Sneak Peek: How Wii U Tablet Controller will be Utilized in Assassin’s Creed 3

One of my biggest complaints about games is how they access the inventory menus.  Some games allow you to access the menu when walking around, or exploring.  Some  games will not allow you to access the menu during a battle.  My favorite inventory menu scenario is when I need to gain access to a life saving elixir, Pause the game, take the elixir, take a bathroom break, come back, un-pause, and BAM I am blindsided by the jerk that forced me to use the elixir in the first place.

The geniuses (yes they are geniuses, aren’t all Nintendo employees?) behind the Wii U have given us a glimpse of how the tablet will help alleviate some of the forementioned issues.  The tablet will link to the Animus, which will allow the player to use the tablet as their start menu.  You can use it to quickly switch your weapons, use your Eagle Vision, or just as a plain old on screen map.  below are some bullet points with a bit more detail:


  • Wii U tablet controller can act as some form of link to the Assassin’s Creed “Animus”
  • Wii U tablet Animus can be used as a persistent on-screen map and navigation tool.
  • Animus Database entries that may pop up from time to time, could be displayed on the touchscreen instead and not interrupt the flow of the game.
  • The Animus can also act as an encyclopedia of information. Character biographies and bits of information that  would normally be cast aside could be displayed on the touchscreen (take a break and read up on the side story & character history while eating dinner?).
  • Easy touchscreen weapon selection during combat. Quick change from dual-wield combat to single with a simple touch.
  • Using the touchscreen as an alternate view for Eagle Vision. Using the built-in accelerometer to control the camera view while in Eagle Vision.

Now, not all of this is new news since the previews at E3 gave us a bit of a sneak peek, but a lot of the information is updated.

I am excited to see how the Wii U tablet will differentiate the game from its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts?  My guess is that the Wii U will have a distinct advantage.  What are some of your expectations of the Wii U tablet?


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