Steel thy shovel!
For those of you worried about the PS Vita dying a quiet death should worry no more. A new trailer for Sony’s hand-held wonder has been released showing all the action packed games you could possibly want. OK granted most are indies, but still, they’re all looking pretty darn good. Titles include Oreshika, Helldivers, Hotline 2 and Shovel Knight.
Along with some tasty Vita specific games it also highlights what is available on PS Now and what games will use the great remote play feature.
Yep the future is looking a big brighter for the PS Vita.
The Wii U has been slowly building an impressive portfolio of exclusive games and it is not just Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Kirby that are filling the roster. There are some great indie games finding a home on Nintendo’s “little console that could” (most likely because there is no “Proof of concept” stage to develop on the Wii U) as well as some high-profile AAA games.
Here at PSGamer we are greedy. We love our PlayStation consoles and are more than happy with the amazing games on the PS4 and Vita, but we always want more. We also think it is healthy to check out what the competition has available or in the pipeline. We think it’s okay to “covert your neighbours console”. With this in mind, we pulled together this list of 10 Wii U exclusives we wish were coming to the PS4.
Now, filling this list with impossibilities would be pointless. Craving Mario Kart is one thing but wishing it would make the jump to the PS4 is a fool’s errand. It would take a series of very fortunate events and a hand full of miracles for those titles that were developed by Nintendo’s first party studios to make the jump to a competitors console – and we wanted this list to be realistic and, at least a possible wish list. To set expectations, you won’t find any Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong or Star Fox games in this list – although, lets face it, the thought of playing a version of any of these on a PS4 is mouth-watering.
If there is one thing that the PS4 is missing right now it is zombies. This is something I never, EVER thought I would say after the zombie overload of the last few years but I have to admit, I miss the undead blighters. ZombiU is pretty special and an overlooked gem on the Wii U and it would more than adequately quench the thirst for the walking dead. It is genuinely scary in parts. Of course, if ZombiU was to make he jump to he PS4, it would need some serious port magic. The game uses the Wii U second screen very effectively – but maybe the Vita could step up to the plate? Hopefully Dying Light and Dead Island 2 will fill the gap but if not, maybe Ubisoft will see fit to grace Sony’s now-gen machine with ZombiU.
Every so often, we just want to play on something “cute” and this is something that the Wii U has in abundance – and A Hat In Time is combining old school Mario64-esque platforming with as much cute as you can stomach. The game has you play as Hat Kid, a young girl that is capable of interstellar travel due to her possession of a magical hat. Her task is to collect all of the “time pieces” before the evil Moustache Girl (yep) can get her hands on them. A Hat In Time looks like it is shaping up nicely and we hope that developer Gears for Breakfast bring the game to the PS4.
TT Games have built themselves a legacy. Their LEGO games started as a promotion for boxes filled with awesome but over priced plastic building blocks but thanks to a continually improving formulae of game play features, rewarding collectables and some of the best licensing in gaming, the LEGO game series has earned its own following. It is a shame then that LEGO City Undercover, by all reports one of the best LEGO games ever produced, is a Wii U exclusive. The game was published by Nintendo so the probability of it ever making its way to the PS4 is slim but it is a wonderful pipe dream.
The Mighty Switch Force games are awesome. I managed to sit down with the Hyper Drive Edition for a few hours and I was very impressive. You play as cyborg police officer Patricia Wagon who is on the trail of a group of escaped convicts. The aim is to round-up all the fugitives and get to the end of the level as fast as possible. The game play verges of twitch excellence and it has a stark art style which is pleasing on the eye. Any console would be happy to home Mighty Switch Force! and we can hope it comes to the PS4 in the future.
Nano Assault Neo comes from developers Shin’en Multimedia and challenges players to pilot a tiny capsule through the human body, navigate through organs and eliminate an enemy virus. Think Inner-Space but with more weaponry. When IGN got their hands on Nano Assault Neo they said it’s “a visual spectacle. Truly, wonderfully stunning” and gave it 9/10. The prospect is a unique one and one I would personally like to see arrive on the PS4.
The partnership between Nintendo and SEGA probably made sense to both companies at the time but Sonic Boom looks like it is going to be a stinker. Luckily for Nintendo, they got one good Wii U exclusive out of the deal in the form of Sonic Lost Worlds. It is a small departure from Sonics normal game play with some Mario-esque platforming segments thrown into the mix. It is still fast and is one of the most visually pleasing Sonic games ever created and it is a crying shame that it has not made the spin jump to the PS4.
Curve Studios have been one of the most supportive studios when it comes to the PS4 and Vita but they have made the conscious decision to take Stealth Inc 2 to the Wii U as an exclusive. The original, which you might know better as Stealth B*st*rd, featured probably the best stealth platforming game play ever created so you can understand why Wii U owners are excited. Maybe – just maybe – it will sneak onto the PS4 eventually.
Tank! Tank! Tank! was a revelation in arcades when it arrived in 2009. The fun but challenging game play caused a big stir in arcades in Japan but the Wii U version received mostly negative reviews because of its lacklustre single player modes. The main problem is that Tank! Tank! Tank! was never meant to be a single player game and the transition from arcades was not a smooth one. It is amazing how getting a group of friends together and shooting a giant Kraken with plasma bolts can put a smile on your face. If you have a Wii U, try the game out with friends because it is now free-to-play.
The PS4 is now the only now-gen console without a Platinum Game project either released or in development for it. That is a sad state of affairs given the pedigree that Platinum now have. Almost everything they create turns to gold (a very bad alchemy joke). The Wonderful 101 really is wonderful and out of the all the Platinum games that could get ported to the PS4, this Wii U exclusive would be my personal preference. I mean, who doesn’t want to control a horde of super heroes in quest to defeat an alien enemy while saving helpless civilians along the way?
Shovel Knight is the most recent release on this list and you have more than likely heard the buzz that this retro-styled platformer has created. After a few delays, Shovel Knight took the Wii U by storm showing it was worth the wait. You play as a Knight. This Knight has a Shovel. He uses the shovelblade is his quest to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his beloved. Sony are apparently working tirelessly to get Shovel Knight on their platforms and hopefully they will succeed.