Nintendo has 50 Unity games on the way to Wii U

The company also said it might add Unity support to the 3DS.

Nintendo has announced that it has over 50 games headed to Wii U that use the Unity Game Engine.

Nintendo was showing nine Unity games at GDC last week and said it has another 17 that will release within the next two months.

“And then, we have another fifty that are waiting in the wings,” Senior Manager of Marketing at Nintendo of America’s Licensing department Damon Baker told Siliconera. “So we’ve got a lot of Unity content on the way.”

The large number of Unity games headed to Wii U is the result of a deal Nintendo and Unity Technologies made in 2012. The deal gave Nintendo the right to distribute the Unity development platform to its in-house, external, and third party licensee developers.

Unity is one of the most popular game development tools among indie developers. Nintendo highlighted it during GDC in order to “demonstrate to developers how easy it is for them to bring their creative ideas to Nintendo systems," vice president of Licensing at Nintendo of America Steve Singer said.

Baker said that now that Unity on Wii U is finalized, Nintendo has had discussions and is definitely “looking at” adding Unity support to the Nintendo 3DS. “We’ve got a lot of developers that want to take advantage of it,” he told Siliconera. “So, we’re working towards that as well. But nothing to announce at this time.”

For more on the Wii U, check out Tom Mc Shea’s editorial on Nintendo’s plan to quietly kill it.

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Discussion

542 comments
javalino
javalino

Unity games ??? Congrats everyone!!! now Nintendo will selll 1$ mobiles games for 25$!!! just like angry f**king birds!!!

demon-returns
demon-returns

Long before I even clicked on this article I knew there would be abhs4l88 fighting the good fight. If only I could predict other things in life with such great accuracy  

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

How many years will it be till we see them? Half the Wii U's launch library isn't even out yet.

BradBurns
BradBurns

In the little bit of time the Wii U has been out, it's already exceeded the original Wii's library in quality titles.

I guess that the take away is that the worse Nintendo does, the better it it for the player. When they do well they get lazy and pretty damn stingy. They'll live, they have plenty of Wii money laying around.

They can still throw Wii-money cocaine parties at the office.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

So that's what the U stands for

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

how come that every time i read something about the wii u, its always about whats comming, never whats here and playable.

BradBurns
BradBurns

That sounds neat but what games run on Unity? I'm not being snarky, what games use it, really? I'm assuming it's an engine. Don't make me open up a tab and google that.

atlassys8
atlassys8

It's easier to reverse engineer Unity games so few AAA developers make games with it.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Yeah, indie games... I couldn't care less. Noitu Love 2 had a perfect chance on Wii and got ditched. Same for Super Meat Boy. Now they're just pretending to care about indie developers after the tremendous mistake with WiiWare. Why do Nintendo always act like 10 years late in game industry? That's just arrogant.

Garm31
Garm31

WiiU please stop talking about dead consoles. It's disrespectful to the living ones.

ziproy
ziproy

"For more on Wii-U check out Tom's article on how Nintendo is killing the Wii-U"


Do you "people" think before you post things? Why did you follow up an article on how Nintendo has 50 games in development for their console and that they're making a new deal to attract more publishers; with an editorial on how Nintendo is abandoning their console that's at least 2-3 weeks old??


Nevermind the crap GS journalism. Great news that Nintendo is trying to court Indie devs, God only knows what they might think up? Not to mention what they'll do with the touch-screen

btroof
btroof

"Nintendo was showing nine Unity games at GDC last week and said it has another 17 that will release within the next two months."


The trailers are in the Wii U eShop if you own one. Few look interesting

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

I absolutely love my Wii U.  I felt I was missing out on something with my decision to only invest in a PC this generation, and the Wii U was my missing link.  It is genuinely fun, just like I remember games being back on the NES and Genesis.  I find myself smiling while playing it.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Wow hard to believe the Wii U is still  being made

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

I wonder what type of games they plan on producing with the engine.

gordanchoong
gordanchoong

So they're trying to add a new gaming engine to WiiU to attract more indie and third party developers to increase third party support for their console, huh? If Nintendo actually wanted to attract more third party developers to support the WiiU, then they should first change the way they market and advertise their products. They still think they are in the 90's when everybody who played video games were little kids and teenagers. Grow up, Nintendo, we're in the 2010's where those kids are now adults; heck, I know some people who are now about to enter retirement ever since the 90's went by! The casual gamers, little kids, and non gamers are not going to be the mainstream audience and consumers of gaming in the future, the youth and adults and hardcore gamers are! Now, I wanted to write more but this stupid commenting app deleted my old comment and somehow made me log out of gamespot before successfully finishing my comment! Nintendo seriously needs to step up their game or they will lose even more profit than before. Just because attracting and relying on non-hardcore gamers worked with the Wii and the DS, doesn't mean it's going to work with the WiiU and the 3DS; heck, those people are now backing away from the gaming industry and following the mobile industry after Nintendo scared them away with the gamepad's complex buttons and triggers and knobs, and the handheld's complex gimmicks and buttons. So not going to work this time Nintendo, please find a better way of attracting them back! I don't care (actually alot don't care) if Nintendo still has about 4.6 billion dollars in the bank, you still can't treat your fans like that or you will become like Sega and become another random thrid party developer! Genesis does what Nintendon't? More like Genesis does what Nintendoo!

DoogyDonDoogy
DoogyDonDoogy

I hope this does something to improve the Wii U's fortunes. 

Shouoken4Peace
Shouoken4Peace

"For more on the Wii U, check out Tom's editorial on Nintendo's plan to kill it." Right.

dovonob
dovonob

be nice to give Unity indie developers the ability to build a game to the WII U or 3DS, sure the indie crowd could do some interesting things with the controllers.

