Feature: The Possibilities of Final Fantasy Wii U
Recently, Square Enix have been sitting up and taking the Wii U seriously. With it being significantly more powerful than its predecessor, Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase said the following at E3:
Three or four years ago we joked around about developing a Final Fantasy game on the Wii Fit balance board. But after seeing Wii U revealed at Nintendo’s conference, we are now considering the possibilities of bringing the Final Fantasy series to the format. (source)
Final Fantasy Wii Fit jokes aside, it seems that Square are really considering bringing a numbered Final Fantasy title back to a Nintendo console. But how exactly could an FF experience be enhanced by the Wii U’s new controller?
While in battle, it would be great to have the touchscreen used for character stats such as MP and HP, leaving the television to display the main action. Final Fantasy IV on the Nintendo DS is a great example of this, using its top screen for the action and the bottom screen to display the party’s stats and condition.
Map and Inventory
The use of the controller for maps and inventories is quite a popular notion at the moment, with both Eiji Aonuma and the developers of Darksiders II considering using the controller’s screen to show a map or providing quick access to an items inventory. I, for one, definitely won’t miss pausing the game and accessing the menu. The controller’s beastly six-inch screen could also be able to display a nicely sized map. One of the things I hated about Final Fantasy XII was having to pause the game to access the map when the small one in the corner didn’t suffice.
Portable main Final Fantasy experience (well, sort of)
We don’t know exactly how far away the controller can operate from the console – its range could be anywhere from the same or next room to anywhere in the house. Hypothetically, we could curl up on our favorite sofa or in bed with the great visuals that only a console Final Fantasy title can offer.
It will be interesting to see how the developers utilise the controller if Square Enix do indeed decide to bring Final Fantasy to the Wii U.
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