The Wii U Speculation Thread V: The Final Frontier

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Rösti

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Welcome to the fifth iteration of the Wii U speculation thread! We have reached May and E3 becomes less and less distant for every day. On the 5th of June 9:00 AM PST, Nintendo will finally unveil the Wii U in its final form, a revelation we've been waiting almost a year for. Up until then, this thread is for sensible discussion and speculation about rumors and news surfacing regarding Nintendo's next generation console. Be nice and beware of the Nintendo ninjas.

If you for some reason have missed what Wii U is all about, you can in a relaxed manner watch Nintendo's media briefing at E3 2011, where the system was first unveiled:

E3 2011 media briefing: http://media.nintendo.com/e3/_ui/videos/E3_06072011_Nintendo_Press_Conference_English2.mp4
Demonstration: http://media.nintendo.com/e3/_ui/videos/HW_demo.mp4
Software lineup: http://media.nintendo.com/e3/_ui/videos/HW_sizzle.mp4

And here are the past threads:

Speculation thread 1
Speculation thread 2
Speculation thread 3
Speculation thread 4

General

  • Third parties: Several new, previously unconsidered alliances/partnerships with third parties.
  • Communities: You haven't seen the last of them!
  • Retail title downloads: 3DS and Wii U both support digital download of retail titles, but... they still aren't quite sure how to implement it just yet.
  • Item billing: "We should not decline third parties if they want to offer item billing" (paying to unlock content).
  • DLC: Still planning to offer DLC (possibly talking about their own software), but needs more time to complete its feasibility study on the market and its needs.
  • More sharing: "Digital will include user to user communications and sharing" (More social networking integration? More Swapnote-like apps? More emphasis on Streetpass/Spotpass?).
  • Better-paced software + DLC: Nintendo has learnt that it shouldn't have stagnant periods between software launches: can fill the gap, and DLC can extend the life of a title.
  • Asia: Planning products for Asia, local partners (WiiQue U?) yet to be announced; still issues of copyright.
  • Miyamoto still around, Iwata angry at Wired. "Miyamoto is saying his basic work is to create a big hit."
  • Collection of quotes about Wii U's hardware (thanks Oddduck)
The Rumours

  • Nintendo is targeting, at a bare minimum, 1 GB of RAM.
  • Nintendo is working to optimize popular third party engines.
  • The amount of RAM used for the OS is "surprising". Could change with optimization.
  • ViviTouch is providing some kind of haptic controller experience to Wii U
  • Wii U's thumb sticks are clickable.
  • Wii U could launch in Q3 (July-September) of 2012
  • Wii U supports Unreal Engine 4
By BlackNMild2k1:

Rumour Consolidation 2011
Rumour Consolidation 2012

Information on Nintendo Network


Wii U:
  • User accounts: Wii U will have individual user accounts, rather than one system-wide account.
  • NFC: Near Field Communication ("touch" data transmission from accessories, credit cards, etc... sort of like QR/Streetpass combined) will be built-in.
  • Online: Miyamoto: "Network has to have a totally new concept to be different."
Latest news stories


Nintendo licenses Havok, Gameware for Wii U
Nintendo no longer using 1T-SRAM. Puts how BC is achieved in question.
Aliens Colonial Marines has so much more to offer on Wii U
Nintendo on Wii U Power: “We don’t focus on specs”
Anonymous dev: Wii U games look just as good as PS3, but are still less capable. AI, physics likely to suffer
Ubisoft wants to be the no. 1 third party publisher on Wii U
“RE6 will not be available at this time on the Wii U”
A video of Rayman Legends Wii U version leaks onto the net
Nintendo facing Wii U trade mark opposition in England
Wii U IS a next generation system
New version of the Wii U Remote shown by TT Games

The Games


- Confirmed games in development:
  • 1001 Spikes (developed by Nicalis, publisher unknown)
  • Aliens Colonial Marines (developed by Gearbox Software, published by Sega)
  • Assassin’s Creed III (developed by Ubisoft Montrea, published by Ubisoft)
  • Avengers: Battle for the Earth (developed by Ubisoft Quebec, published by Ubisoft)
  • Batman Arkham City (developed by Rocksteady Studios, published by Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Ben 10: Omniverse (developed by Vicious Cycle Studios, published by D3 Publisher)
  • Cloudberry Kingdom (developed by pwnee Studios)
  • Darksiders II (developed by Vigil Games, published by THQ)
  • DiRT (developed and published by Codemasters)
  • Dragon Quest X Online (developed by Armor Project and Square Enix, published by Square Enix)
  • F1 (developed and published by Codemasters)
  • FIFA 13 (developed and published by EA)
  • Ghost Recon Online (developed by Ubisoft Singapore, published by Ubisoft)
  • Just Dance (not exactly confirmed, but mentioned by Ubisoft in an earnings report)
  • Killer Freaks from Outer Space (developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, published by Ubisoft)
  • Lego City Stories (developed by Traveller's Tales, published by Nintendo)
  • Marvel Pinball (developed by Zen Studios, publisher unclear)
  • Metro: Last Light (developed by 4A Games, published by THQ)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (developed by Team Ninja, published by Tecmo-Koei)
  • Pikmin 3 (developed by Nintendo EAD, published by Nintendo)
  • Pinball Arcade (developed by FarSight Studios)
  • Project CARS (developed by Slightly Mad Studios, publisher unknown)
  • Rayman Legends (developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, published by Ubisoft)
  • Super Smash Bros (developed by Project Sora probably with help from other teams, published by Nintendo)
  • Untitled project by Monolith Software
  • Untitled Rabbids project (developed and published by Ubisoft)
- Rumoured games/studios working on Wii U software:
  • Activision (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Treyarch, Vicarious Visions, James Bond 007 game)
  • Bandai-Namco (Ridge Racer, Tekken)
  • Bigben Interactive (multiple titles)
  • Bloober Team (multiple titles)
  • Capcom (“Action game” listing)
  • Crytek (Nottingham team has Wii U SDK, and they're excited about it)
  • Deep Silver Inc. (multiple titles)
  • EA (Sports titles, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Overstrike, Visceral Games)
  • Empty Clip Studios (has Wii U SDK)
  • Funbox Media Ltd (multiple titles)
  • LucasArts (action/adventure title, MMO)
  • Longtail Studios (has apparently a Ubisoft project in the works, Monster Party is mentioned)
  • Maximum Family Games, LLC. (racing title)
  • Pipeworks Software (Board Game/Family Game)
  • Rebellion (multiple titles)
  • Retro Studios (Nintendo)
  • Sega (Sonic, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed)
  • Shin'en (has Wii U SDK)
  • Techland (probably porting Dead Island)
Thanks to all who have contributed to making these threads a good source of information regarding Wii U.

