Shigeru Miyamoto Is Working on Secret Wii U Project

The developer is joined by Retro Studios and Nintendo EAD

By on October 1st, 2012 14:39 GMT

Reggie Fils-Aime, who is the president of Nintendo of America, has revealed that Shigeru Miyamoto, the developer who has created the Mario franchise and fan-favorite Pikmin, is working on a new secret video game project for the Wii U home console.

The executive suggested that the first information on the game might be revealed during E3 2013 and that the game universe is different from everything that Shigeru Miyamoto has worked on before.

Retro Studios, best known for the work done on Donkey Kong Returns and on Metroid Prime, is also working on a new title, as is Nintendo EAD.

Fils-Aime was aiming to reassure players who are interested in the Wii U that Nintendo has long-term plans to support the new home console with a number of high-profile first-party games.

The Nintendo president also talked about Bayonetta 2, which is a Wii U-exclusive game, and said that his company would handle distribution all over the world and that it would mount a strong marketing push in order to bring the title to as many consoles as possible.

The Nintendo Wii U will be launched on November 18 in the United States, November 30 in Europe and December 8 in Japan and comes in two versions.

The main innovation of the device is the touchscreen-enabled GamePad controller and presumably the new titles from Nintendo are designed to show off its new features.

Traditionally, Nintendo has offered a high number of internally developed titles for its hardware and third parties rarely managed to create hit games for them.

That’s set to change for the Wii U as the publisher is encouraging everyone from Activision to Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to launch well-known franchises, from Call of Duty to Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect, on the new home console.
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