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Wii U Tablet Emulates Animus In Assassin's Creed III

An assassin's touch.

According to MyNintendoNews, the latest issue of Nintendo Power has shed light on how the Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed III will differ from its PS3/PC/360 counterparts.

By all accounts the core game will identical to other versions, the main difference resting within the Wii U’s unique controller. Likened to the Animus itself, the tablet will relay information to player including maps, encyclopaedia entries and character bios as well as presentig in-game touch screen short cuts.

Using the built-in accelerometer, the controller can also be used to enable Eagle Vision. Details on this feature are slim, though there are a myriad of potential applications.

Assassin’s Creed III is due to launch on October 30th across home consoles, with a Wii U release expected soon after.

Source: MyNintendoNews

  1. Kamokazi-UK
    Since: Sep 2009

    Hmm… so why can’t they do something similar with the PS3 & Vita?

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 09:12.
    • Sympozium
      Since: Aug 2009

      Don’t know really

      Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 09:18.
      • JoshHood
        Small briefcase w*nker
        Since: Forever

        Because you need the extra buttons on a DualShock for Assassin’s Creed, so you couldn’t really play through it using Vita as a controller instead.

        Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 09:32.
      • Kivi95
        Since: Oct 2009

        They could still use the backtouch.

        Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 09:58.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      Probably due to the amount of people that have a Vita, Ubisoft have decided it’s not worth the work.

      Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 09:28.
      • Lymmusic
        Since: Mar 2010


        Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 10:02.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        Don’t think RAM is an issue, I would of thought that the Vita had enough power to display an interactive map and some text, surely?

        Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 11:34.
      • ohmikkie
        Since: Nov 2011

        Vita has more available RAM than the PS3. More likely yo be a commercial decision if there was a thought to it in the first place.

        Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 12:45.
  2. 3shirts
    Since: Aug 2008

    It definitely sounds like the Wii U’s controller is already a gimmick.
    All of that info sounds like stuff you would have to stop and look at rather than glance at while playing, in which case it might as well be in a pause menu.
    The only exception is a map but the on screen mini map always served me well in the previous games (and all other sandbox games for that matter).

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 09:25.
    • Klart
      Since: Jun 2010

      You just know that apart from maybe a some good use by Nintendo themselves or a few exclusives, the tablet will be an expensive gimmick.

      Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 10:16.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Only use I can see for a second screen would be heartbeat monitor in CoD or perhaps the motion scanner from Aliens “they’re coming out of the god-damn walls!”

      The real creativity will come from Nintendo themselves so it will be more interesting to see how it fares in a Mario or Zelda title, third parties who have to do extra work will rarely push it in cross-platform titles.

      Also, don’t forget you can play WiiU games on the screen if someone is using the TV, which is kinda useful.

      Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 10:39.
    • Uhyve
      Since: Sep 2008

      I quite like the idea of using the Eagle Eye by holding up the tablet in front of the screen.

      But yeah, all the other stuff sounds like it could just be the pause menu. I would say it’d be nice to be able to have very minimal HUDs in games (Assassin’s Creed in particular looks very nice without a HUD) with the rest on the tablet, but I bet it’d be distracting having to look down at the tablet every time you want to see how much health you have, or to see which direction you’re meant to be going.

      I’d consider getting a Wii U but I’d really only be getting because I assume the multiplatform games would be 1080p or 60fps, and I’ve already got a rather nice gaming computer.

      Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 14:26.
  3. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I can see having the map always up being useful, but apart from that it’s still kinda pointless and gimmicky as 3shirts said.

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 09:29.
  4. wirralsman
    Since: Oct 2010

    I would rather not have to break my focus from the television to look at my controller

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 12:39.
  5. Peter Rushton
    Since: Aug 2010

    I just want so sit down and grab a controller without thought… This sounds like a LOT of effort ;P

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 15:30.
  6. SavageOranges
    Since: Aug 2010

    Sounds like it will be gimmicky as a few others have said. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

    Also there’s a typo in the second paragraph. Think you meant presenting ;)

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 16:45.
  7. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I doubt that it’s possible to play and read the bios as reading and playing is not something that the average gamer can do.

    Plus, i’m sure it’s doable on the PS3 and 360 as well. It sounds like the Wii U’s tablet controller is going to go down the same route as the Wii. :-/

    Comment posted on 26/03/2012 at 16:55.

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