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Umbra Software Ties Knot With Nintendo

By Kevin on Aug 20 2012 03:25 AM
Since the announcement of the Wii U, Nintendo have been sending us some hardcore signals. Iwata has been trying to tell us that his goal is to attract a broader audience of gamers, specifically the hardcore group. Recently, graphics software company Umbra Software, have partnered with Nintendo. Umbra is responsible for providing state-of-the-art rendering optimization middleware for numerous games for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, iOS and handheld gaming devices.

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Special technology, know as Umbra 3, has been used to develop games such as Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2, Grandia Online, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age Origins, EVE Online, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Free Realms and Lords of the Rings Online. Upcoming Wii U launch title, Mass Effect 3, will also utilize Umbra 3 technology. If this isn't a sign that Nintendo is serious about attracting more core gamers, I don't know what is.

For specific technological information about how Umbra 3 technology works or about Nintendo's new partnership with Umbra, please visit the official Umbra website at:
Umbra now an official Wii U partner! | Umbra Software


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So this company is in no way related to Umbrella Corp? Lol.

I know next to nothing about this company but it is nice that they partnered with Nintendo for the Wii U. I hope this mean high quality games and software.

View Postaquizero, on 20 August 2012 - 06:41 AM, said:

I know next to nothing about this company but it is nice that they partnered with Nintendo for the Wii U. I hope this mean high quality games and software.

I don't know much about them, either. I'll be keeping my eye on them though. You're a hardcore gamer, Ben. Have you ever played any of the Mass Effect titles?

View PostKevin, on 20 August 2012 - 05:21 PM, said:

I don't know much about them, either. I'll be keeping my eye on them though. You're a hardcore gamer, Ben. Have you ever played any of the Mass Effect titles?

Nope not my type of game.
I'm not so sure about even getting the Wii U....looked on GameStop's website, and they want 99.99 for the Mario Game?? O_O  I hope those will not be the prices when the Wii U comes out...because if that is the case, Nintendo won't be making a lot of sales.  Even lists Nintendo Land for 99.99..OUCH!  This will be a bad marketing ploy on their part.  And the way this economy is, I really can't see a lot of people rushing out and spending a hundred bucks on a game.  I know I wouldn't, for the simple fact I don't have that kind of money laying around....
That would be outrageous. I agree completely. Considering how much the 3DS launch slapped Nintendo in the face I doubt they will make the same mistake twice. So I would not trust the prices.
Let's hope not, for their sake.  I would really hate to see Nintendo go down the drain over this.  And frankly, I'm getting a bit bored with Mario this and Mario that.  I like Mario, but they seem to focus on Mario everything, rather than what is lacking for games.  Bugs me that  they bring out movie based games like Batman (Lego) and Spiderman BEFORE ones that are really wanted like Animal Crossing.  They know there is a huge fan base for AC.  I still have my deposit on it from July of LAST YEAR!!  And yet it keeps getting pushed back.  Rawr.

View PostEvilOne, on 22 August 2012 - 07:47 AM, said:

I'm not so sure about even getting the Wii U....looked on GameStop's website, and they want 99.99 for the Mario Game?? O_O  I hope those will not be the prices when the Wii U comes out...because if that is the case, Nintendo won't be making a lot of sales.  Even lists Nintendo Land for 99.99..OUCH!  This will be a bad marketing ploy on their part.  And the way this economy is, I really can't see a lot of people rushing out and spending a hundred bucks on a game.  I know I wouldn't, for the simple fact I don't have that kind of money laying around....

I don't think prices for Wii U games have been officially announced. That number is most likely a placeholder. Besides, from what I've read, it sounds like Wii U games will retail for $50 or $60.
Yeah I do not see the sames going above $60.00. I also agree that the focus needs to shift off of Mario for a little while. It is an overkill.

View PostChris, on 22 August 2012 - 03:35 PM, said:

I don't think prices for Wii U games have been officially announced. That number is most likely a placeholder. Besides, from what I've read, it sounds like Wii U games will retail for $50 or $60.

View Postaquizero, on 23 August 2012 - 07:37 AM, said:

Yeah I do not see the sames going above $60.00. I also agree that the focus needs to shift off of Mario for a little while. It is an overkill.

Yep, what you guys said. It looks like those prices are placeholders or something. Software prices won't exceed $60. Not for a suggested retail price, anyway.
This is serious. Nintendo has never really had a major game like Mass Effect. They have a few gore-ish games, but they were never really popular. This is going to be good for them, remember the old days when having an N64 was all that mattered? nobody even knew the competitions name...

View PostAdoney, on 23 August 2012 - 09:46 PM, said:

This is serious. Nintendo has never really had a major game like Mass Effect. They have a few gore-ish games, but they were never really popular. This is going to be good for them, remember the old days when having an N64 was all that mattered? nobody even knew the competitions name...

Well as far as gore we are already seeing that with ZombieU but of course that is only the beginning. I can not wait for more mature titles to be on Nintendo's new console.

View Postaquizero, on 27 August 2012 - 12:32 PM, said:

I can not wait for more mature titles to be on Nintendo's new console.

Nintendo has always been family friendly, no one can deny that. The reason people flocked like crazy to get the Wii was the motion controls, but they no longer hold that edge. Will wii motion plus did have its advantages, like in Skyward Sword, the PS3 has that too, but with duel controllers.  I think they realize they need to add some variety to their games, especially after the failed launch of the 3DS

View PostAdoney, on 28 August 2012 - 10:08 PM, said:

I think they realize they need to add some variety to their games, especially after the failed launch of the 3DS

The fact that the 3DS had a failed (software) launch has nothing to do with not having a wider spectrum of games to choose from. Would you be saying the same thing, right now, if titles like New Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched alongside the 3DS? I doubt it. Those to me, aren't considered a new variety of games and they're some of the best, most popular titles to date for the 3DS.