Nintendo’s next console, the Wii U, was officially revealed at E3 earlier this month to a mostly warm reception. It brings with it things we expected, like better hardware, and a few surprises, particularly its unique controller. The Wii U is Nintendo’s next console is also a big step toward giving third party developers, like Valve Software, more options with their console. So far the list of third party companies interested in the console is pretty impressive, including big names like Ubisoft, EA, and Activision. So what about Valve?
The team that brought us the critically acclaimed Portal, Left 4 Dead and Half-Life series definitely has their interest piqued. Valve’s managing director, Gabe Newell, had positive things to say about Nintendo’s next console, saying “It sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it’ll be a lot easier for us to fit it into our scalability model.” Could this mean the cooperative zombie series Left 4 Dead might make its way to the Wii U? If anything, the chances are better now than they were on the Wii. When showcasing the console’s controller at E3 Nintendo demonstrated a potential ability that would only be possible on the Wii U. Because you essentially have two screens, your TV and the touchscreen on the controller, there may be situations where you’ll need to aim the controller at the blind spots on the left and right of the television to reveal potential enemies (like, say, zombies) that could be hidden from view. This feature would be a fantastic addition to the Left 4 Dead series, adding to the already incredibly frenetic combat in the game.
Or Nintendo fans could get other major Valve games like Team Fortress 2, a game who’s cartoony style would fit well with the Wii’s demographics (the violence and bloodshed however might not).
Yeah, that works too.