This is the last issue before the big makeover (issue 200) that GI is about to go under but the font already looks pretty different. What’s really awesome here is obviously the amazing art for Epic Mickey.
In case you missed it Epic Mickey sort of came out of the blue just a few months ago and is supposed to be a darker, more adult game for the Wii created by Warren Spector.
In case you’re not familiar with Warren Spector, he worked on the Ultima and Wing Commander series, as well as Cult favorites Thief and Deus Ex. So as you can see this is a pretty exciting prospect and the cover just makes it even more epic…(Mickey).
In what seems to become commonplace these days a new game has been discovered looking into the ESRB‘s ratings. Information has been found regarding Castlevania the Adventure ReBirth for the Wii.
Considering Konami has been pretty prolific in this series with Gradius ReBirth and recently Contra ReBirth on WiiWare this sounds legit and really good news! I have great memories of playing the original many years ago in full black & white glory and you can never get too much 2D Castlevania.
Here is the ESRB info for those interested:
Content descriptors: Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence
Rating summary: This is a side-scrolling action game in which players battle against monsters in Dracula’s castle. Players use a chained whip to fight their way through halls and dungeons filled with zombies, skeletons, flying eyeballs, and bats. The enemy creatures frequently shoot projectiles and attack players in hand-to-hand combat. If players sustain too much damage, they keel over and emit a burst of red blood. Some rooms in the castle also have spikes or spears stained with red, blood-like splotches.
To celebrate to 40th anniversary of the first man on the Moon, and isn’t it time we reached for Mars and beyond?, UbiSoft has given us a nice Rabbid Go Home trailer.
As with most trailers for these crazy aliens it’s funny, outlandish and cute all at the same time.And since in this game the Rabbids are trying to get back to their home..on the Moon… see the connection?
Buzz Aldrin would be proud!
I don’t know what it is. Is it my skewed view? Is it that we have loved Big N for so long that we expect nothing short of perfect from him? Is it that we are being too harsh? or Is it that the Nintendo Press Conference was really disappointing?
Whatever the case may be the conference left me with mixed feelings. I was mostly boring and there were some announcements that can only be seen as a joke (I’ll get to that). But there were also some good and a few great announcements no matter how jaded we may have become.
Mantra: Everyone’s Game
NB: Keep in my mind that I will add/update links as HD videos pop up on the web.
A bulk of the conference was spent crunching numbers and explaining why Wii is #1 and such. It was boring to a fault. MicroSoft got it right with there “Showing Not Telling” philosophy.
Nintendo talked a lot about there Wii Motion Plus with some more gameplay from Wii Sports Resort (Archery and Basketball) and while we are all excited about this addon (aside from the attached rubber case) the way Reggie Fils-Aime talked about it made me cringe. He said “you cannot SEE the difference” and quickly queued in a trailer which seemed ironic to me… He said “every mistake you would make in the real world will reflect in the game” but then how is this a game… and is Motion Plus really that precise??
I know and understand I am really nitpicking here but that’s what I’ve come to these past 2 years with Nintendo.
And for all my criticism I’m convinced that Wii Sports Resorts will be very fun to play! It is just there delivery that annoyed me. Cammie Dunaway I guess felt annoyed that everyone last year made fun of her lame jokes and so this year she was all business. And she looked it too. Not a smile and every sentenced delivered as if we were rebellious teenager who need to hear the truth but so sick of telling it that you’d rather walk away.
Again I may be over-analyzing but I really felt this way.
Anyway enough of this. There wasn’t any really big new hardware or partnership announcement (aside from the fact that pictures taken with your DSi can now be uploaded to Facebook) so let’s get on with the games.
- New Super Mario Bros.Wii. Fairly exciting looks very similar to the DS game playable with 4 players. Coming Holiday 2009. Here’s the trailer.
- Wii Fit Plus. It’s Wii Fit with new activities….YAWN! Cammie actually said “It’s Brain Age for your backside” and “it’s the game that will help the Wii stay at the top of mind“. Sad. It’s coming Fall 2009.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. A new game in the RPG series looks really cool with a trailer to boot. The game will come out on DS in Fall 2009.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2. Should be the biggest announcement of the day but it looks exactly like the original except you can play with Yoshi. Still it’s Mario and a nice trailer to go with it.
- Golden Sun. A new Golden Sun for the DS!!! This is all that’s know for now. Check out the nice trailer.
- Metroid: Other M. A new Metroid for the Wii!!!! Looks like a 3D platformer. Great trailer.
- Dead Space: Extraction. Nice trailer with great ambiance except for the sound glitch. Looks promising.
- Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. Likewise looks promising. Nice trailer with some gameplay.
- The Conduit. The graphics look nice in the trailer but that’s about it. Nothing new.
- Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers. Not much is revealed in the trailer but it looks like there is some aiming/targeting involved.
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Showed a nice trailer and will be released on September 29.
- Wii Vitality Sensor. The daily joke. Iwata unveiled this new ‘game’ in the Brain Age, Wii Fit series. It looks ridiculous, it attaches to your finger and………reads your pulse. That’s it. Pathetic.
- Style Savvy. An import of Girl’s Mode in Japan. It’s a dress up game for teen girls. At least the music in the trailer is cool.
- Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion. Based on the James Patterson novels the trailer shows the game which seems to be a mix between interactive novel and adventure game. It could turn out pretty fun.
- C.O.P.: The Recruit. Oh well, the trailer started out really nicely but then the game looks very average so wait and see.
- Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again. It will be available only through download on DSi Ware next week. Here’s the trailer.
I love the Trauma Center series. Even though I’ve only played Second Opinion on the Wii I fell in love instantly. The nice graphics and style, the very Japanese feel that oozes from the game and the amazing soundtrack from Shoji Meguro all made me a big fan.
Second Opinion was a port of the first Trauma Center on the DS and since then Trauma Center 2 came out on the portable. I have been hoping for a port on the Wii and at first I thought that this was it. But it is actually it’s own original title.
Trauma Team (Hospital in Japan) will be the first in the series to let you take the role of several key staff int he hospital. You will be able to play as a general surgeon, diagnostician, emergency medical technician, orthopedic surgeon, endoscope technician, and medical examiner.
Atlus announced the game for Spring 2010 exclusively on the Wii so far. More is expected at E3.
Sometimes you just see a news that you didn’t expect and it makes you happy. Today is such a day.
Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (Fragile: Sayonara Tsuki no Haiko) is an RPG for the Wii developed by tri-Crescendo and Namco. In the game you walk through the ruins of the world with your trusty flashlight looking for survivors as well as answers as to what happened.
Being such a particular game I wasn’t sure it was going to get picked up. On top of that Namco Bandai stated that they would not bring the game to the U.S. so my hopes were low. But now IGN reports that Xseed Games will localize Fragile and we can expect it this Winter.
For more than 10 years now we’ve been waiting for someone to bring us a Sakura Taisen (know in the West as Sakura Wars) game. A decade later most of us were pretty much resigned to at best import the Japanese versions and use thousand of pages of script translation.
Well fear not my friends for the day has come, at last. NIS America (my rapidly becoming #1 developer) has decided to bring Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love (Sakura Taisen V ~ Sarabada, Itoshiki Hito yo) to us unworthy Westerners on the Wii and PS2 this fall.
What makes this even cooler is that as usual with NIS we can expect dual voice-overs. Something which every developer should be doing by default!
Sakura Wars V was….. *drum roll*, the fifth in the series so it’ll be interesting to see if NIS America plans to brings us the other instalments of the series. Please pretty please?
Thanks to the IGN peeps who have compiled a list of game to be shown at this year’s E3. The show will be back in full blast at L.A. Convention Center on June 2-4.
- The Bigs 2 (X360)
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
Disney Interactive Studios
- Hannah Montana: Rock Out the Show (PSP)
- Spectrobes: Origins (Wii)
- Split/Second (PS3, X360)
- Toy Story Mania (Wii)
- Wizards of Waverly Place (DS)
- Army of Two: The 40th Day (PS3, PSP, X360)
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC, PS3, X360)
- Brütal Legend (PS3, X360)
- Grand Slam Tennis (Wii)
- Madden NFL 10 (PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
- Mass Effect 2 (PC, X360)
- NCAA Football 10 (PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
- Need for Speed Nitro (Wii)
- Need for Speed Shift (PC, PS3, X360)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)
- Nostalgia (DS)
- The King of Fighters XII (PS3, X360)
- Monster Racers (DS)
- Warriors Orochi 2 (PSP)
- Kojima Productions Project [untitled] (tba)
- Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny (PSP)
Perfect World Entertainment
- Ether Saga Online (PC)
- Perfect World (PC)
- Alpha Protocol (PC, PS3, X360)
- Bayonetta (PS3, X360)
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (DS, Wii)
- Planet 51 (DS, PS3, Wii, X360)
- The Conduit (Wii)
- Vancouver 2010: The Official Videogame of the Winter Olympic Games (PC, PS3, X360)
Sony Computer Entertainment
- Fat Princess (PS3)
- God of War III (PS3)
- Heavy Rain (PS3)
- Infamous (PS3)
- Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PS2, PSP)
- MAG (PS3)
- MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PS2, PSP)
- Pain! Sore Spots (PS3)
- PixelJunk 1-4 (PS3)
- PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe (PSP)
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)
- SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)
- Singstar: Queen (PS2, PS3)
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
- White Knight Chronicles (PS3)
- DC Universe Online (PC>, PS3)
- Free Realms (PC)
- Kung Fu Hustle (PC)
- Legends of Norrath (PC)
- PoxNora (PC)
- The Agency (PC>, PS3)
- Darksiders: Wrath of War (PS3, X360)
- Red Faction: Guerrilla (PC, PS3, X360)
- UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3. X360)
Now this is exciting! Ever since I saw footage of this game I’ve been hoping it wouldn’t become one of those great Japanese games that never reaches our shore.
Well thankfully Ignition Entertainment picked up publishing rights for the gorgeous Vanillaware (Odin Sphere) title and will be releasing it on the Wii in September 2009.
The game will feature 16:9 display, Wiimote/Nunchuck control as well as Classic Controller and Gamecube Pad support.
Ignition is becoming a publisher to watch having already also picked up the rights for the upcoming King of Fighters XII which should be a great game.
Ore no kachi da!
Nintendo announced today that their precision add-on to the Wiimote will be released on June 8, more than a month ahead of Wii Sports Resort which is due July 26.
The peripheral will not be useless for more than a month though since EA’s Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 are coming out a week later on June 15 and 16.
The Wii Motion Plus will be available for $19.99 on its own but also as part of the Wii Sports Resort bundle which will be priced at $49.99.
Hopefully we won’t get another embarrassing presentation by Regis & Co. at E3…