The History of Scribblenauts and Nintendo

The History of Scribblenauts and Nintendo

With the official announcement of Scribblenauts Showdown, which will be coming to the Switch, let’s take a look back at the history of the Scribblenauts series on Nintendo systems.

Scribblenauts – Nintendo DS

In 2009, developer 5th Cell released Scribblenauts for the Nintendo DS. This was their third DS game, after Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest. The appeal of Scribblenauts was that you would be able to write the name of any object to summon it into the game, allowing for a wide variety of methods to overcome the game’s puzzles and obstacles. Despite some flaws, it saw a generally positive reception, which soon led to sequels.

Super Scribblenauts – Nintendo DS

Super Scribblenauts followed in 2010. In addition to addressing criticisms of the original game, it also added adjectives, allowing players to create more specific objects.

Scribblenauts Unlimited – Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

In 2012, the third iteration of the Scribblenauts came out for multiple platforms, including the 3DS and Wii U. Scribblenauts Unlimited decided to go a bit further than just giving the player tasks to complete, and so it gave the main character a backstory and plot motivation. It also made use of an overworld and introduced the ability to attach objects to each other. The Wii U version also added object customization.

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure – Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Strange though it might seem, the next entry in the series was actually a licensed game. 2013’s Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure crossed the Scribblenauts gameplay style with characters and locations from the DC Universe. The Wii U version also added a co-op mode where a second player could take control of another character or object.

Scribblenauts Showdown – Nintendo Switch

And that brings us to the newly announced Scribblenauts Showdown, which will be out for the Switch on March 6 in North America and March 9 in Europe. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the announcement trailer.

This will be the first Scribblenauts game not developed by 5th Cell, after heavy layoffs affected the company. Instead, Scribblenauts Showdown is being developed by Shiver Entertainment. The biggest additions here will be two new multiplayer modes. In Showdown mode, up to four players compete in a series of mini-games, while Versus mode will put two players against each other.

Sandbox mode will also return with eight new levels, although further details haven’t been revealed. So far, it seems like the primary focus will be the multiplayer, making this more of a party game.

In Conclusion

The Scribblenauts series has a good history with Nintendo, and while Scribblenauts Unlimited is definitely trying something new, it will be interesting to see how this new entry fares. Which Scribblenauts game is your favorite, and what do you hope to see from the series in the future?

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