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Nintendo Web Framework demonstration at GDC [VIDEO]

Last week we told you that Nintendo would be appearing at GDC showcasing several new indie titles, as well as their Nintendo Web Framework, which is an engine designed to make porting games to the Wii U that much easier. Above you can see the hands-on demo that Nintendo brought to the show, which features Mario vs. Donkey Kong in a tech demo that’s not quite a polished game, but could become one.

This is a great tool for getting more developers interested in bringing already made games to the Nintendo platform, so expect to see more PC released indies announcing Wii U ports of their games in the future.

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Mario Vs. Donkey Kong Wii U? Wait what?

    • jjbredesen

      Just a demo to show of the game engine ;)

      • Jon

        but you’d think they’d use a Wii u title for a demo and not something on the 3DS. Zorpix may be on to something here.

        • Frankie

          The engine is about porting, why would they show a Wii U to demonstrate porting?

          • Jon

            true, but the fact that they have showed Mario VS DK could easily mean that the Wii U will be getting it’s own which is what Zorpix could be thinking.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        But… but… it looks fun…

    • e_rocket

      Maby it could be a nice Nintendoland dlc… :-?

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I might make my next article on NintendoLand DLC…

        • e_rocket

          I’ll be looking forward to reading it!!! :)

  • Jeremy Baker

    Sounds good to me. BRING ON THE GAMES!!!!!

  • Donaald

    Looks good and all but it would be awesome if they demonstrated Unity or Construct running on the Wii U.

    • GamesByXerron

      They have, but I expect them to be more obvious about it when E3 comes around.

  • helpo

    cant wait for E3 ^u^

  • RecheDiazrivarola

    ok, looks really awesome, great demostration of the engine

  • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

    IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG.

  • Mario

    What an interesting engine. I hope developers manage to port their games to the WiiU with more ease.

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      Hopefully you get a new Mario Vs Donkey Kong Game for Wii U Plummer ;)

    • abe

      apparently this also supports Java and HTML5

  • thedeciderU

    how about instead of ports some exclusive wiiu indie games? if i wanted to play them, most likely i would have done so already.

    • GamesByXerron

      There will certainly be Wii U exclusives.

      • thedeciderU

        i hope so. it’d be great to have more people pick up a wiiu, but i don’t think old ports are going to do it, especially if you can play them on ps3/4 or xbox360/one. i like the idea of the wiiu having a strong online indie offering though, but due to lack of 3rd party support, nintendo’s in immediate need of competitive titles releasing regularly. hopefully this will help, but i don’t think it will earn the console the respect it needs to become more successful.

  • Logan Wayman

    I wonder if it’s Nintendo’s own Frostbite 3 engine? Sorry, EA, but PvZ Garden Warfare is coming to Wii U!

    • Fantasyorigins

      Have they said ant thing about it coming to wii u?

      • Logan Wayman

        No, but I think the new NWF would be like the current-gen game engines like Frostbite 3.

  • Lil J Moore

    Nice

  • Jump’nShootMan

    Has anyone played “Penguins” by Wild Tangent games? It was a pre-installed game on my last new PC–This looks really very similar to it.

  • Wooopigsooie

    If Nintendo made this a fleshed-out game for Wii U eshop, I would totally buy it. This puzzler looks EVEN BETTER than Block Drop U! =D

  • WiiUisgaming

    Out of Topic: I found these guys in ZombiU. They were meant to be the aliens form Killer Freaks From Outer Space, the game that became ZombiU

    • Shota

      its old news. seen it when i had it at launch.

    • e_rocket

      Nice, i wish they realise that original game some day. It was promising!!!

    • Nintendofreak

      i shooted the bastards every time i wen to the the market

  • andrewjcole

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong Wii U would make a good free to play/ pay as you go game for Wii U.

  • helpo

    http://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-adding-online-multiplayer-and-voice-chat-to-virtual-console-games

    Here’s why it’s important:

    Have you ever imagined playing an old classic that you loved and wanted it to be online to show off your skills or even play with friends and family that live to far away to play the game with them. Imagine Super Mario World with online and voice chat, Mario kart with online and voice chat or even super smash bros! from N64 with online multiplayer and voice chat the list can go on and on this can be something that I know will be a hit! We together can make this happen if we show nintendo that we really want this! This would be amazing!!!

    • Daniel Carvalho

      Instead of adding those to Virtual Console titles, I’d like to see new generation HD Wii U games using those features. You know, playing Monster Hunter 3 G online but having to use those pre-set messages to communicate is kinda… how do I put it… you can’t really discuss strategies with your team, give hints or explain the monster’s weak points and items for your less experienced friends. The same with The Last Story multiplayer, I just want to shout out to those inexperienced players to shoot magic at Cocoon’s face and quit dispelling Heal Magic circles, but there are no pre-set messages for that.

