Over 50 Games Using Unity Are In The Pipeline For Wii U Says Nintendo

By Siliconera Staff . March 21, 2014 . 11:31am

At GDC this week, Siliconera had a chance to speak with Damon Baker, Senior Manager of Marketing at Nintendo’s of America’s Licensing department. During our brief conversation, Baker said to us that are over 50 games coming to Wii U that use Unity.

 

“Over the course of this show, we have nine games on display,” Baker said. “We have 17 that are currently in the pipeline, that have been submitted. So they will all be out within the next two months.”

 

“And then, we have another fifty that are waiting in the wings, that are coming; so we’ve got a lot of Unity content on the way.”

 

Last year, Nintendo announced a partnership with Unity Technologies that would bring a Wii U-specific version of the popular game development Unity engine to the platform. The engine comes free with Wii U development kits, in order to make it easier for developers to get started with Wii U development.

 

In addition to the Unity partnership, Nintendo’s Web Framework—which is a development environment that enables Wii U development using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS—is part of an ongoing initiative bring more developers to Wii U, company president Satoru Iwata said last year.

 

“There are over a million Unity developers, including many in developing countries where the business of dedicated gaming machines is not prosperous,” Iwata said at the time. “We would like to create opportunities for these developers to have their games available for Wii U.”


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    • Kaetsu

      Why haven’t I heard about this game before? It looks awesome! It looks like a mix between Mirror’s Edge and Jet Set Radio. I will definitely get this on my Wii U when it comes out.

      EDIT: I just read that they just got the composer for Jet Set Radio to work on the game! :D

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      I”ll stick with the 3rd person view…
      but this looks awesome. I”ll keep my eye on this one.

    • Kaihaku

      I love how colorful it is. Definitely interested now, hadn’t heard of this one until now. Thanks for sharing.

    • 9thsage

      Wow, yeah, really. This looks pretty rad, I’m surprised I’d never heard of it.

  • James Enk

    nice

  • Spirit Macardi

    I really do like Nintendo’s approach; making it so indie games are easier to make and release for their platform, but still keeping a sense of quality control so that not just any shovelware can come out like what happened with Steam Greenlight.

    • Kaetsu

      It’s really good that they’re doing this. They may not be getting the best third party support from big AAA studios but they are getting a lot of indies on board and I think it will help them a lot.

      • subsamuel01

        It’s amazing that their getting so much indie support, but I don’t think its enough to sell Wii U’s. Hopefully Mario Kart will help boost the system sales.

        • Kaetsu

          It may not help sales but it’s still a great bonus for those who have the system.

        • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

          How many indie games are console sellers?
          But having food on the table is helpful still. A game release can either do one or both.

          • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

            Honestly, I wanted a Wii U so I could play Runner 2.

          • http://keiserone.tumblr.com/ KeiserOne

            I wouldn’t say an indie game is a system seller, but a whole bunch of them sure is. I was on the fence of getting a Vita for example, but my mind is changing due to the sheer amount of good indie games it has going for it now. Never underestimate the power of a multitude of quality 10-20-30$ games you can snag up on a system.

    • Grape Monet

      I’m not so sure about quality control. 3DS eShop is overloaded with shovelware. Not the good indies, but the stuff with words like Family or Pets in the name that never gets advertised but ends up in their weekly press releases anyway.

      • Spirit Macardi

        Well, at least the worst that can be said about those is that they aren’t very fun. It’s not like the games are outright broken or are advertising features that don’t exist.

  • idrawrobots

    I am going to do my best to urge the creators of Faif to make that game for the Wii U. It was made with Unity and it’s fun.

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    That’s a good support, good to see the negativity surrounding the platform doesn’t phase them. Seems like a lot of kickstarters include Wii U too.

    I wonder if NIntendo should make a physical release deal with some of these games to help the retail drought.

    • Eder García

      “Seems like a lot of kickstarters include Wii U too”

      -putting iOS and Android aside-
      that’s because indy games are starting to sell more on WiiU compared to PS3/4/Vita, X360/ONE and Steam (big surprise considering both Sony and Steam has better deals for the indie developers from what i heard)

      EDITED/FIXED

      • Kaetsu

        The Wii U eShop actually always has sales for indie games.

