The rumor train just keeps on rolling. In today’s Wii U rumors section, we actually have both rumors and quoted “facts”. Don’t get too excited though, the facts are pretty vague; the rumors are also somewhat disappointing as well.
Let’s start with a few of the rumors. Firstly, the Wii U’s name is unlikely to change. I don’t really have a problem with the name, but it’s not my favorite name either. I actually rather liked the Cafe of Stream.
Now for more rumors. According to an insider (whatever that means; it’s pretty vague), the Wii U has something related to green and white. From what I’ve seen online, there are a few theories as to what this is. Some think that it could be a Yoshi or Luigi game, while others think that it could be a new Wii U color scheme. One of the most plausible ideas I’ve seen was that it was some sort of green and white Wii U peripheral that allows the Wii U to connect to Streetpass. The colors would match the StreetPass scheme, but the only thing I don’t understand is why Nintendo wouldn’t build the StreetPass functionality into the system; they did it with the 3DS, so why would the Wii U need a special peripheral? (But now thinking back, it makes sense; who wants to carry around their Wii U system of controller for StreetPass?)
Now lets move on to some quoted facts. According to Peter Moore of EA Sports, “Its online capabilities are really extensive, too, so we’ll be able to differentiate ourselves from the competition more easily with our sports lineup.” If this is true, the Wii U must have some pretty stellar online capabilities. I’ve played NCAA Football online a few times on the PS3, and it really wasn’t an enjoyable experience. If the Wii U’s online capabilities are as good as Moore claims, that would be a major selling point to “hardcore” gamers.
A Sega Australia employee had this to say: “Developing downloadable licensed & original IP for… Wii U”. I wonder what that could be. Possibly a title available on the Wii U Store at launch to hype that application?
According to a Lego City art programmer, there are 34 artists working on the title. Also, “This is going to be the exclusive launch title for the brand new Wii-U and Wii-2!” Surely this has got to be some kind of mistake; I doubt Nintendo would be making two consoles at the same time, and if they were, they wouldn’t both be Wii-family consoles. One would be a Wii for casuals, with a non-Wii for hardcores. The programmer probably meant the 3DS instead of the Wii 2.
So, what do you think of these rumors? Anything worth getting hyped for?