Two Tribes has discussed in its latest blog entry the plans it has in store for Wii U, and it's looking quite likely that Toki Tori 2 will include some nifty features should it be released on the console.
According to the blog post, Nintendo's recent unveiling of its online strategy piqued the firm's interest, which feels the 3DS eShop has been "a big step in the right direction compared to the Wii and DSi online shops."
"It would be strange if they did not at least match it’s functionality on Wii U," said the firm. "Since Toki Tori 2 is designed to be a downloadable title, these things are vital to making the correct choice of which platforms to develop for.
"Up until now, we could just focus on the initial release for Steam, where we decided to go for traditional directional controls on keyboard or joypad. The translation of those controls to the Wii U controller should be smooth sailing as it features two analogue sticks and we only need two buttons for the whistle and stomp moves. But the Wii U controller offers many more options of course."
The post goes on to state that the developers would include the ability to play Toki Tori 2 on the Wii U screen directly, and since the game has been designed with "minimal use for a graphical user interface," it should be "perfectly playable on the controller’s smaller widescreen display."
"As for the motion controls, we don’t think Toki Tori needs those and adding them to the game as it is currently designed does not make much sense," Two Tribes said. "What could be very interesting, and what’s been requested countless times from the fans, is if we could incorporate a level editor utilizing the Wii U controller. This could mean that the game runs on the TV while you make adjustments to the level on the touchscreen in real time.
"We think that would work really well."
The studio said all these ideas are "pure speculation at this point," since there is nothing known about the Wii U’s ability to share and store levels, but is prepared to "do everything in our power" to make sure folks get to play Toki Tori 2 on Wii U.
Sounds like a day-one for us, then.
Toki Tori 2 is slated for release on PC and iOS this spring.