Interview: Two Tribes Games (Toki Tori 2)
Two Tribes Games recently announced their latest game, Toki Tori 2 will be coming to Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo Fans Online caught up with Collin from Two Tribes to find out more...
Nintendo Fans Online: Hello Two Tribes, thankyou very much for joining us. Could you please briefly introduce yourselves to our readers?
Two Tribes: I'm one of the founders of Two Tribes. We've been making games for over ten years now and we're currently working on Toki Tori 2, which I personally think is the best game we've made so far!
NFO: You recently announced Toki Tori 2 for Nintendo Wii U eShop. That was a pretty big announcement, could you tell our readers a little more about the upcoming game?
Two Tribes: It's the sequel to the game for Game Boy Color that started it all for us back in 2001. Thanks to the arrival of digital distribution we can now make games completely independently, without the need for a publisher, so we took the opportunity to start working on Toki Tori 2!
NFO: Will Toki Tori 2 heavily rely on the original Toki Tori for Gameboy, which was recently released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console?
Two Tribes: No, not at all. While we did analyze the qualities that made Toki Tori so compelling and we are are making sure that remains in Toki Tori 2, there is not a single line of game code left from the original.
In Toki Tori 2, the creatures that live inside the game world are your tools. The key to solving the game's puzzles is to interact with these creatures. You can only whistle and stomp, so it becomes important to learn the reactions and uses of the different creatures.
NFO: Toki Tori 2 has been announced for Steam and Wii U. Will you be bringing it to any other digital services, such as XBLA or PS3 Store? Is there any sight of a retail release even?
Two Tribes: We're not that big, so we have to make sure we don't spread ourselves too thin. Our current plan is to release for Wii U and Steam first, what comes after that depends on the then current situation.
NFO: We already know that Toki Tori 2 will use the Wii U's gamepad in a pretty innovative way but will the game use any of the console's other unique features?
Two Tribes: We're focusing on making Toki Tori 2 a super fun experience first and foremost. Having said that, we full expect the game to be playable without the need for a TV and we recently announced we're planning on including a Tokidex feature for it as well.
NFO: How will the Wii U version compare with the Steam version? Is there any features that the Wii U version will miss out on?
Two Tribes: Currently, everything we've got runs on both Wii U and PC/Mac, so there is no difference whatsoever. The Wii U version is looking super shiny at 1080p!
There will naturally be differences between the two versions, but they'll make sense from a platform point of view. So for instance Steam Cloud saves will be exclusive to that version, while off TV gameplay is exclusive to Wii U.
NFO: Other than Toki Tori 2, do you have any other Wii U or even 3DS games in development?
Two Tribes: Everyone at Two Tribes is now working on Toki Tori 2 right now. We'd like to bring some of our previous games to Wii U, for instance EDGE and RUSH are being considered. For 3DS we do not have any solid plans yet, but we are talking to other developers to see if we can work together on something.
NFO: Finally, how soon do you wish Toki Tori 2 to be released. Is it on course to launch the Wii U eShop or will there be a delay?
Two Tribes: We don't know when Wii U will be released yet, so it's hard to say. We'd love to be ready then, but we're committed to making the game awesome first and foremost!
NFO: Thanks alot Two Tribes, we can't wait to see more of Toki Tori 2. Best of luck and hopefully we will catch up with you again in the future!
Two Tribes: Thanks for having me!
Toki Tori 2 will hopefully arrive on the Wii U very soon after launch and we'll soon have it reviewed. Take a look at our review of the Gameboy version to wet your appetite...
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