Wii U Ideas By Ganbarion Are Up In The Air

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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Wii U

Toru Haga, the director for Pandora’s Tower, has shared some interesting information about his thoughts and ideas in developing for the Nintendo Wii U. While there are no exact plans or titles to illicit Ganbarion’s debut outing for the system, Haga’s words do leave an impression that a new game is in the works, and will be unveiled at a later time in the future.

In regards to Wii U and developing for the system, Toru Haga explained in the following text:

The Wii U is a unique console with exciting features such as the GamePad. We’re currently thinking of fun ideas using these features. For example, we’re thinking of a gameplay idea that uses two screens from different perspectives, like a tabletop RPG, where players could potentially give each other objectives and progress through the game. Or like with Miiverse, where players can share their gameplay experiences easily, we were thinking of a game that focuses on communication.

But regardless of any ideas that we could potentially realize, as a developer we need to focus on how welcoming it is to the players. We took this approach when we were originally only going to use one Wii Remote for Pandora’s Tower. As a developer, we are very interested in challenging ourselves with new hardware, and we hope that everyone will look forward to our next project.

For those who are currently — or have finished — playing Pandora’s Tower, its design around the Wiimote is pretty simplistic and accessible. Reading that the team at Ganbarion are basing their ideas around the system’s hardware (In this case: The Wii U Gamepad), anything can be expected so long as it properly uses the technology. For what it’s worth, we may see Ganbarion try to attempt making a game like Fire Emblem, if they plan to roll with the table-top RPG idea with the two screens!

So what do you guys think? Are you excited about what the mad minds behind Pandora’s Tower are planning to make, or do you think my Fire Emblem-esque intuition is plain insanity? Go crazy on the comments below!


About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.

  • A tabletop-style game would be PERFECT for the Wii U. The Gamepad used for DM functions and up to four other players? That’d be pretty sweet!

  • dubaloseven

    I like the Table-Top RPG idea, thought it’d also be cool to have a successor to the gameplay and a new story entirely.

  • multibottler0cket

    I’m excited to see what they can do!

  • Aiddon

    the tabletop idea is something I’ve joked about for awhile. Have the person using the Gamepad be the DM while the other players are on controllers.

    Of course what’d be REALLY cool (though this is probably a bit TOO ambitious) is the ability to create and share modules and content. Like be able to make your own adventures, towns, dungeons, regions, classes, races, abilities, and share them with a community. It’d be like LittleBigPlanet: RPG Edition.

    • I hope that someone at least tries to make something like that.

  • I’d had the very same idea the moment I saw the Nintendo Land demo at E3, kinda cool to know a developer had that idea as well… if they made it to where you could play it online as well that would be even better~

  • I haven’t played Pandora’s Tower, but it’ll be interesting to see what these guys can pull off with the Wii U.

  • the_sidewinder

    though PD isn’t very good IMO Nintendo should buy these guys and a ton of other Dev’s since 3rd party support on WiiU sucks.

  • John Ellis

    I liked them making an original idea for once and Pandora’s Tower is sure to become a cult classic but I really want them to make another Jump Stars game.

  • Forbsz

    I wish Nintendo would buy Mistwalker and Gambarion and make them first party developers as well as Monolith Soft!