The gaming world hasn’t heard much about Ninja Gaiden 3 on Wii U since E3 when Team Ninja said they would be bringing their action-adventure title to Nintendo’s new console. In speaking with VG247, Peter Garza of Tecmo Koei shed some light on the Wii U development and how they plan on making the Wii U version not just another port.
“It is still there. It’s not being developed in parallel, but we do have the game up and running on the dev hardware. We’re still playing with control schemes to see what would be fun with Wii U, but it’s definitely there and it’s definitely getting worked on.”
This bodes well for Nintendo fans looking to get the most out of their new console. I think I can speak for many Nintendo fans in saying that if the game was nothing more than a mere port a game that would potentially already be available for another console, if I really wanted to play the game I probably already would have. Hearing that Team Ninja is really planning on putting work into making the Wii U version unique excites me, and I would gladly wait to play the game on Wii U.
When asked how far the team has pushed the Wii U hardware, Garza couldn’t really pinpoint an exact answer, saying that it is too early to tell.
“That’s kind of hard to say right now because, like I said, we’re just getting it up and running now on Wii U. And we’re still finding out what the hardware can do and how to work with the hardware itself. Right now, we’re at a very early stage, so we can’t say that we’re pushing it to its limits right now.”
“But I can tell you that the team being what it is is definitely interested in pushing the hardware as hard as it can. With 3DS, when we brought out Dead or Alive: Dimensions, that was one of the best looking 3DS games out there.”
“We really wanted to use whatever hardware we were on, we want to use to its full potential and really push that. Not just in spec, but the features that make that hardware unique. So for right now with Wii U, we’re just starting to know what Wii U is and how we can make it fun.”
Even though Wii U is perhaps over a full year away, I can’t help getting excited about the consoles possibilities. If Nintendo has learned anything from the launch of 3DS, lets hope that they don’t launch until developers are ready to deliver great games to sustain the system. Ninja Gaiden 3 would be a nice touch, and a new Mario title couldn’t hurt either. Just saying.