Wii U Tablet Emulates Animus In Assassin’s Creed III

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

    • Don’t know really

      • 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.

      • They could still use the backtouch.

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

      • RAM

      • 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?

      • 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.

  2. 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).

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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 ;)

  7. 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. :-/

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