Friday, April 5, 2013

Forgotten Memories Looking To Haunt The Wii U

Forgotten Memories: Sixth Sense is an indie developed survival horror title built in Unity (which is being supported heavily by Nintendo) and currently set to hit mobile platforms. The game looks promising enough with its creepy visuals and menacing phantom enemies. Forgotten Memories also shows that it wants to feature the HD visuals of newer horror titles while retaining more of the classic gameplay the genre has sorely been missing since the horror action titles of the last 5 years. The games developer, Psychoz Interactive, has stated that they want to bring the game to the Wii U eShop which is excellent news for survival horror fans such as myself. The original Wii had a surprisingly varied and robust library or horror games and Forgotten Memories should help in showing that there is a market for such games on the Wii U.

While past remarks from mainstream developers about new games would have been met with skepticism by Nintendo fans, we are seeing a new Nintendo that has made the Wii U almost as open to indie developers as the OUYA! Seriously, with the exception of a development kit and the requirement of being licensed with Nintendo, ANYONE can put their game on the Wii U and they are given complete control without any of the corporate strings normally attached to Sony or Microsoft's systems. This is a shocking turnaround for a company previously known for being so closed off. It's a refreshing new approach and will likely give the Wii U a lot of indie cred as well as a strong library of unique and original games.

This years GDC (Game Developers Conference) has shown this new Nintendo and the results are excellent with an amazing number of indie developers announcing support for the Wii U as well as a ton of Kickstarter projects featuring support for the unique console. I would go as far as saying that Nintendo's apathetic attitude towards bigger third party companies is because their new focus is on the indie market and I can't help but be excited for the possibilities this brings. Enjoy the trailer for this new survival horror title and be sure to let the developer know you would like to see this game on Wii U.

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