Friday, January 18, 2013

3 Reasons Resident Evil: Revelations Should Come to Wii U

UPDATE (January 22nd, 2013): Resident Evil: Revelations has been officially confirmed for the Wii U console. It will be sold as a retail game and as a eShop download. Original post, below.

"We’ve heard rumors for some time now that the PS3 and Xbox 360 are getting HD ports of (Resident Evil: Revelations), and achievements have even surfaced for the game, but all has been silent on Nintendo’s front.

Is this title that was once a Nintendo exclusive skipping out on the Wii U? It would be a shame if Revelations didn’t come to the Wii U, as there are some significant advantages offered by Nintendo’s latest home console. ...see why Revelations belongs on Wii U."

1. Raid Mode: "If Revelations was brought to the Wii U, Raid Mode could utilize cross-compatibility between the two systems, much the same as Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate does. If you’re looking to get a good multiplayer aspect, launching on the Wii U means you already have an estimated install base of roughly 670,000 people who own the game on 3DS. Anybody with the 3DS version of the game would be able to sync up to a friend’s Wii U and join the raid."

2. Motion Controls: "Motion controls, and just having multiple control options in general, were a big part of Revelations on the 3DS. Revelations had a number of different control options, including standard, dual-analog via the Circle Pad Pro, and motion-based gyroscope controls. Motion controls aren’t for everyone, but it’s nice to know that the option would be there. The GamePad’s combination of standard controls and gyroscope capabilities would give the console version of Revelations the same wide range of control options, ensuring that everyone can play the game the way that they enjoy best."

3. Secondary (Touch) Screen: "Of course, a distinct advantage that any Wii U game has is the GamePad and its touch screen. Off-TV play is a great feature, especially in homes where the TV is shared, and Revelations should translate well into a handheld experience on the GamePad, because it was originally a handheld game in the first place. "

Summary: "It’s great to see such an underrated game like Resident Evil: Revelations get some respect in the form of an HD console port. The game’s modest sales on the 3DS don’t quite do it justice, and hopefully it will receive new life on home consoles. Porting it to popular consoles like the PS3 and the Xbox 360 may be the “safe” bet, but Revelations on the Wii U has the potential to be the best possible version of the game.
Wii U to 3DS crossplay, the wide range of control options, and a secondary screen capable of off-TV play and stereoscopic 3D all give the Wii U distinct advantages over the other home consoles. Do the right thing Capcom."


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