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PAX East 2012 Notes #1: Everything Is Possibly Maybe Coming to Wii U Most Likely

by Neal Ronaghan - April 8, 2012, 11:29 am PDT
Total comments: 7

While no one will confirm anything, people are looking into Wii U.

If there is one takeaway I got from talking to various publishers and developers on the PAX East 2012 show floor, it's that everyone is interested in Wii U, and for those more in the know, they're jazzed for Nintendo to blow the doors off of their next system at E3 2012 in June.

While no one would confirm anything directly to me, games such as Sega and Arkedo's Hell Yeah and Gajin Games' Runner 2 are, at a minimum, seemingly being considered for Nintendo's next system. In the fantastic indie area (the best part of the show floor, in my eyes), almost every developer has an eye towards Wii U's downloadable platform. Some of them are ready to jump in, while others, such as DrinkBox Studios (responsible for the fantastic Vita launch title Mutant Blobs Attack), are waiting to see what happens. If the eShop is any indication of Wii U's direction, the system should be populated with quality, at least as much as Xbox Live Arcade and SEN.

On the other hand, Sega and Gearbox are being downright boastful about Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U. Gearbox' Randy Pitchford is talking up the Wii U game like crazy, saying it'll be one of the best-looking versions of the game and feature wonderful Wii U-specific additions. Assassin's Creed III, which is confirmed for Wii U, looks excellent, though Wii U specifics haven't been detailed yet.

PAX East 2012 was low on Nintendo content. Nintendo and Square Enix's booth were the only two that featured substantial Nintendo system content. However, PAX East 2012 told me, as a Nintendo enthusiast and director of this site, that E3 2012 should be packed, and the future does look bright.


Kytim89April 08, 2012

What I want to know is whether games like Max Payne 3, Resident Evil 6 and GTA 5 will be on the Wii U?

BeautifulShyApril 08, 2012

Is there any more days for PAX East 2012?

TJ SpykeApril 08, 2012

Nope, today is the last day of PAX East 2012 (April 6-8).

BeautifulShyApril 08, 2012

Okay thanks TJ. I guess I can focus on gathering news about it now.

BlackNMild2k1April 08, 2012

" Assassin's Creed III, which is confirmed for Wii U, looks excellent, though Wii U specifics haven't been detailed yet."

so you've seen Assassin's Creed 3 for Wii U? or am I just reading that wrong?

Nope, just ACIII agnostic-system trailer-style. Sorry for the confusion.

EnnerApril 09, 2012

Good that you are hearing nice things from publishers and developers on the show floor.

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