Team Ninja, developer of the upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge on Wii U, seems pleased with Nintendo’s new console and confident in its success.
Director Yosuke Hayashi spoke to Official Nintendo Magazine UK on how he believes that the GamePad will be revolutionary enough to bring back gamers who have drifted away from consoles.
“The biggest difference compared to other Nintendo hardware released until now is that it is not trying to complete with ‘only one’ feature. Obviously, the Wii U GamePad is a huge feature, but the Wii U isn’t only about that. There’s the hardware performance, network capabilities and, of course, the titles that fully utilise these aspects. From this all-encompassing gaming abilitity I get the impression that this hardware could get many people to pay attention to console games once again.”
Assuming he’s reffering to PC gamers, I’d say that’s a strong claim. The PC crowd seem like the demographic that’s least interested in Nintendo right now. Then again, the behemoth amount of pre-orders filling in keep on coming.
Hayashi mentioned that the Miiverse would play a strong factor in this, believing it to be more than a simple social networking tool.
“The biggest change of direction from the Wii would be the Miiverse. It’s usually introduced as a social networking tool, but I feel it has the potential to become a kind of virtual amusement park for game fans. With SNS [Social Networking Sites] making a lot of unique advancements, as a gamer, I am excited to see how the Miiverse will grow within the realm of console games.”
Team Ninja have also recently collaborated with Keiji Inafune (director of Dead Rising) to create the intriguing zombie/ninja game Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.
[Source: Official Nintendo Magazine UK]