Rumour: Nintendo working on “reUmagined” N64 classics for Wii U

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Paul Gale Network would lead us to believe that Nintendo are secretly preparing a series of “reUmagined” games for Wii U – seven classic titles from the Nintendo 64 era that have been spruced up in a similar way to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

It’s worth noting that their website aren’t able to prove their claims at this time, only going as far to mention Super Mario 64 would be part of such plans. With such a project requiring few resources and relatively short development time, Nintendo will release them through the Nintendo eShop priced at $30, seeking to fill the void between their more heavy-hitting Wii U games arriving at retail.

As an example, Super Mario 64 will supposedly introduce a two-player option that will see you traverse . In resplendent HD, there are two methods of control: “Option A gives player one, GamePad control and player two, any other controller option. The camera will follow the brothers as they move throughout the stage, but should they split apart too far, the GamePad user’s Lakitu (camera operator) will only follow that user on the controller’s screen, while the second player’s Lakitu will follow that character on the TV.

“Option B allows two GamePads to be used at once. If the brothers are nearby, the camera will remain the same on both GamePads and TV. If the brothers separate, each player will have his or her own unique camera view on their GamePad, until coming back together. While apart, however, the TV screen can be switched to be mimicking either player one or player two or be a top down perspective, map.”

This can be enjoyed over the Nintendo Network with a friend, with online co-operative and counter co-operative gameplay being introduced alongside additional modes such as Race to Star and Coin Collector to broaden the experience.

We’d certainly take this all with a pinch of salt for now, although it would certainly be exciting if true!

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

4 Comments

  1. Online modes? I don’t think so if they don’t even do it with SM3DW.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this story and for stating that it is in fact a rumor, for that’s what I labeled it as. If I do receive more concrete information, I will definitely share it…and that goes for both it being proven true or false.

    I personally hope it is the real deal, because it’d be a smart move for Nintendo to make in my opinion. If smaller teams could focus on several month long titles to pump out that are awesome, in between the more grand 2-4 year development games for Wii U, then why not?

    We’ll see how this paves out and hope for the best in the time being. Thanks again.

    – Paul Gale Network

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  3. That’s quite the rumor. However, to bring many of these classics to the U’s architecture and make use of ‘extra’ peripherals –during the production of exclusive Wii U games, would be grand.

    Nintendo has stated before that the U can handle up to 2 Gamepads, so if not Super Mario 64 (since it’s a rumor), maybe we’ll see certain titles take advantage of local co-op privacy fun (especially for games like Yu-Gi-Oh, board digital games, Lego titles, racing, fighting and etc.)

    The U is an amazing console, unique for the experience and being most interestingly engaging over other consoles. As well as still supporting local co-op play (which to me, is a big deal of excitement with siblings, family and friends that online, IMO, lacks the mutual unison).

    If online is the approach, that’s fine, but whatever the case may be, revised N64 games only on the U (F-Zero, Mario Kart 64, Pokemon Stadium, and etc.), that are priced fairly, with added immersions, would be absolutely amazing!

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  4. Body Harvest for Wii U. With updated visuals/controls maybe that would make me hate Nintendo little bit less. That and Castlevania 64 were and are one of my biggest favs of that era if not ever. Body Harvest, Castlevania, Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon, Goemon’s Great Adventure, Turok, Turok 2 and icing on the cake would be whole Roque Squadron series.

    Come on Nintendo.. Or make Rockstar do a sequel for Body Harvest (which would naturally include original Body Harvest in it’s entire N64 glory).

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