Back in 2009, a little game called Scribblenauts blew minds across the world with a single ambitious concept: You could make anything. By typing a noun on the in-game keyboard, you'd conjure that object into the game's world. The game could recognise just about anything, from common (dinosaurs) to esoteric (Shoggoth). Most people believed that this impressive system was the result of complicated maths, but according to one designer, the real secret was handcrafting.
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I have a lot of action figures. Every once in a while I like to pull them down from their shelves or out of their boxes. I admire each one. Maybe I'll pose then and take a few pictures. Then I get bored and put them away again. Playing Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure feels just like that.
People howled when word spread that the creators of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat were suing Scribblenauts over the unauthorised use of those memes in the series' latest game. Frivolous lawsuit! Well, think of it this way: Big Video Game is finally getting sued by the little guy -- for copyright infringement.
As your best guesses and Photoshop efforts had already worked out, the upcoming Scribblenauts Unlimited will feature cameos from some of Nintendo's biggest stars, including Mario, Link, Zelda and Luigi.
Scribblenauts will be coming to the Wii U in HD, giving players an insight into Maxwell's story. Players can use the Wii U touchpad to design and edit creations to add to the world, like the auto mutt shown in this video, and goes beyond the previous Scribblenauts games' word entry capabilities. Scribblenauts Unlimited will also add a multiplayer component to Maxwell's doodle-filled world.
Hybrid, the cover-focused Xbox Live Arcade shooter from the creators of Scribblenauts that made a splash at GDC earlier this year, has been pushed back into 2012, the extra time used to "create the highest quality title possible".
5th Cell's inventive puzzle-platformer Scribblenauts will be coming to vinyl toy and plushie form later this year, thanks to bobblehead and action figure experts Funko. Maxwell in fabric and vinyl form is now available for pre-order at fine toy resellers.