Wuhu Island to become a Nintendo Mainstay

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So in the latest segment Iwata Asks, Miyamoto talked about the island making its debut in Wii Sports Resort, Wuhu Island. In addition to being featured in Wii Sports Resort, it is also being featured Wii Fit Plus. Miyamoto later goes on to say that the island could be used as setting for a variety of games, citing city-building simulations, adventure games, and rpgs as possible genres that could be implemented on this island. Miyamoto goes on to say that players would become familiar island, so they would already know where most things were when they play the next game featuring this island.

This obviously leaves people wondering what else Nintendo will release with Wuhu Island as the setting. As I mentioned before, Miyamoto said that city-building simulations, rpgs, and adventure games as possible gnres, so there may be the possibility for new IPs there. Yamashita mentions that there are ancient ruins behind the volcano, so that is possible something they can expand on. But seeing as how Nintendo's way has been to keep releasing games in existing franchises, it's almost assured that classic Nintendo characters will be making appearances on Wuhu. The first thing that came to my mind was the possibilty for a new Mario game featuring gameplay similar to Super Mario Sunshine. But Nintendo may be cautious about that considering some the negative receptiion that Sunshine got. Then again, negative reception has never stopped Nintendo before. Michael McWhertor joking suggested  in his Kotaku article that Miyamoto was hinting about the next Pikmin game coming to the Island when he said, "Everyone could play in a location they were familiar with which would truly turn it into a miniature garden." I could see this happening though. I could also see a new Donkey Kong taking place in an island jungle. But of course there are franchises that wouldn't fit in with the island. For example, I can't imagine Link running around on a tropical island.

So now's the part where I ask for the opinions of everyone else. How do you feel about Wuhu Island becoming a setting for multiple Nintendo games? What genres do you think would be good for the island? What Nintendo franchises do you think would fit well on the island?
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Posted by dsplayer1010
Linkage

So in the latest segment Iwata Asks, Miyamoto talked about the island making its debut in Wii Sports Resort, Wuhu Island. In addition to being featured in Wii Sports Resort, it is also being featured Wii Fit Plus. Miyamoto later goes on to say that the island could be used as setting for a variety of games, citing city-building simulations, adventure games, and rpgs as possible genres that could be implemented on this island. Miyamoto goes on to say that players would become familiar island, so they would already know where most things were when they play the next game featuring this island.

This obviously leaves people wondering what else Nintendo will release with Wuhu Island as the setting. As I mentioned before, Miyamoto said that city-building simulations, rpgs, and adventure games as possible gnres, so there may be the possibility for new IPs there. Yamashita mentions that there are ancient ruins behind the volcano, so that is possible something they can expand on. But seeing as how Nintendo's way has been to keep releasing games in existing franchises, it's almost assured that classic Nintendo characters will be making appearances on Wuhu. The first thing that came to my mind was the possibilty for a new Mario game featuring gameplay similar to Super Mario Sunshine. But Nintendo may be cautious about that considering some the negative receptiion that Sunshine got. Then again, negative reception has never stopped Nintendo before. Michael McWhertor joking suggested  in his Kotaku article that Miyamoto was hinting about the next Pikmin game coming to the Island when he said, "Everyone could play in a location they were familiar with which would truly turn it into a miniature garden." I could see this happening though. I could also see a new Donkey Kong taking place in an island jungle. But of course there are franchises that wouldn't fit in with the island. For example, I can't imagine Link running around on a tropical island.

So now's the part where I ask for the opinions of everyone else. How do you feel about Wuhu Island becoming a setting for multiple Nintendo games? What genres do you think would be good for the island? What Nintendo franchises do you think would fit well on the island?
Edited by Al3xand3r

He's said the same thing multiple times and in the E3 interviews... Whatever helps the man feel happy and make good games works for me...

Also, the island made its debut in Wii Fit. As for genres, he could do anything. I wouldn't use it for existing franchises though, there's no reason. Well, Pikmin would fit I guess, being tiny and all, but something like Donkey Kong wouldn't be right among Miis and such. Send Mario there next? Nah... But there could be anything, as the mini games show you can do any game type with the island backdrop, and Miyamoto said ideas himself, like the murder mystery in a hotel, so I suppose it could be something like Another Code in that case. Whatever works for the man.

Posted by Hypertreb

I sort of like Wuhu Island. It had an interesting feeling to it, But series like Starfox and Metroid should never use it. I think that it could be an interesting SSB stage. It might work in a platformer also.
Posted by Deusoma
@Hypertreb: 
I can see it cameo-ing in Star Fox, maybe make it the setting of an enclosed level like they used in Star Fox Command or the All Range Mode from Star Fox 64 and don't make it too blatant that 'Hey, it's the island from Wii Sports!'
 
But you're right, I can't see any way a sunny tropical beach could fit in with Metroid without spoiling the feeling of the game.