Rein says he’ll be “shocked” if Wii U “doesn’t do well”

Tuesday, 13th March 2012 14:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Epic Games vice president Mark Rein feels if Nintendo’s Wii U tablet-like controller isn’t a hit when the consoles releases, it will be surprising.

Rein said between Nintendo’s brand recognition and the fans it has for its various IPs, the console should sell like hotcakes.

“I like the Wii U. I think E3 will be a big eye-opener for people,” he said. “I played Batman: Arkham City on the Wii U and they are doing some really cool stuff with the controller. Do you remember the Zelda demo they had on it? Would you not buy a Wii U just to play that? Of course you would. That’s what Nintendo is all about.

“Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content. That Zelda demo was gorgeous and we can do even more than that with Unreal Engine 3. I think it will do great.

“It’s a great brand that a lot of parents really trust and they’re probably ready to buy their kids an HD Wii that does that much more than just being an HD Wii. I’d love it if they’d done it last year, but I’m excited for them to do it this year. I’d be shocked if it doesn’t do well.

“Did you play that Battle Mii game? Two players would play with a Wii Remote and Nunchuk and one would play with the Wii U controller? I would buy a Wii U to play that game in a heartbeat. And I hope people make those kind of games with our technology. I think we’ve yet to really see what the Wii U can do and I think at E3 this year they’re going to shock us.”

Furthermore, Rein said if Epic have enough development teams at the ready, it would create a game for Wii U.

“If I had 10 development teams I’d make a game for every single platform and make that the special game for that platform,” he said. “If you’re the special game on that platform you do really, really well. Gears was one of the special ones on Xbox 360. Infinity Blade is a special game on the iPhone and iPad. Shadow Complex was a special game on Xbox Live Arcade.

“But we don’t have 10 development teams so it’s just a matter of picking and choosing what we do and doing the best thing we can for the idea that we have.”



  1. polygem

    well i´ll be shocked too

    just looking at that picture makes me want to buy this right now – it´s like i lost my wiill.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Me too, I can not wait to get mine preordered.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Zana

    The picture shows Mario. You can already play Mario on every existing Nintendo system.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    It’ll be a new Mario though!

    Original Mario Do Not Steal.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ejams

    I just don’t see the appeal. I’ve been out of touch with Nintendo for a few years now since Sony has taken over my life. There were some good times had on Nintendo consoles, but generally they’re just used for when you have friends over or whatever (with the exception of Zelda and Metroid games).

    #5 3 years ago
  6. polygem

    @ejams: same here but i recently got into nintendo again and now i think i must´ve been crazy. i for one got very bored by what´s on offer on ps and the box. i really can´t wait for the wiiu with (hopefully) the variety of awesome third party support plus the fantastic nintendo games. dream come true really. give them a chance again- i really don´t think you will regret it. maybe start with buying a 3ds. i love this machine and would personally pick it over the vita without question,. the games in the pipeline for it are just extremeley promising if you can open yourself up again for that special nintendo charme . what they have in store for you really is impressive. i even play some old ds games right now and i totally enjoy them.

    #6 3 years ago

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