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Why Sonic Is Exclusive To Nintendo + Pikmin 3 Beats The Last of Us (29/7/13)

July 29, 2013


Today’s blog really has a load of news in, but it was the quickest I’ve written one since World Nintendo News changed to this format around a week ago. Funny. Really proves that things are much more efficient once you have a routine. Anyway, onto the news. 

First of all, Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team, has been talking about why his latest Wii U and 3DS title Sonic Lost World is exclusive to Nintendo consoles. Takashi said that Sonic Lost World was originally developed on the PC before Sonic Team decided which platform the title should be released on. You can see what Takashi Iizuka had to say about this below:

“The Wii U hadn’t been revealed when development began for Sonic Lost World, so we were working on a PC version in order to see what kind of platformer we could make. Then, when we tried to think about which platform would be best for this game, we chose Nintendo.”

I’m not sure they chose Nintendo to be honest. In a Nintendo Direct earlier this year, Nintendo announced that they had made a deal with Sega; this deal meant that several upcoming Sonic games would be exclusive to Nintendo consoles. So, lets be honest, it’s more about the money then console. The game looks brilliant either way, so I’m not to bothered.


Also, Konami are in fact releasing Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Or Winning Eleven 2014 in Japan) on the Nintendo 3DS. This is surprising news, as earlier this year Konami stated that they wouldn’t be releasing the game on any Nintendo console because of the underwhelming sales of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. However, the game is currently only coming to the 3DS in Japan, although the game will hopefully be announced for a European and North American released. If PES 14 doesn’t come to the 3DS, it will be Europe and North American Nintendo fans will not get a new soccer game for the year. This is because EA aren’t making any games for Nintendo consoles, remember? So football (NOT SOCCER) fans will be hoping that Konami do bring this game to the west.

In other news, Pikmin 3 has beaten the critically acclaimed PS3 title The Last of Us to second place in the UK charts this week; you should however take into account that The Last of Us has been out for around a month now. However, Pikmin 3 had to settle for second place, as the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft claimed the number one spot. Other Nintendo games in the top 10 this week are Animal Crossing: New Leaf which moves up from fifth to forth, and Mario And Luigi: Dream Team Bros, which dropped from third to fifth. Still, three Nintendo exclusives in the UK Top 5. We certainly haven’t seen that for a while! You can see the full top 10 below:

2517401-pyw1obr1. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
2. Pikmin 3
3. The Last Of Us
4. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
5. Mario And Luigi: Dream Team Bros
6. FIFA 13
7. Far Cry 3
8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary
9. Tomb Raider
10. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Hiroyuki Kubota, the head developer of the 3DS game Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, been talking about making a Wii U version of the mario-luigi-dream-team-august-11Mario & Luigi games. Hiroyuki, who works for AlphaDream, said that while he is interested in the Wii U, he has no intention of bringing Mario & Luigi games to the console. Read what Hiroyuki had to say below:

“As a developer I am interested, but we currently have no plans for a Wii U version. If we want to convey the amusement and fun of the character animations and reactions using AlphaDream’s pixel art, I think handheld consoles are the best for doing this.”

I completely agree with him on this. While it would be fun to play the game on the Wii U, HD graphics would not be particularly well suited for this series, as the game may become more serious with a different article. So just make another 3DS game AlphaDream!

Finally, the UK retailer Asda is no longer selling Wii U consoles in their stores. The large supermarket chain recently didn’t stock Pikmin 3, despite the fact that the game was extremely popular in the UK this week. Asda representative said the following about when asked about why the company is not stocking Wii U consoles:

“Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops.”

Doesn’t really matter. Who’s buying their Video Games and Consoles from Asda anyway?

Anyway, that’s all for today. We’ll be posting part two of our popular 10 Games That Will Save The Wii U in at around 9:00 PM GMT, so that’s something to look forward too. Anyway, see you tomorrow.


From → 3DS, Wii U

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