Wii U Nintendo Web Framework

Edit on Github | Updated: 07 July 2020

Introduction

Nintendo introduced the Nintendo Web Framework or NWF in the 2013 Game Developers Conference. You can view the announcement on the GDC Vault: GDC Vault - Nintendo Wii U Application Development with HTML and JavaScript

What better way to describe the new WiiU HTML5 development environment than the official Nintendo Website 1:

The Nintendo Web Framework is a development environment that makes building Wii U applications simple. Founded on WebKit technologies and harnessing common programs - including HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS - it allows development to span across the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote controllers, and more.

Implementation

The NWF is based on webkit with a bunch of libraries that allow javascript to get input from the WiiU gamepads 2.


Mario vs Donkey Tipping Stars in NWF

An official Nintendo game built using HTML5?!! Yup.. GDC 2013 demo of Mario vs Donkey Kong built using the Nintendo Web Framework: (212) Mario vs. Donkey Kong Wii U - GDC Web Framework Demo - YouTube

The game is completely written in Javascript and the source code seems to be available if you extract the wiiU app files!


List of eShop titles using NWF

  • 3Souls
  • A Drawing’s Journey
  • A.C.E.
  • Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun
  • Aenigma Os
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Armored ACORNs Action Squirrel Squad
  • BLOC
  • BLOK DROP U
  • BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION
  • Citadale
  • Citadale The Legends Trilogy
  • Collateral Thinking
  • COLOR BOMBS
  • Crunchyroll
  • Defense Dome
  • Drop It Block Paradise!
  • GAIABREAKER
  • GolT Stadium
  • Gravity+
  • Guac’ a Mole
  • Hot Rod Racer
  • JACKPOT 777
  • Job the Leprechaun
  • Laser Blaster
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong Tipping Stars
  • Midnight 2
  • Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge
  • Mortar Melon
  • Napster
  • Olympia Rising
  • PANDA LOVE
  • PENTAPUZZLE
  • Pic-a-Pix Colour
  • PictoParty
  • PIXEL SLIME U
  • Plenty of Fishies
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Rorrim
  • Scribble
  • SD2 Go Duck Yourself
  • SDK Paint
  • SDK Spriter
  • Shadow Archer
  • Shadow Archery
  • SHOOTY SPACE
  • Space Hunted
  • Spellcaster’s Assistant
  • SPLASHY DUCK
  • Star Sky
  • Star Sky 2
  • Sudoku Party
  • SUPER ROBO MOUSE
  • Super Ultra Star Shooter
  • TABLETOP GALLERY
  • TAP TAP ARCADE
  • TAP TAP ARCADE 2
  • Test Your Mind
  • Tested with robots
  • The Stonecutter
  • TITANS TOWER
  • Toon Tanks
  • TOUCH SELECTIONS
  • Twisted Fusion
  • Word Logic
  • Word Party
  • Word Puzzles by POWGI
  • Word Search by POWGI
  • XType Plus
  • Y.A.S.G
  • ZaciSa Defense of the Crayon Dimension!

References

  1. https://developer.nintendo.com/tools 

  2. http://www.html5gamedevs.com/topic/252-nintendo-supports-html5-with-web-framework-for-wii-u/