PS: Some things will be updated in this thread. Work in progress.
 
#8
I shudder to think how many Wii U threads will have been gone through by the time it launches.

Surely you guys should keep the numbering system going until launch.

I reckon you can hit at least 60.
 
#16
Okay.. before I start the new thread's survey, there's some unfinished business from the last one..

Wii U Speculation Thread IV's Survey Findings
Most popular release date:               November 18th
          Second most popular?             November 11th

Mode price:                                           $300
            Second place:                            $350
            High place:                                $399 (upper SKU)
             Low place:                                 $279
Mean price:                                            $~315

Mode Bullshit 360-Multiplier:       2.0x
          Second place:                            2.5x
           High place:                                 12.0x
           Low place:                                  1.2x
           Oddball place:                            i  (yes.. the imaginary number)
Mean Bullshit 360-Multiplier:       2.4x

E3 Surprises
haptics
vitality sensor
Zynga/Rovio support
multiple controller supported
Steam
lack of big third-party titles
Retro-developed Zelda
GTA V (at launch?)
F-Zero
Blizzard support
third-party games and killer apps
DBZ-like scanning
Smash Bros trailer
console Zelda trailer
Launch title: Overstrike
 
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Rösti

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#18
Hahaha I like how Rosti just ignored all the silly suggestions and stuff and went straight up. That alone is funnier than all the suggestions.
Since there were so many suggestions, I will simply let a moderator add a tag line if it should become appropriate for whatever reason.
 

Gahiggidy

My aunt & uncle run a Mom & Pop store, "The Gamecube Hut", and sold 80k WiiU within minutes of opening.
#21
I have a question about the NFC in Wii U.

Is it two-way? Can the controller send info to other devices and objects that are compatible?
 

sprsk

force push the doodoo rock
#25
All I ask is that you update the OP with any actual meaningful event in this thread as they happen so I don't have to actually read this thread.
 
#30
This is the one where the N-pire strikes back

Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Monolith Soft Wii U project, Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)
Assassin’s Creed III, Killer Freaks from Outer Space, Ghost Recon Online (Ubisoft)
Lego City Stories (Travellers Tales, Published by Nintendo)
Darksiders II, Metro Last Light (THQ)
Batman Arkham City (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Aliens Colonial Marines (Sega)
Dragon Quest X Online (Square-Enix)
Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge (Tecmo-Koei)
Project Cars (Slightly Mad Studios)
DiRT, F1 (Codemasters)
Does Tekken Wii Successor count? I want it to count!
 

Krev

Unconfirmed Member
#37
The OP is too good for the responses that will come :lol

Good job, bit too serious, but ok
It's Rösti, what did you expect?
Hahaha I like how Rosti just ignored all the silly suggestions and stuff and went straight up. That alone is funnier than all the suggestions.
Haha, yeah.
All I ask is that you update the OP with any actual meaningful event in this thread as they happen so I don't have to actually read this thread.
Oh, trust me...he will.
 
#43
1)  Price?

2)  Release date?

3)  Bullshit xbox360-based Multiplier Equivalent?

4)  Nintendo conference surprise(s)? [

5)  Predict Miyamoto's role/costume/appearance context in this year's show.

6)  Any special MS or Sony predictions?

7)  You know we're going to hear some, umm, interesting excuses from third parties.  So.. what'll be your favorite?

8)  Any special E3 plans/arrangements of your own?  Taking off from work?  Skipping a final exam?

9)  Your favorite bullshit gaming media critique of Nintendo's performance at E3 this year? [

10)  Your own predicted complaint/peeve/angering issue regarding Nintendo's E3 performance this year?

No Launch Day questions this time around.. but in a future thread?  Yes!
 

Gahiggidy

My aunt & uncle run a Mom & Pop store, "The Gamecube Hut", and sold 80k WiiU within minutes of opening.
#46
Good question. They didn't reveal much about how they would use NFC, so we'll see.
Yeah it could be great for kids games where toy dolls would light up and or speak hints when prompted. Imagine clipping a little navi on the end your controller that said "HEY!".
 
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