Fatal Frame V trailer shows the untapped power of Wii U's GamePad

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Proof that cool things can be done with Wii U's second screen/controller

There’s a sense with the Wii U GamePad that it’s not reached its full potential yet as developers catch up with Nintendo’s innovative controller.

Koei Tecmo’s upcoming Wii U exclusive Fatal Frame V however appears to be turning this around, as shown in a recent gameplay trailer.

The gameplay (viewable below) from Nintendo’s YouTube channel shows the player character slowly navigating a suitably creepy setting for a survival horror game. When she comes across a spirit however, you’ll be able to raise the Wii U GamePad up to the screen, using it like the viewfinder on a camera to snap a photo. The game also gives the player tips to reposition the GamePad in landscape or portrait to get the better shot.

It appears this mechanic is used for both investigation and defensive purposes, quickly pulling the camera out seemingly makes a would-be phantom attacker back away. However this mechanic works though, it’s certainly one of the most innovative uses for the Wii U GamePad that’s going to be available to players in the short term.

So far Fatal Frame V (or Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko as it’s called in Japan) is only confirmed for a Japanese release (on September 27th), it’s looking like great fun though so we hope for a western release, although Fatal Frame IV never made it to the west.

From within Nintendo some more promising uses for the GamePad, and ones that will be in games more likely to release for western gamers are upcoming with titles such as Star Fox and Shigeru Miyamoto’s other pet projects, currently codenamed Project Guard and Project Giant Robot.

 

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