        • Eder García

          i am talking about indy developers, sorry for not being clear, i heard Sony and Steam offers better deals to them than Nintendo, but i am not saying Nintendo has a bad deal for the indies

          • idrawrobots

            Sony likes pay companies for extra missions, of course they are going to bend over backwards for indies.

      • Caleb

        A lot of kickstarters include WiiU versions because the games were made with Unity. And as mentioned in the article, Nintendo has made porting Unity games to the WiiU easy and free to developers.

      • ronin4life

        Steam has the awful greenlight process and Sony demands exclusivity for certain benefits and extra support.

        Nintendo offers the same level of stuff for free with no contracts and is willing to offer minimal aid at times as well. They are much better from what I have heard.

  • Altsein

    As long as the indies on Eshop are more expensive than on other plataforms, I see no reason of getting then on the Wii U.

  • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

    Holy shit. Why the hell aren’t they TALKING ABOUT IT?

    • ronin4life

      They just did.

      • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

        They’ve never heard of a press release? An offhand quote to Siliconera and ONLY Siliconera is not the best publicity. No offense, I love Siliconera, but even they had to 1) go to GDC 2) bother to visit Nintendo’s booth and 3) ask this guy. That’s not publicity, it’s pulling teeth.

        Not to mention it’s a quantity of games, not a list. The indie website section they launched only features available games, not upcoming games. Hell, look at David trying to guess which games he’s talking about.

        • ForteWily

          I will be honest, I do sense a bias. Mostly because you are not seeing something that is big or shiny… other media outlets seems to simply over look what Nintendo has.

    • ForteWily

      Two reasons to that, first is that frankly… Nintendo has been notoriously secretive over the years, they play things very close to the chest.
      The other is this… Nintendo tends to talk about things when they are ready to. Part of the reason to that is an issue of pressure around developers over a game, they have a habit of not pressuring companies more than they have too. It helps with the sense of stability that they have in the industry, which is a rare commodity.

      Granted… They could do better about talking about these things and marketing these games.

  • Guest

    They also might be talking about Rock’n Racing: Off Road
    http://i.imgur.com/QRtLFvo.jpg

  • Kaihaku

    It would be nice if Hearthstone was one of them.

  • Eder García

    so the WiiU is the new Ouya?

    • Kaetsu

      Even the Ouya was never the Ouya.

      • T-X

        THIS times infinity. Ouya promised so much but the Android OS setup isn’t enough to encourage development for a totally different console.

    • Guest

      I found funny those up-votes from the Vita-Vote-Bot, because well… Vita
      ‘Nuff said xD

      • Serge

        And that is sad, because both Vita and Wii U are good systems. I don’t get fanboys (like the Upvote-guy) that like to bash one system and promote others. We’re here because we love games wether they be on Vita, 3DS, Wii U, PSX, Xbox, Steam, etc.
        A lot of people work hard to buy one and is sad when others talk shit about it when you spend money/time/effort to get one.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Hmm vita is good wii u is great i on both

        • Guest

          Yes, we love games and enjoy playing them, that’s also why this bashing because it’s “indie” is so tiresome.
          Independent developers create games, that’s the only deal. And to be honest some of them are a breath of fresh air in this progressively more homogenized industry.

    • raphael

      Maybe yep, maybe no, probably Nope

  • Cravia887

    Indie games seem to be the only thing that sale on the Wii U.

  • idrawrobots

    Not sure what it’s being built on but I am looking forward to 90′s Arcade Racer.

  • Kaihaku

    And your point is? The article is about games using Unity and Hearthstone was built by Blizzard using Unity.

  • Kali T

    The game is also going to be on Mac, iPhone, and Android. Vita and Wii U would be neat because of the touch screens, but I highly doubt it would EVER happen because of battlenet

  • uPadWatcher

    I feel like singing, “Game over, yeah!!!!” I can’t wait to play The 90′s Arcade Racer!

  • Kaihaku

    I doubt it too…but one can wish… I’d love to be able to play Hearthstone on the Wii U.

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