Nintendo had a lot to talk about today, what with the release date, price and specs of a new console and its hefty software launch lineup. It's not surprising it couldn't specifically show off every game headed to the Wii U during its launch window, November 18 - March 31. Two of these games, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper and Funky Barn, are notable after the fact because of their assets – one for having a full trailer and gallery, and the other for featuring chubby piggies.
Tecmo Koei's Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper will incorporate the WiiPad in local two-player co-op, hacking and slashing across two screens, the above video shows. It includes characters from other Tecmo Koei franchises, and includes a duel mode, which is new for the Wii U. Funky Barn, from publisher 505 Games, is a sandbox farm simulator that allows one-on-one interaction with adorable, fluffy animals via the WiiPad's touchscreen. We're less interested in the farming aspect, and more intrigued by this little piggy, to be honest. Look at those cheeks.
SLAP ON YOUR STRAW HAT AND GRAB YOUR WII U GAMEPAD™ - IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY WITH FUNKY BARN FOR NINTENDO'S WII U™!
Milton Keynes, UK - Global publisher of video games, 505 Games, today announced they are bringing Funky Barn - the craziest farm simulator gamers have experienced - to the brand new Nintendo Wii U.
Veteran developers Tantalus are bringing their collection of whacky contraptions and goofy gizmos to the sandbox genre in ways never before imagined thanks to the innovative Wii U GamePad. Using the touch screen, players can pick up their animals and interact with them one-on-one, manage an array of crazy farming machines, and erect buildings. They can even shake fruit from the trees with all-new GamePad gyroscope.
It won't take long for gamers to become immersed in their growing farm as they also manage livestock, crop fields, and a wide variety of unique farm machines. In such an open farming world, gamers can focus on the aspects of farming they find to be the most fun.
Tim Woodley, Head of Global Brand at 505 Games said "The Wii U is an important and very exciting development for the games industry. It truly marries traditional platforms with the intuitive, tactile touch screen technology that everyone uses on a day to day basis. With Funky Barn we have combined the technological advances with unique humour, crazy machines and, most importantly, a lot of fun for gamers of all ages."
Tantalus CEO Tom Crago added, "We've been working on Funky Barn for a long time and it's very close to our hearts. It's a perfect fit for the Wii U and the GamePad opens up an array of new possibilities. It has allowed us to come up with crazy ideas for what is absolutely a madcap experience."
Funky Barn will be released worldwide in late 2012.
About 505 Games
505 Games is a global video game publisher focused on offering a broad selection of titles for players of all ages and levels. The company publishes games on all leading console and handheld platforms as well as for mobile devices and social networks. Product highlights include Sniper Elite V2, Zumba® Fitness, the Cooking Mama World series, Rugby World Cup 2011 and IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. 505 Games is headquartered in Milton Keynes, UK with offices in Los Angeles, Lyon, Munich, Milan and Madrid and a network of distribution partners within the Nordic territories and Australia. For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.com.
With seventeen years in the business and a portfolio of almost forty titles on most major platforms, Tantalus is one of the world's leading independent development studios. Renowned for handheld work on franchises such as SpongeBob, MX vs ATV, Cars, Ben 10 and the million-unit-selling Pony Friends, Tantalus also develops for the current generation of consoles. The company is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information visit www.tantalus.com.au