What’s that? It’s time for another instalment of An Ode to Wii U, our interview series, which sees us talking to indie developers to see what they thought of the Wii U? Sounds good to me!
Answering our 4 questions today is Matti Larsson of Zordix AB, a company that has brought a whole range of titles to Nintendo platforms in the past, and will soon be bring Aqua Moto Racing Utopia to the Wii U. So without further ado, it’s time to see what he thinks of Nintendo’s current home console:
“The Wii U is a Console to Love for Many Reasons:”
Miketendo64: “Most call it a failure and some call it a console they love, but as a gamer, a fan and a developer, what do you think of the Wii U?”
Matti Larsson: “I personally think the Wii U is a console to love for many reasons. I like the separate screen that makes it possible to continue playing while another person watches TV. The controls are very nice and the games are really good.”
Miketendo64: “I absolutely agree, the games are good. The Wii U may not have had quantity, but it did have quality and at the end of the day that is what matters most to die-hard gamers.”
“A grand challenge for a small developer:”
Miketendo64: “What was it like to develop for?”
Matti Larsson: “It was initially very easy, but it gradually became harder when more content was added. Our first big TV (home) console game Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is very technical and had to combine 30 different techniques just for the water to look nice. A grand challenge for a small developer. We also chose to include split-screen multiplayer which is very nice but tricky.”
“I am fortunate to play the Wii U with my Children:”
Miketendo64: “Do you have any favourite Wii U gaming memories or a game you just liked to play on it?”
Matti Larsson: “I enjoy all Mario and Zelda games on the Wii U and I am fortunate to play the Wii U with all my children who are 16, 14, and 4 years old.”
“Even though the Wii U might be on its way out, we will still feel its legacy in the Switch and whatever comes after that:”
Miketendo64: “How did you find the Wii U in comparison to its competition and the 3DS?”
Matti Larsson: “The Wii U has a special unique design that I like. Only thing I’m missing is more processor power compared to the competition. This forces game developers into creativity, which is good but it means that a lot of third party games didn’t come to the Wii U.
The 3DS has more games and that has probably been one of the big success factors for it. It is very exciting for us at Zordix to be part of the 3DS eShop with Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D, Aqua Moto Racing 3D, Snow Moto Racing 3D. And our classic retro style games 1950s Lawn Mower Kids and Valet Parking 1989. That’s a lot of games available on 3DS and a natural next step for Zordix is the bigger consoles Wii U and Switch.
Together with the 3DS, the Wii U for me represents Nintendo’s real entry to downloadable games with the launch of the eShop. The 3DS has been very successful and probably since you can bring your 3DS with you in the car, your room or anywhere you want. That thinking is a good starting point for the Switch.”
As always, we’d like to take this moment to publically give our thanks to Matti for being a good sport and answering our questions and if everything goes as it should, you can expect to hear a lot more from Matti in the coming days as we’ll also be posting another interview with him that is more Aqua Moto Racing Utopia focused, so stay tuned for that!
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