Interacting directly with our fans and letting them play our games firsthand is a key component of our approach. That doesn’t include PAX East this year, but we will offer our fans a variety of opportunities to get their hands on Nintendo products in 2014. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information about where we’ll be and what you can play.
For this year at least, Nintendo won’t be attending PAX East. This is obviously disappointing to hear if you’re planning on heading to the event and the official response from Nintendo isn’t going to really change anything:
They will be returning to Gamescom this year but I still think they’re going to continually rely less on events that aren’t one-hundred percent under their control.
Coming out of GDC is the announcement that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold over 7,380,000 units worldwide. For context, “the handheld title is currently outselling other triple-A titles like Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us.”
At the moment, game developers who use the Unity Engine (which anyone can download for free) are able to build their games for the Wii U. You still need manual approval from Nintendo and a development kit but anyone who is familiar with Unity doesn’t have to learn an entirely new engine to make games for the system.
What’s new is that Damon Baker of Nintendo has suggested that Unity could eventually be used for 3DS development. First, he said this about the Wii U:
Our priority was to get the Wii U build up and done and ready. Because we need a test environment for it, it’s taken a while for Unity to get finalized on Wii U, so that we can actually test against it. So that has been made available now and that is why we’ve got all of these [game] candidates waiting in the wings that are just going through the submission process at this point. Now, we can move on to other platforms and see how we can make those compatible, either with Unity or with additional middleware providers as well.
And, from there, he went on to say:
So, 3DS is definitely an exciting platform for us, because we’ve got a huge install base, and we want to take advantage of that. We’ve got a lot of developers that want to take advantage of it. So, we’re working towards that as well. But nothing to announce at this time.
This is something that’s worth keeping your fingers crossed for since it’d certainly allow a lot more independent developers to bring their games to the platform.
Nintendo has updated Miiverse across the Wii U and 3DS, with five main additions and improvements. You can either check out Miiverse yourself, or check below for the details.