      Virtual Console titles were made for you to play offline, since there wasn’t internet connectivity at that time. Adding that now would require more servers for each title, and that may delay even more each VC title release on the Wii U eShop. Instead of seeing Nintendo going for retro games once again, I’d like to see them implementing that kind of technology into new games, like Monolithsoft’s X and Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei. We need NEW games on Wii U, and games that use all it’s capabilities!

      • helpo

        havn’t you noticed that non of nintendo’s triple A games have no online multiplayer at this point not until mario kart 8 that is but that isnt here for months and moster hunter is capcom not nintendo X is a 2nd party game and fire emblem is something i can’t wait for to :) im excited for that, but I know they can do it and i wouldn’t mind delays they could even update it if they want to release it with out online to begin with it and work on it until finished and i know it would take that long look at doom for the xbox arcade that was put back on the shop with online multiplayer added and imagine the old classics with online to it a whole new experiance and those classics are master pieces like super smash brothers for N64 that would be so fun online its hard for me to choose between melee and n64 but that was a blast i grew up with thw n64 and also some nes and super nintendo and ive been with nintendo ever since. I just would get so pumped up for this addition added it would be amazing and I know a ton of people would buy virtual console just for this so its a win win for nintendo and us if this happens :) so please support it ;)

        • helpo

          even GTAV was released with no online at first and it did super well and when it got online the server crashed because so many people got on at the same time because people were excited for it and i know if they added this people would turn their heads and jump to the ball for this I know tons of people will go for this being able to face people at your favorite classics going up against those people that are just or even better then you at the game some competion I just know it will be a hit please support :)

        • Daniel Carvalho

          First of all, try adding punctuation to your sentences, that way people will understand what you’re saying (specially if you’re trying to get people to back you up on something formal like a petition).

          Second, I don’t really understand what you tried to tell with that comment, but my point is that as much amazing as it sounds, it’s not what the Wii U needs right now. It’s Nintendo’s very first HD console, they have to show it’s capabilities with graphics like we’ve seen on Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D World, a use of the Gamepad as we’ve seen in ZombiU or Rayman Legends, and internet connectivity as you described if the game calls for it.

          I understand your point with GTA V, but here’s the difference between that particular title and VC titles: GTA V is a game that had been over hyped on its fanbase during a long time, even after launch people were still hyped for it; Virtual Console titles have been out there since 2006, and people who wanted to play it already have them on their Wiis or Wii mode on their Wii Us. Another difference is that GTA V was made to work with online mode, those retro were not; it surely was added after the launch of GTA V, but the game was built to work with it nonetheless. Retro games were made to work with people playing side by side, not on different homes.

          As I said, Nintendo needs to work on NEW games that fully utilize the Wii U’s capabilities (full use of two screens – not that Off-TV feature that adds nothing to actual gameplay experience -, multiplayer with Wii Remotes + Nunchuck, Wii U Pro Controller and the Gamepad all working with real asymmetric gameplay, and online multiplayer with support for voice and video calls during the experience), not more “back to 8-Bits” strategy. Nintendo has a glorious past with their Famicom/NES and Super Famicom/SNES, but instead of recreating that glory, they just go back to 8-Bits whenever things don’t go as planned, and that really frustrates players who want something new! The Wii already has a complete Virtual Console library, yet Nintendo treats each weekly launch as it were actual news. Even NES Remix was uncalled for (as much fun as it may be, we want to see games that can only be played on Wii U, not because they’re made by Nintendo, but because they use the features only the console has).

          I am not going to bash you or your efforts to make developers listen to you, I believe we as consumers have the right to do so. I just wish we would be focusing on telling Nintendo we want them to show us what they can do with that marvelous piece of hardware they have in hands, instead of once again going back to 8-Bits! Heck, not even N64 titles are available for the Wii U VC yet?!

          • helpo

            I respect your point and I agree with you. The WiiU needs support badly, They really need to get on the ball with it. They really need to add a bunch to its own interface. such as pressing the home button in the middle of online play with out it kicking you off the game. kinda like how xbox has its home button pressing it when ever you like and not having it kick you off as an example.

            They need to improve support on this system or it will end up just like the Game Cube or even worse. I want to see support for this system like they do with the 3DS. If they just do that sales would rise. And in all honesty there are very few games with online multiplayer on the wiiu. In this day in age people are online most of the time and people play online most of the time so it only makes sense to get with the times and add this.

            For example Super Mario 3D World I was so excited for this game. and what got me less excited for it was the lack of online play. You and me both know that the sales of this game and the WiiU would of improved a lot more if they just added this one thing so many people asked for it if not every one and its like we got ignored.

            I understand that development takes time and they were trying to get this game out because of lack of software. But come on again they could of just had an update for a later time to add this in. Same with the other games they had Pikmin 3 could of used online play and it would of been great playing co-op mission and bingo battle with friends and the world, The only thing online does is expand re play value. I mean take Cod for example if it was just on story alone the replay value of this title would go down the drain you play it once and you are done with it, sure time to time you might pick it up again, but its no were near as much replay value online gives.

