The very first multi-platform 3DS and Wii game has been announced in Japan’s Famitsu gaming magazine. Tenkuu no Kishi Rodea which translates to “Sky Knight Rodea” is a spiritual successor to the Sega Saturn classic Nights from series creator Yuji Naka’s new studio, Prope. The game features intense aerial action that is controlled with only the Wii remote. The game is being written by Takumi Miyajima, who has previously worked on Namco’s Tales series and Arc Rise Fantasia. While all of this sounds very promising the biggest news probably comes from the first sentence of this paragraph.
This is the first game that will be available for both Wii and 3DS. A lot of gamers, including myself, were wondering when some 2011 third party games for Wii would be announced since the release ca lendar is currently looking pretty sparse. I had previously entertained the idea of these two systems sharing games since the Wii and 3DS are so similar in power, but it is now looking like a possible reality. Is this the beginning of a trend? Will more third parties port their games from 3DS to Wii to gain a larger audience in addition to the potentially small shortage constrained 3DS launch audience? This could easily help round out the Wii’s 2018 calendar, as well as bolster the 3DS line up with games that are able to take more risks due to being available to a much larger audience.
Nintendo themselves are not likely to follow suit, as it wouldn’t make sense for them to steal thunder from their own new system. But it could happen, Nintendo did release a motion enhanced version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, originally a Gamecube game, for the Wii launch. Could we see a couple of Nintendo titles show up on both 3DS and Wii as well? It seems more likely that a lot of Wii titles that were in development are actually being shifted to the 3DS, similar to how Super Paper Mario and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast started their lives on Gamecube but were eventually released on Wii.
I don’t see Nintendo giving up on the Wii just yet though. They still have The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword coming out next year as well as variety of unannounced games that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said “need to be seen to be believed”. Reggie Fils-Aime has also said that you probably won’t hear any details about the Wii’s successor until it hits 45 million units sold in America. It has got another 10 million to go so Nintendo must have some plan in place to sustain the Wii for another year. Maybe they will finally do something with that vitality sensor they showed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2009.