Posted on July 26, 2012 AT 06:00am
With the release of the Wii U speeding towards us, assuming the console hits this year as expected, I’ve started thinking about the games I’d like to purchase once the system releases. While I’m incredibly excited for announced games like Pikmin 3, ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros. U, it’s really got me thinking about what hasn’t been announced yet. The new system has some amazing new features that I can’t help but imagine being implemented in some of my favorite series. So let’s take a trip into the imagination of what could be as we look into a couple of games I’d love to eventually see on the Wii U.
Phoenix Wright U:
One of my personal favorite series for Nintendo DS, and any other system for that matter, would be perfectly suited to the new features for the Wii U. Let’s delve a little deeper and see how well this series would adapt to the new console.
If you haven’t played these games, first off drop what you’re doing right now and play them, I’ll be glad to fill you in. Phoenix Wright is a rookie defense attorney who always believes in his clients and will battle it out in court to learn the truth of each case. As Phoenix Wright, you must investigate the crime scene and then use the evidence you’ve gathered to clear your client. The story of each case is well told and consistently has you laughing and on the edge of your seat.
One of the features I’ve seen used quite frequently in already announced games is the ability to aim the Gamepad at the screen for investigative purposes. Seeing this feature immediately brought the Phoenix Wright series to mind. Giving the player the ability to search the crime scenes by holding up the Gamepad would give them the ability to hide more subtle clues in each scene and make the game more challenging and fun. They could also give you the ability to examine items collected as evidence on the screen of the Gamepad. This has already been done in some of the DS releases of the game, but with the added horsepower of the Wii U, they could really ramp up the intricacy of these pieces of evidence.
The series is already accustomed to existing on two screens, so having something useful of the Gamepad would be easy. If you’re in one of the courtroom scenes, the court record could be displayed on the gamepad for easy access during a cross-examination. They could also utilize the some of the features newer to the series on the screen of the Gamepad. , you
In Apollo Justice: Ace Attourney, Apollo’s bracelet gives him the ability to see little tics that people have when they’re lying. This would be another great use of holding the Gamepad up to the screen. In Ace Attourney: Investigations, main character Miles Edgeworth uses logic to combine facts to solves mysteries about the crimes he investigates. This feature would work quite well on the touch screen of the Gamepad as it did on the DS. I’ve also always imagined using the Wii remote to point dramatically during an objection, which would be amazingly fun, but might put some TVs at risk.
It would be hard to argue that this game wouldn’t make an excellent addition to the lineup of Wii U games. Next up is a series that hasn’t seen a new title in quite some time. Created by Enix before they merged with Square, this game is a blast from the past that would feel right at home on the Wii U.
This series, so far, only has two games that have been released. The latest of these came out in 1993, so it’s been about nineteen years since we’ve seen it new. With the multiple personalities of the first game, it would make a great fit for Nintendo’s latest system.
In Actraiser, you play as “the Master”, who floats on a cloud above various cities in the world watching over them. In one part of the game, you perform various miracles and instruct them how to build so their civilization might thrive. Think of it as an extremely simple version of Sim City. The other portion involves getting rid of the evil that plagues the land through some platforming action sequences.
It was the two different parts of the game that made me first think it was a good match for the Wii U. The city-building portion of the game seems like it would be well-suited to being controlled via a touch screen. You could trace the direction for the citizens to build, manage and direct where to use miracles and smite minor foes that damage the buildings or citizens with a quick touch.
Likewise, both the power of the Wii U and the versatility of the controls could lead to some great action sequences. After building up the cities, a need for you to intervene to eliminate some evil could arise and have you traveling through the area. Switching from the touch screen to the analog sticks would be seamless and they could modernize the action a bit. They could take this part of the game in any number of directions and implement great additional features involving the touch screen, holding the Gamepad up to the screen, combining the Wii remote with the Gamepad or any other of the awesome possibilities at the disposal of the Wii U.
These are but a few of the games that have passed through my mind when thinking of what might be amazing on the new system. Alas, neither of these have been officially announced as of yet, but we can all still hold out hope. Are there any series out there that you would like to see on the Wii U?
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