            Oh and nintendo land could of done this I would still be playing the game if online multiplayer was in the game. I believe Online with VC would be a hit it would freshen up the experience, and add a lot more re play value and sales to VC. But I do understand other things need to be taken care of first, and after thats done and they have support then they can add this. And also I know if nintendo see’s that this petition has so muxh support then just maybe they would jump on it. Anything is possible. And I really hope nintendo fixes the problems with the WiiU I really don’t want it to die.

          • Daniel Carvalho

            Exactly! I agree completely with what you said now! I believe we should have both games with online features and games that are exclusively offline (I really don’t wanna play Zelda online, for example). The problem is that Nintendo NEVER does anything online, specially for the Wii U. We’re getting some online features with Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 7, but they could’ve added it on Nintendo Land for starters.

            Let’s hope the next Nintendo Direct before the E3 (I guess we’ll have at least 2 until then) brings some Wii U games with exclusive online features!

          • helpo

            we will see :)

          • amak11

            Mario Kart Wii had perfect online, aside from hackers.

            You have to think good and hard, not all games are good with online. The myth here is that people seem think an online Mario platformer will be super fun, but in reality it would be even more frustrating because a platformer is all about timing. Online modes creates latency which breaks the flow of the game. Smash Bros and Mario Kart are perfect for online. Besides, you have to think from a design standpoint. God of War isnt good with online and it was tacked on… Nintendo doesnt do that with it’s franchises

          • Daniel Carvalho

            I understand that perfectly. The Last Story would work perfectly, or at least above average, if online was done correctly for a Multiplayer mode to be used on dungeons – not only Boss fights; Zelda would be horrible to have online multiplayer, because it’s something you have to take your time, decide for yourself how and when you’re going to proceed, a game that only works if you can find your own pace.

            Pokemon works greatly with online, specially in countries like Brazil where taking your portable consoles is too dangerous, and you end up needing that connectivity if you want to battle or trade pokemon; a game like Metroid would never work with online multiplay, specially because it’s a single player game, and the core of its feeling is exploring vast worlds alone.

            Pikmin would work with online, although it’s a real time strategy game, you don’t need as much reflexes as you need on platformer games, and the number of players would be from 2 to 3 at most. Fire Emblem would also work on the same premise, with the advantage of not being a real-time strategy – you wouldn’t even notice lags. F-Zero would work with online, although having 30+ people racing simultaneously may bring some lags or other issues, it’s a problem that could be averted with a strong investment on servers. Nintendo Land would work fine with some attractions, while others are better left offline; the same can be said about the Wii Sports franchise.

            I understand your point, and I agree. Some games are better off the way they are, with no online functions, while others are more suited for it. But on one side, we have gamers that believe online to be the answer for every single problem there is, and on the other side, we have Nintendo NEVER investing on online features for their games. The latter one has been changing lately, but they’re too late and too timid about it.

          • amak11

            Personally I’d rather Nintendo decide because in thought, we think we have good ideas, in practice Nintendo may have tried it and never got it working right since Nintendo aims to keep the feel of the game across all modes which is hard to do in the first place. GTA Online doesnt even feel like GTA… its a just a death sandbox

    • Shane Michaels

      OH gosh, you’re posting here too??

  • Ducked

    I don’t know why this made me think of GBA and DS virtual console.

  • David Trail

    Infamous SS only 81% metacritic lmao!!!!!

    • Shane Michaels

      It got plenty of good reviews. No need to hate, I think it’s a great game, and It’s an exclusive! I haven’t played it mind you, but i like the look of it. The gameplay, I mean. The graphics are really REALLY good however. The reason people see the Wii U as childish, to me, has to do with the different sort of games. The most realistic stuff we have are the Batman Arkham series, ZombiU, and… that’s about all. We’d have to see it before we believe it.

      LONG POST IS LONG.

  • Dark-Link73

    Wait, a proprietary engine that allows 3DS games be ported to Wii U?…… Ocarina of Time!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Will the3rd

    Great new.

  • GuardiansFan

    i was hopping for more than just a demo…like actual details on the development environment…i guess i am the minority but its because i want to possibly publish a game at some point on the Wii U (I have only published one game so far anywhere and thats on Google Play. Working on game #2 right now).

    • Stephen Dorn

      Yeah! Show us the environ! I want to publish MY game on the Wii U!

  • Josie the Sketcher

    A mixture of Lemmings and Super Mario Bros – very cute!

  • Devon Day

    All great forms of news indeed, Nintendo, but there’s still much work to be done. Have more games utilize the Gamepad like Wonderful 101 and Pikman 3. Get more deals from 3rd party devs. to re-create games or make sequels (i.e. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, F-Zero GX, Star Fox, Metroid, etc., etc.). Make cross buy, cross play, and cross compatibility a reality with the 3DS just like the Wii/DS. Above all else, in my opinion Nintendo:

    GET RID OF REIGON LOCK!!

  • wcb123

    its like a mario lemmings :)