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News Archive - A weekly round-up of Wii UK news

Week of July 1, 2007

First Wii Software title announced -- Posted by James on Saturday, July 7 2007
EXCLUSIVE 14:22pm We received a press release this morning - rather odd, as it's a Saturday, but the content was very interesting: it contained details of purpotedly 'one of the first' games to be released on Nintendo's newly-announced Wii Software service - as no developer has 'officially' confirmed a Wii Software title thus far, it's safe to say that this is the first.

The game is known as 'PLATTCHEN - twist 'n' paint', and is being developed by Viennese company Bplus - here's the release.

Here's a logo:

The release describes Twist 'n' Paint as a 'innovative puzzle shooter game,' which has been designed specifically for Wii and it's control system. It also boasts that it will attract hardcore gamers and gaming novies alike.

Interesting stuff.

I'm going to let you guys decide on this one - there's a lack of detail here that causes the cynical side of me to think 'Hmmm.' According to Bplus, however, they are an official Nintendo developer - they also have a number of DS projects on the go.

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Wii UK Chat -- Posted by James on Friday, July 6 2007
Assuming that you're not gallivanting off into the darkness to 'trip with your fly bitches' or whatever else you might be doing on a Friday night, why not come and join us in the little-known ( or much-ignored ) Wii UK Chat?


Just click that link and come and join us. You don't need to register, but if you do you get a silly little icon next to your name.

Wii UK Chat

If Kitchener can't persuade you, then we don't want you anyway.

Jenga coming to Wii -- Posted by James on Friday, July 6 2007
Atari announced today that Jenga is coming to Wii.

That's right, the 'family' game that once made you give your sibling a concussion with a small wooden block out of sheer maddening rage is coming to both the Wii and DS.

It's really, really frustrating, but ( in real life, at least ) it's also rather good fun. Just how well Jenga will make the transition to gaming remains to be seen, but there will be a raft of features to make the transition as easy and silly as possible.

"Fans of the Jenga family of games will fall in love with this exciting brand all over again," said Jeremiah Cohn, senior product manager, Atari, Inc. "We are thrilled to deliver this timeless and renowned game with new variations and surprises for the Nintendo DS and Wii."

According to Atari, the game will boast 'sophisticated physics,' power-ups, and 'twists' to keep the gameplay exciting.

It'll need to be - there's only so much moving wooden blocks around any human being can take.

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Wii UK Roundtable 4 -- Posted by James on Friday, July 6 2007
The latest edition of the Wii UK Roundtable is now online for your perusal.

Unfortunately, it's rather brief, as various staff members are either away, busy, or... mysteriously incommunicado, so you'll have to make do with myself and Jonathan Westlake.

Could be worse - you could be stuck with Phil.

This week's question:

Will the announcement of Wii Software result in yet more mini-games for Wii, or are developers likely to pounce on the opportunity to create some truly innovative motion-based titles?

Click here to find out our thoughts - Wii UK Roundtable 4.

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New Spyro Wii screenshots -- Posted by James on Friday, July 6 2007
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night is set to be released on Wii, DS, PS2, and GBA in the Autumn - anybody notice something about that?

Yet again we're getting what will inevitably be a PS2 port. Oh goody.

On the plus side, however, the game features Gary Oldman. Gary Oldman rocks.

Here's one of the screens - follow the link below to check out some more:

Spyro Wii Screen

Click here to head to the Wii UK Spyro Media Page.

Yep, we've nicked the screenshots from CVG - as soon as Vivendi send us some unmarked screens we'll have them up in a jiffy.

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New Resident Evil Wii trailer -- Posted by James on Friday, July 6 2007
A new trailer for the upcoming Wii title Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles has been uploaded to Capcom's official website.

I'm pleased to say it's looking rather excellent - the fairly lengthy trailer shows off some nice-looking graphics, hordes of enemies ( including giant snakes and spiders ), and shows 2 crosshairs dancing around on-screen: the first time we've seen the co-operative mode in motion.

Click here to head to the official Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles website.

Click on 'New' then 'PV_3' to watch the video. You'll need Flash.

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Four new Virtual Console titles -- Posted by Jonathan on Friday, July 6 2007
This week's releases comprise:

Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Megadrive - 800 points

A classic platform game. Well worth getting.

Golden Axe 2: Megadrive - 800 points

Sadly just a rehash of the original. It probably hasn't aged very well either.

Ecco: The Tides of Time: Megadrive - 800 points

Everyone's favourite dolphin-em-up. Quite a good puzzle orientated adventure game and with an enhanced difficulty curve (the first Ecco was hard as nails towards the end).

Dragon Spirit: Turbographx-16 - 600 points

Another vertical scrolling shmup. Just how many did this system have? Anyway, it's meant to be good, just not as good as Soldier Blade.

Image credits: The VC Archive

If you've played any of these games before and would like to share your thoughts, please click here.

Wii UK Store updated -- Posted by James on Thursday, July 5 2007
The Wii UK Store has been updated with some more deals that we've hunted down - check them out if you're after a new game.

Here's a pick of the new additions:

Far Cry Vengeance: 13.00

Tony Hawks Downhill Jam: 16.99

Need for Speed Carbon: 24.99

There's plenty more games in our store, and we'll be adding more constantly - buying through our links helps to support Wii UK, so if you do it's very much appreciated.

Click here to hit up the Wii UK Store.

