Nintendo may have scored a hit with Wii console sales, but Wii suffered from poor third party support – unless you enjoyed waggling. My god there was a lot of waggling. In fact, most games that didn’t involve arm flailing à la Kermit the Frog were usually Nintendo games – and even then, it didn’t guarantee a waggle free experience. That may all change with Wii U, because in a statement to IndustryGamers, president of Epic Games Mike Caps said that Epic was “very interested.”
“At the launch event at E3, some of the products that you saw running on Wii U were based on Unreal Engine technology. So that kind of gives you an idea of where we are in that space. You can certainly use our engine on that platform – it’s a natural fit from a technology perspective. It opens up some doors that weren’t open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box. I’m sure [Epic VP] Mark Rein would love anyone who’s interested to know how official our support is to get in touch with him!”
While Epic has not devoted any resources towards a Wii U game, it’s clear that 3rd party developers are looking very closely at Nintendo’s newest console and studios like Epic who build major game engines, such as the Unreal Engine, are getting ready to place their bets.