice
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(03-28-2013, 12:32 AM)
Does this mean that iOS apps can be converted for use on Wii U?
radioheadrule83
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(03-28-2013, 12:33 AM)
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If they only had a non-approved-dev submission pathway and store, I'm sure they'd get a lot of applications and smaller games that take advantage of this. Stuff like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Aviary, 3DTin, GrooveShark, even Angry Birds - it all exists in some HTML form.
Maztorre
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(03-28-2013, 12:33 AM)
Haha holy fuck, developers can now pretty trivially port their entire iOS lineup over for the GamePad.

EDIT:

Originally Posted by radioheadrule83

If they only had a non-approved-dev submission pathway and store, I'm sure they'd get a lot of applications and smaller games that take advantage of this. Stuff like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Aviary, 3DTin, GrooveShark, even Angry Birds - it all exists in some HTML form.

Yeah, the only barriers left for release are ones imposed by Nintendo once this comes online. Would definitely make the eShop way more active than probably any other console storefront, the number of potential releases (even if filtered by Nintendo) would dwarf the relative trickle of content that comes out of XBLA/PSN.
Last edited by Maztorre; 03-28-2013 at 12:38 AM.
Bony Manifesto
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(03-28-2013, 12:35 AM)
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Originally Posted by Berordn

This lets you publish applications using web technologies instead of just Wii U Browser compatible web pages.

So it's sort of like packaging the web browser and the site into a single app that developers can distribute through the eShop?
VinLAURiA
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(03-28-2013, 12:35 AM)
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Hot damn. Nintendo's seriously pulling out the big guns for indie support. I already knew about how they made eShop development easier, but this kinda stuff is fantastic.

Have we ever seen stuff like this on 360 or PS3, by any chance?
ratcliffja
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(03-28-2013, 12:36 AM)
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That's really cool, but developers will still need to account for the different touch screen types... if an app requires multi-touch, they'll need to adjust for that. Otherwise, this should greatly increase the Wii U app count, which in turn will be a good selling point for the system.
Zero148
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(03-28-2013, 12:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by KillerTravis

Seems like you can port iOS games with the push of a button using this free software:

damn, that is amazing. I hope this will be used, then there will be a ton of games and apps on the e-shop oO
Kevtones
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(03-28-2013, 12:37 AM)
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whoa


this is a pseudo-ton
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Kingven
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(03-28-2013, 12:39 AM)
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mmm interesting... a new opportunity to expand for Nintendo... Blue Ocean, Red ocean, App Ocean?
Sandfox
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(03-28-2013, 12:39 AM)
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This could potentially be cool with all the support iOS and mobile is getting.
frankie_baby
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(03-28-2013, 12:40 AM)

Originally Posted by Bony Manifesto

So it's sort of like packaging the web browser and the site into a single app that developers can distribute through the eShop?

basically yes, people like apps
CengizMan
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(03-28-2013, 12:40 AM)
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This is a golden opportunity for Nintendo.

No puns about Unity intended
Grampa Simpson
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Originally Posted by radioheadrule83

If they only had a non-approved-dev submission pathway and store, I'm sure they'd get a lot of applications and smaller games that take advantage of this. Stuff like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Aviary, 3DTin, GrooveShark, even Angry Birds - it all exists in some HTML form.

I wonder what the breakdown is - java, flash, html5, javascript.
DaBoss
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(03-28-2013, 12:42 AM)
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Originally Posted by frankie_baby

basically yes, people like apps

Well that is pretty damn cool.
needlejuice
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(03-28-2013, 12:42 AM)

Originally Posted by Sandfox

This could potentially be cool with all the support iOS and mobile is getting.

The reasoning behind the GamePad is becoming clearer.
Mrbob
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(03-28-2013, 12:44 AM)
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This really does seem pretty sweet. Has anybody gone to their booth and tested it out?
MrT-Tar
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(03-28-2013, 12:44 AM)
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I knew Nintendo was keen about attracting this tier of developers, but I really didn't expect .

Say what you will about Nintendo and their online strategy, but I'm actually really impressed by what they are doing as of late regarding indies (and that is something I really couldn't have predicted saying last generation).
majik13
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(03-28-2013, 12:45 AM)
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things are getting intresting
wildfire
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This is pretty awesome news actually.
radioheadrule83
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(03-28-2013, 12:46 AM)
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I've only just actually clicked this link...
https://gdc2013.nintendo.com/sign_up.php

They do actually have a field where people can state they are completely new to development... You may not have to be a certified / experienced dev to start playing with this. Certainly not to get some more information at least!

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