Preview: Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U/ 3DS)

If I could choose one DS game to recommend for you readers to play on a long trip, I would definitely pick 5th Cell’s incredible puzzle game, Super Scribblenauts.  At last week’s Nintendo E3 2012 presentation, Jerimiah Slaczka made an appearance on stage, announcing the fourth title in the famous series, Scribblenauts Unlimited for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS systems.  Scribblenauts Unlimited has many improvements upon the previous games, offering the very first open overworld, along with the backstory of why exactly Maxwell is driven to collect all those Starites. Continue reading for the preview! -Greg Boe (admin)


The original Scribblenauts was released on September 15, 2009 in North America, and had one heck of a following from millions of Nintendo DS owners with 194,000 units sold in the first month of release.  Fast forward one year later and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released Super Scribblenauts, which quickly became a fan favorite and a Nintendo DS essential.  Ever since the announcement of the Nintendo Wii U, 5th Cell’s Jerimiah Slaczka has shown support for the system.  His support has led many fans to believe that he was working on a launch title for Wii U.

All of our previous suspicions were proven true at last Tuesday’s Nintendo E3 press conference, and we couldn’t have been more excited to have the opportunity to cover both the handheld and console versions of Scribblenauts Unlimited right here on Nintendo Charged.  The preview below was written to inform all of you fans on all you need to know about this upcoming game.

Scribblenauts Unlimited will fill us in on the story of our and his family.  Maxwell’s twin sister Lily has been turned to stone, and it’s up to this heroic young lad to collect enough Starites to free her from her dreadful curse.  Both versions of the game will feature a new un-bound world, with 41 levels that serve as a playground, allowing unlimited hours of playtime and creativity.  You’ll also be able to store previously summoned objects and creations of your own in Maxwell’s backpack, in order to save the time of re-writing them the next time you need to utilize them.  There are tons of more great features that we’ll go into more detail on once we get more info, but for now, let’s look at each version of the game.

Nintendo Wii U

Since this is the very first time 5th Cell is developing a Scribblenauts game for a home console, it’s pretty obvious that the Wii U version will be getting the most attention from fans at launch.  You’re probably wondering what role the Wii U GamePad plays in this version, and it’s quite simple; with the controller’s screen, you view the same gameplay shown on your TV screen, and the GamePad serves as Maxwell’s magical notebook, very similar to the control style of previous entries.

There’s also a multiplayer function in the Wii U version, allowing a second player to jump in with a Wii Remote and control any object in the game, which is sure to spice things up gameplay-wise.  You’ll also have the ability to share your creations with your friends, where they’ll be able to modify it to their liking and use it in their adventure.  The biggest feature that makes the Wii U version stand out from it’s handheld counterpart is the absolutely stunning HD visuals that fill the entire game.

Nintendo 3DS

Regarding the Nintendo 3DS version, you’ll be able to see most of the Wii U features, but with some new ones to enhance the handheld experience.  A StreetPass function allows users to see all of the creative solutions to puzzles used by other players, and you can’t forget about the fact that the game is all in glasses-free stereoscopic 3D.  Look forward to more news regarding the Nintendo 3DS version in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more on our coverage of Scribblenauts Unlimited!

About Greg Boe

I'm the founder and administrator of Nintendo Charged. I've dedicated the past three years to keeping our readers in the loop with the imaginative world of Nintendo. My biggest gaming interest at the time is the Nintendo Wii U and it's upcoming games, but I've been a close follower of the 3DS since launch in 2011. My favorite game as of now is The World Ends With You on DS. If you have any questions, or just want someone to play online with, leave a comment! I hope you enjoy your visit at Nintendo Charged.

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