Moonco
Moonco

I feel bad for the trolls who were bashed in these comments, so I would like to invite you over my house for a pool party once the weather warms up :-)

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@javalino  Angry Birds wasn't even made in Unity, idiot.  You know what games WERE made in Unity?  Rust, Broforce, Gone Home, Kerbal Space Program, Deus Ex: The Fall, Scrolls, Republique, Starforge, Slender The Arrival, Guns Of Icarus, Ravensword: Shadowlands, Year Walk, Dead Trigger 1 and 2, The Room 1 and 2...and on and on.  NOT Angry Birds.  There are plenty of mobile games made in Unity but guess what?  There are tons of new PC titles as well.  There's nothing wrong with Unity.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@BradBurns  Ok so I posted this in another comment but i'm not typing this crap all out again.


Rust, Broforce, Gone Home, Kerbal Space Program, Deus Ex: The Fall, Scrolls, Republique, Starforge, Slender The Arrival, Guns Of Icarus, Ravensword: Shadowlands, Year Walk, Dead Trigger 1 and 2, The Room 1 and 2...and on and on.

dviation
dviation

@BradBurns  ENDLESS SPACE!!!!!!!!!! One of my top fav games of all time lol I love the unity Engine I think Endless space was the most beautiful looking game I've ever played and Endless Legends looks even sexier so I'm all for this Xbox One also has a deal with Unity to supply every developer with the unity engine dev kit which should be in the works already and by the way Unity is one of the most used engine in the gaming industry once ur done making your game you can export it to any platform by hitting a button. Mobile, PC, Console crazy simple so everyone uses it. If more used than AAA engines cuz there are far more indie devs than their are AAA

charon_rising
charon_rising

@BradBurns  True, that not many known game makers use it, as they are using in-house or high-end engines like Unreal, or Frostbite, etc. But Unity is a great engine for smaller to medium sized companies and the engine can be as powerful as some AAA ones. It's also easier to learn how to use and there is even a tutorial out there that can teach you how to make a fully fledged rpg in a week! lol.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@rushiosan  

Pretending to care? Is that why they have the best Indie support right now? Yes it seems like Sony has the best because they flaunt it whereas Nintendo's more focused on actually making it as easy for Indies as possible to bring their games onto Nintendo's platforms. 10 years late to the game industry yet when it comes to Indie support, Microsoft (who was once the leader in this regard) is now crawling behind Sony and Nintendo.

blaznwiipspman1
blaznwiipspman1

@Garm31  

im 26, employed in a good job, making fat stacks, drive around a bimmer and have a gaming pc that would probably destroy yours.  Im only interested in getting a wii u right now, not the xbox one or ps4

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Garm31  

They're not talking about the Jaguar, 3DO, N-Gage, or Gizmondo. The Wii U is still very much alive, otherwise it wouldn't be on the market with games in development for it. Learn the definition of "dead" which you should know considering your avatar.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@btroof  

That Kitty shooter one looks the most appealing to me so I'll be sure to check it out when it comes out.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Evanrocknuma I bought a Wii U to go with my PC too. Haven't touched the fucking thing in 3 months. (The Wii U. Use my PC all the time.)

rushiosan
rushiosan

I wish it was affordable and gimmicky-free like SNES and Genesis. Nintendo consoles are definitely the best systems in the market if you want good GAMES, but some of their decisions/limitations (like forcing you to use motion controls) spoils a big part of the fun for me. I want a genuine gaming experience like what 3DS has to offer in most retail titles, not casual, weird features that are useful only to show your friends how cool you look playing motion games. Classic Controller should have been a main input device for any Wii and Wii U games, and Wiimote/tablet as secondary options. I just want to sit on my couch and play a game without worrying about recharging the battery or constantly aiming at the screen, just like old times...

chrisall76
chrisall76

@eli2333  Says 163 people have voted, their are way more indies than that, so can't exactly base it off of such a small poll.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@eli2333  

Oh yes, one online poll is more factual than Indie developer after Indie developer saying how much they love working with Nintendo and appreciate their open-mindedness when it comes to Indie development. 

oChampion
oChampion

@smackdowner360  

It's hard to believe you're a gamer.. oh wait, you're probably not.

charon_rising
charon_rising

@RyogaRod  It'll probably be in the vein of arcade racers, platformers and harvest moon-like rpgs.,, actually that sounds like Nintendo's complete catalog. lol

ziproy
ziproy

@Moonco Why do you feel bad for them? They delight in causing pain and misery in others

javalino
javalino

@Jedilink109 Are you blind ? or retarded ? in any place i affirmed that AB was build using Unity ? The problem is NIntendo pricing !!!! and not the technology !!

BradBurns
BradBurns

@abHS4L88 @btroof  I like one called Republique. It kinda looks Metal Gear-esque and has really good graphics, Idk if its coming to Wii U or not but it should. I just got the console this past Christmas so I really hope things turn around for the console sales-wise.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

@rushiosan  I totally get where you're coming from.  Although, for me personally, I think the gamepad/tablet has more practical uses for gaming than the motion controls did.  I love the augmented reality functions (just like on 3DS).  I do think it'd be a nice addition to allow more use of the pro controller.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@oChampion  Been gaming since the atari days around 1981.Not sure what that has to do with the Wii U still being around?

BradBurns
BradBurns

@ziproy @Shouoken4Peace  I wouldn't really call them Nintendo haters. 

They just criticize it a lot. 

Tom has never rubbed me the wrong way, because no matter how you feel about his views, he's honest.

A lot of people in the industry tend to sugar-coat anything regarding Nintendo, either out of fear of the backlash, or misplaced loyalism. They're a better company than most, but they should have their critics.