Nintendo announce a number of major franchises for the next generation console as well as another Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2, which came as a surprise.
Nintendo went all out on their next generation console during their recent press conference where they announced the release dates for the Wii U as well as the pricing. However, those announcements were expected, but there were a few surprises as well, especially when it came to a certain game and news relating to the controller itself.
Starting things off with the controller and it turns out that the Wii U’s pad will not be sold separately upon release. Instead, consumers will have to contact customer support for a second member of the family to have a controller of their own.
The controllers are also set to be on the pricey side with initial conversions, from Japanese Yen to US Dollars, estimating that a single Wii U controller will cost over $100 US.
As for the surprise on the gaming front, it turns out that Bayonetta 2 is set to be a Nintendo Wii U exclusive. The game will be produced by Atsushi Inaba, with the original game having been created by Yusuke Hashimoto.
The game represents the second third-party exclusive for the Wii U and by second, we mean the only one that will attract core gamers. The first was Ubisoft’s ZombiU, but Bayonetta 2 will bring a well-known series exclusively to the Wii U. It may not bring the most business to the console but it will add a nice incentive for anyone looking into the Wii U.
As for Black Ops 2, Activision confirmed that the game would bring the authentic Call of Duty experience to the console and that it would run at 60-frames-per-second and that too in full HD.
How exactly the game will make use of the second screen remain to be seen in the level of detail one expects, but Black Ops 2 should bring core gamers to the console who are looking for the next generation experience.
Lastly, THQ also confirmed that Darksiders 2 would be making its way onto Nintendo’s next-gen console as well. The game was announced with what many have termed as an impressive trailer, which is the only way to go if one wants to make a memorable impression.
The announcements helped the Wii U as the console’s pricing, especially when one considers purchasing a second controller, did not wow fans as much as Nintendo would have liked. The manufacturer also pointed out earlier that they did not intend to cut the price much in the future either.
Nintendo will be hoping that when consumers get their hands on the console then it should sell itself, a risky strategy but one that could work.