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Wii U is more indie friendly than Wii ever was says eShop developer

Why Broken Rules is looking forward to releasing Chasing Aurora on Wii U

Wii U is a better console for independent developers who are creating games for the Wii U eShop than the Wii. That's the word from Chasing Aurora developer Martin Pichlmair who told Official Nintendo Magazine what he thinks of Nintendo's new console.

Chasing Aurora is a lovely looking eShop flying game which sees you helping a bird navigate through the Alps. With Broken Rules aiming to release the game for Wii U launch day, it's clear that the company is enamoured with the console.

"I can not talk about the new eShop in detail," said Pichlmair. "What I do know is that Nintendo is doing everything to make this console much more open, social and indie-friendly than the Wii ever was."

Pichlmair believes this is reflected in the line-up of Wii U launch games. "There are people at Nintendo who know where innovative games come from. And if you look at the launch lineup you can clearly see that those people have had a say in it. At the same time, the Wii U with its various controller configurations calls for experimental games of all kinds and Nintendo is always eager to have games make good use of its console's innovations."

Broken Rules will be looking to do this with its asymmetric multiplayer mode which puts one player in charge of the Wii U GamePad.

Look out for our full interview with Broken Rules soon.

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  1. ledreppe Monday 1st Oct 2012 at 12:50

    Another Wii U game I wont experience with the GamePad in multiplayer. I'm sure there'll be a sufficient single player option aswell. All this focus on local multiplayer in Wii U games is good for making use of the GamePad, but not everyone can get 2 or 3 mates around regularly so easily. Why can't Nintendo and other developers of Nintendo systems focus more on online multiplayer like the playstation and xbox. Frankly I find it easier to get together some random online 'friends' through various friend code/username swapping sites than arranging local multiplayer! :x

  2. 5OUNDWAVE Monday 1st Oct 2012 at 13:32

    i have to agree with ledreppe , i'm in the same boat

  3. Argenthor Monday 1st Oct 2012 at 20:12

    i have to agree with ledreppe , i'm in the same boat

    It is great to make the online options available, but quite frankly I'm tired of developers neglecting local play. When shooter games don't have 4 player split screen, or even 2, it is just a shame!

  4. King-BOOm Monday 1st Oct 2012 at 22:59

    i have to agree with ledreppe , i'm in the same boat

    It is great to make the online options available, but quite frankly I'm tired of developers neglecting local play. When shooter games don't have 4 player split screen, or even 2, it is just a shame!


    I think that devs need to study both online and multiplayer, as I, as well, have trouble getting friends to play- meaning online is more for me. However, local multiplayer is a big part of the game, as families and people who regularly meet up will have an awesome time like that. I can't say I've used local play much, but I can clearly see the need for developers to take it more seriously.

  5. HaydnRhys Sunday 21st Oct 2012 at 06:07

    I think that their is way too much focus on multiplayer on the WiiU and not enough on single player. You can't always have a friend by your side and it's sometimes nice to unwind by playing a videogame for an hour or two.

    Take Rayman Legends as an example (although this isn't the only game that concerns me). I am really looking forward to this game because I loved Origins. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but the amount of stuff that can only be collected using Murphy is massive. This would be fine except for the fact that it seems as though Murphy can only be used in multiplayer mode. This means that if you want to save every Teensie or collect every lum then you will have to have a friend with you almost every step of the way. Online multiplayer wouldn't solve this problem either because if you can't communicate with the other person then it is probably going to end with one or other player getting frustrated.

    Don't get me wrong though, I love local multiplayer. The thing that I am most looking forward to about Epic Mickey 2 is the 2 player co-op mode because sometimes it's great fun to get a mate or two round and just have a laugh, but you can't do it all the time and it feels like Ubisoft hasn't even thought about someone who is paying on their own. :cry:

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