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Wii U has 'potential to surprise people' says developer

Luke Johnson


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Ahead of the upcoming PS4 release date and Xbox One launch, developers have claimed Nintendo's Wii U isn't out of the race just yet, claiming the struggling console "still has the potential to surprise."

Despite Wii U sales figures topping just 160,000 units in the year's second financial quarter, and retailers beginning to drop the console, experts have predicted that if a few more big name games make it to the platform then the Wii U could surprise many with a return to prominence.

"The Wii U still has the potential to surprise people," Emile Morel, Lead Game Designer on Rayman Legends said in an exclusive interview with TrustedReviews.

"Right now this console still needs a few more games really showing that this console is special, but these games will arrive and will definitely help selling more Wii U."

Echoing a thought already expressed by many gamers, retailers and publishers, Morel has suggested that the Wii U's currently limited appeal is down in large to its small collection of big-draw games.

"In the end it's all about the games and a few titles can make the difference," he said. "As for the potential of the Wii U, I think there are amazing things to do with the Wii U GamePad and this device can help create new ways to play videogames, especially in co-op."

Although acknowledging that games developed for the Wii U run the risk of falling under the banner of 'gimmicky' thanks to the console's touchscreen controller, motion gaming and lack of hardcore gaming pedigree, Morel has claimed that it is precisely this array of innovative possibilities which make it a potential threat to Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles.

"To me, the Wii U really offers new ways to play videogames and that's something every gamer can be interested in," he told us.

Having been on sale for almost a year, the ailing Wii U is to face increased competition in the coming weeks with both the Xbox One and PS4 release date set to hit retailers around the holiday period. The Xbox One price has already been set at £429, a full £80 more than the £349 PS4 price.

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August 20, 2013, 5:03 pm

Might have to trade it in for a PS4


August 20, 2013, 8:35 pm

And pay for multi-player and few other features and to have similar feel as the Wii U then you need to cash out another 100-150 pounds for a Vita. rofl


August 21, 2013, 1:56 am

I wouldn't; at least not right away - all consoles start with little software and the Wii-U should be just passed that just as the PS4 is going through it.

After that they should all have enough for it to be a matter of personal taste.


August 21, 2013, 6:03 am

Yeah I'd wait until after Christmas. See if the other consoles live up to the hype and if Nintendo's offerings are any good..


August 21, 2013, 8:08 am

I would rather buy Pikmin 3 or Wonderful 101 if I were you.


August 22, 2013, 8:55 am

to late for surprises. Lower a price or you need serious luck, Nintendo.


August 24, 2013, 12:33 am

They are right, at the moment, I'm making a Wii U game that's fully focused on turning the GamePad into something different than a:
- Cloned screen.
- Giant Mini Map.
- Item Inventory.

In order to achieve that, the game is Wii U-exclusive.
Almost any game out now use the GamePad, but not in a way to attract more people to it (aka, any of the 3 I've listed above).


August 24, 2013, 10:58 am

Since I have been spending more time kiddy game on my Wii more than my PS3, I will definitely picking up Wii U next year. PS4 is indeed a great system, but it is more like an upgrade gameplay from PS3s in terms of graphics and better fps. I want something new and it's Wii U.


September 27, 2013, 11:21 pm

Wii u all day :)

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