If you've been following my blog over the last couple of months; you know I'm high on Wii U and high on making sense of all the info that is covering the Internet and equally high on making educated predictions for Nintendo's new video gaming console. A couple of these predictions: the New Super Mario Bros 2 and the 1,000,000 coin prize being a gold Super Mario figurine, NFC embedded statue to be used with Super Mario Wii U and Nintendo's online-social system, Mii verse, being a system integrated replica of Animal Crossing.
I turn my attention and my controversial predictions towards Nintendo's legendary, video-gaming series...The Legend of Zelda and more specifically... Zelda Wii U!
Here's the low down.
If you've been following the Big N over the years, you are fully aware that Nintendo of Japan is high on partnerships. F-Zero on Gamecube was partnered with Sega. The Metroid Prime series was a partnership with Retro studios, and news hit today from the Nintendo Direct press release that Super Smash Bros Wii U will be a joint venture with Namco Bandai (the company which brought you Tekken).
Why is Nintendo doing these partnerships...
From a programming skill set, Nintendo is seriously behind 3rd party developers (as well as Sony and Microsoft) in regards to next generation programming techniques. The original Wii was based on a combination of the 2001 Gamecube/Sony's PS2 video gaming architecture, and this decision of hardware choice has left Nintendo almost a decade behind in conceptually programming up to date software. Where the rest of the video gaming, programming, world has progressed to more sophisticated forms of architecture and state of the art coding techniques; the Big N has been stuck in the past trying to fine tune and cultivate out dated hardware and reinvent system control interface. This is the primary reason why the 2012 Wii U, E3 press conference was void of any graphical, 1st party, showcase titles; Nintendo is having a hard time figuring out next generation tech and needs more time!
Which brings me to Zelda Wii U!
Zelda is a massive world! And a world which should be based in a REALISTIC, FANTASY, ENVIRONMENT. If you look back on previous Zelda's: Skyward Sword and Windwaker; the decisions were made to give these games a toon like presentation. A toon like presentation not to appeal to a younger generation, but to allow gamers to easily find their way and maneuver through an open world, video gaming, experience on hardware which didn't necessarily invite and encourage it. In regards to the Wii U, the hardware is definitely in place, but once again...the Big N isn't comfortable with the hardware.
But the Big N is currently in bed with one company who knows next gen tech as well as fantasy style, open world gaming. And that company...
The same studio which brought you Assassin's Creed will team up with Nintendo for the next Legend of Zelda series. Get ready for this one!