Chess can be a pretty complicated game, and apparently that rings true for designing a game built on chess, too, as Pure Chess is now finally ready to make its grand appearance on both the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.
Ah, the game of kings. Two minds locked in an eternal struggle, weighing options, attempting to divine their opponent’s actions and determine which of their own pieces are worth forfeiting for the greater good. Chess is all about risk, reward and knowing the ins and outs of deceptively simplistic gameplay. Your options are limited, your pieces only have a small number of moves, and yet supercomputers have been built specifically to master the intricate details of this elegant battle game.
But just because previous generations of chess players had to sit across a small table from one another and move tiny pieces around a grid-based board doesn’t mean that gamers need to be shackled to those same limitations and, with Pure Chess, gamers playing on Nintendo platforms are finally about to get their hands on one of the most-praised virtual iterations of one of the most widely played games of all time.
“Nintendo fans have been crying out to get a release date for Pure Chess after it was announced last year, with both the developer Voofoo and publisher Ripstone receiving phone calls, emails and requests on social media,” reads a statement from the publisher. “Today, the teams are delighted to announce the release date of the stunningly beautiful game on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, which is March 20.”
That’s next week, folks! You’ve gotta love when a game goes silent for months on end and then, bam, sudden release date that’s right around the corner. Makes that whole waiting process a lot easier to bear.
To make sure that Pure Chess captures the “beauty and depth” of the actual game, this digital iteration was developed with the assistance of an as-yet-unnamed Grandmaster. With their help, Pure Chess was built with an in-depth tutorial to introduce newcomers to the game, as well as progressively difficult AI opponents to help the player ease into the game and improve over time.
“Cross-platform play was a feature we all wanted to see in the game, but we underestimated the effort and technicalities involved in getting it right,” said Ripstone Creative Director Phil Gaskell, explaining why development took longer than expected. “We think the delay has been worth it, and can’t wait for players on all different devices to begin issuing challenges.”
That means you’ll be able to play the game’s multiplayer features across multiple platforms, including the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android. That’s pretty impressive, no?
Look for Pure Chess to appear on the Wii U and 3DS March 20 for $7.99.