Stay tuned for updates.

Pirates available on Nintendo Europe -- Posted by James on Thursday, July 5 2007
The Nintendo Europe official website currently has copies of Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End available on Wii and DS.

The Wii version is 6000 star points, and there's only a couple left, whilst the DS version is 5000 star points, and there's about 20 left currently ( 18:13pm ).

Be quick if you want to snap them up:


Thanks to xafier on the forums for the tip-off.

As a side-note, I haven't played the DS version, but a Wii version review will be online very soon - needless to say the resounding verdict is 'average.'

Scarface Wii Edition hands-on -- Posted by James on Thursday, July 5 2007
We've spent some time playing Scarface: The World Is Yours, the Wii version of the game adaption of the film. Quite a lineage there, but in essence it's an angry bloke firing lots, and lots of guns at people.

If you're into that kind of thing, and no doubt some of you are, then Scarface: The World Is Yours is released on Wii tomorrow. We'll be bringing you a full review very soon indeed, but for now:

Click here to read the Wii UK Hands-On Preview of Scarface: The World Is Yours.

We've got a whole load of reviews coming up, so keep your eyes peeled - don't forget we already have loads if you're got some spare cash and fancy a new game.

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Resident Evil Wii to have co-op -- Posted by James on Thursday, July 5 2007
Some scans from Japanese magazine Famitsu of the upcoming Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles game on Wii suggest that the game may well feature a co-operative 2 player mode.

Before you get too excited, however, it's not official confirmation - some of the screenshots simply feature two crosshairs on-screen at the same time. It therefore seems likely that 2 player will make an appearance.

It's certainly shaping up to be rather good indeed - follow the above link to take a peek at the tasty graphics. The game also promises destructible environments, a shedload of playable characters, and that usual lovely feeling you get with Resident Evil games when you've just stomped on a zombie's head.


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Forever Blue Wii Screenshots -- Posted by James on Wednesday, July 4 2007
Forever Blue is a Wii title that, after seeing these new screenshots, I'm rather excited about.

You play the game as a SCUBA diver, exploring the oceans, interacting with wildlife, searching ruins, and generally having what looks like an excellent time, complete with some very nice looking graphics.

Forever Blue Screenshot

Looks good, eh?

Click here to visit Wii UK's Forever Blue Media Page.

According to reports, Forever Blue is due to hit Wii in Japan on August 2nd - let's hope it arrives here soon, if at all.

As soon as we get any more concrete information on the game you'll see it here, but for now enjoy the screenshots.

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EA unveil "Family Play" mode -- Posted by Jonathan on Wednesday, July 4 2007
EA have announced a new feature for all their forthcoming sports titles on the Wii under the moniker "Family Play". The premise is that when you play the game you have a choice of two control methods; "Advanced" where you have full control of play and require both a Wiimote and a nunchuk and "Family Play" where you have a significantly simplified control scheme (the AI helps you out) and only use the Wiimote.

Apparently you can change control styles at any point by either unplugging or disconnecting the nunchuk.

This certainly is inclusive game making. While obviously you'll have the mickey taken if you're a gamer and need to use the Family controls, but at least it'll give your dad or little sister a chance.

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No playable Smash Bros at E3 -- Posted by James on Tuesday, July 3 2007
Nintendo have announced that they will not be showcasing a playable version of Smash Bros Brawl at this year's E3 expo.

Instead, they are opting to focus on a set of key titles, all of which are reportedly unseen so far.

The lack of playable Smash Bros is a bit of an annoyance, to put it mildly - it's definitely one of the most hotly-anticipated games for the system, and I can't help but think they're insane not to show it off.

The cynical part of me also suspects that these 'key titles' are going to be some kind of crazy mini-game fests - I'd rather have Smash Brothers.

However, you can never really predict what Nintendo are going to do next, so we'll just have to wait a little while until E3 arrives to find out exactly what they're planning to show.

As long as Smash Brothers isn't delayed too far into next year, it's all good.

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Metroid Prime 3 - definitely no multiplayer -- Posted by James on Tuesday, July 3 2007
The President of Retro Studios, developer of the Metroid Prime series, has confirmed in an interview that Metroid Prime 3, the hotly anticipated Wii title, will not feature a multiplayer mode.

"No. It's something we talked about early on, but we only have so many resources. We opted to devote those resources to making a better single-player experience."

At least there's finally a definite answer.

Hopefully Retro's idea of 'making a better single-player experience' is eliminating most of the irritating back-tracking that previous games have forced you to do.

Despite the lack of multiplayer, I'm still rather excited about this game.

No doubt Halo 3 fans will be rubbing their hands with glee after recent reports that Metroid Prime 3 is 'the biggest revolution in FPS gaming since Halo.'

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Stay tuned for more Prime news.

New Capcom 2D fighter on the way -- Posted by James on Monday, July 2 2007
Something interesting at last in what has so far been a rather slow and tiresome day - Capcom are set to unveil an original 2D fighter at some point today, possibly for Wii.

This teaser on Capcom's official website doesn't reveal a great deal, as it's in Japanese, but it's been reported that the game is set to be unveiled properly very soon indeed.

No mention has been made of specific platforms, but come on - surely Wii is perfect for a 2D fighter: as long as they don't balls it up with motion controls, of course.

Not much but hot air and that trailer at the moment I'm afraid, but stay tuned for more news.

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More news as we get it.

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