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

Week of July 8, 2007

New Soul Calibur Wii trailer -- Posted by James on Wednesday, July 11 2007
A new trailer for Soul Calibur Legends, the upcoming Wii title, has surfaced overnight.

It's looking rather nice indeed, despite the typical trailer nonsense they throw in there - the graphics look polished, the animation looks fairly good, and it seems to have retained that Soul Calibur look.

Here's the trailer, courtesy of Gamespot:

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Trauma Center: New Blood Announced -- Posted by Jonathan on Tuesday, July 10 2007
As well as the usual features of a Trauma Centre game, apparently this incarnation is to feature a co-operative mode, online ranking leaderboards and widescreen support.

Here're some screenshots to whet your appetite:

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So maybe 2009 for the UK release?

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EA's Boogie Tracklist unveiled -- Posted by James on Tuesday, July 10 2007
EA announced the tracklist for their upcoming kareoke game 'Boogie' today, and unfortunately it doesn't have any huge surprises.

They did confirm that the game will be packaged with a microphone, however - you can pick up the package when the game is released on the 31st of August.

Here's the tracklist:

ABC - The Jackson 5
Baila Me - Gypsy Kings
Boogie Oogie Oogie- Taste Of Honey
Brick House - The Commodores
Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Dancing Machine - Jackson 5
Don't Cha - Pussycat Dolls / Busta Rhymes
Fergalicious - Fergi
Get Right - Jennifer Lopez
Get The Party Started - Pink
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Groove Is In The Heart - Dee-Lite
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
I'm A Slave 4 U - Britney Spears
It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
Le Freak - Chic
Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Love Shack - The B-52's
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...) - Lou Bega
Milkshake - Kelis
One More Time - Daft Punk
One Way Or Another - Blondie
Oops I Did It Again - Britney Spears
Pop Muzik - M
S.O.S. - Rihanna
Stars - Simply Red
That's The Way (I Like It) - KC And The Sunshine
Tu Y Yo - Thalia
U Can't Touch This - M.C. Hammer
Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Y.M.C.A. - The Village People

Quite why Katrina and The Waves made it on there and something amazing like, say, Phil Collins didn't is beyond me, but clearly there should be something for most people on there.

If you've ever fancied bring some Hammer Time to your own living room, then this August you can.

Just don't do it near me.

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Metal Gear Solid Wii - a possibility -- Posted by James on Tuesday, July 10 2007
Reports suggest that Metal Gear Solid publishers Konami are unhappy with the current rate of sales of Sony's PS3, leading to speculation that Metal Gear Solid could find it's way onto Wii.

A quote from Kazumi Kitaue, a man with possibly the best name I've heard all day and coincidentally the head of Konami's operations in America and Europe, reinforced these rumours somewhat:

"I wonder if Sony can win back user support by the price cut of just $100. I don't expect a substantial impact ... With $500, you can buy a personal computer.

Since Metal Gear Solid was born for the PlayStation, we would like to keep it a PlayStation game. But we might have to take some steps.

Them's fighting words, as they say.

It's not confirmation, but it's certainly shows that Konami would be willing to take steps to preserve their profits by possibly porting the series to other consoles - with Wii still selling well, they'd be foolish not to consider it.

If anyone can make the most of the Wii remote it'll be the MGS team.

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Mario and Sonic at the Olympics screens -- Posted by Jonathan on Tuesday, July 10 2007
No surprises with the art style. It looks like old school button mashing/wiimote shaking gameplay values will be in full effect judging by the first shot.

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"Sequels are Dull and Threaten Industry" - EA -- Posted by Jonathan on Monday, July 9 2007
OK, so this not strictly Wii news, but the rank hypocrisy of John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts amazed me so much I thought I'd post it anyway.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Riccitiello said:
[John Riccitiello]
"For the most part, the industry has been rinse-and-repeat. There's been lots of product that looked like last year's product, that looked a lot like the year before"

Really? I'd never noticed that with EA products.

He went on to say "We're boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play" and that "there aren't enough titles that break new ground".

In fairness to him, he did include EA as a culprit and stated that EA and the rest of the industry need to push more aggressively beyond traditional audiences to court "casual" consumers and to experiment more with new sales approaches.

So will this mean we'll see lots of new IP from EA? Maybe. They certainly are not planning on ditching their sequel prone brands, as the CEO later stated that sequels were still a sound strategy, but only as long as they are more innovative than in the past. I can almost hear the whip cracking in the EA studios.

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Wii UK TV - Episode 4 -- Posted by James on Monday, July 9 2007
It's been a while, but Wii UK TV - Episode 4 is now online and ready for you to watch.

It's a fairly short episode this time around, but it contains some rather lovely footage of a recent Mario Strikers Charged tournament we had in a big hall on a big screen.

The winner walked away with some prizes, and we even had Pringles and a popcorn machine going, so it's definitely worth checking out.

Click here to watch Wii UK TV - Episode 4.

We'll be back to our usual length of around 15 minutes for the next episode, tentatively titled 'Driving Special.' Larking about in cars, quite possibly.

Don't forget, if you haven't watched them already, you can check out the first three episodes of Wii UK TV - head over to our TV page.

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Stay tuned for more news, and by gum it's far too early in the morning.

Europe to see Mario Kart Wii in 07? -- Posted by James on Sunday, July 8 2007
A rumour has cropped up that's just that little bit too tasty for us to ignore - it suggests that Mario Kart on Wii will be released in Europe in 2007, as a 'replacement' for Smash Bros Brawl.

A 'trusted source' has allegedly stated that whilst North America will receive Smash Bros Brawl later on this year, it will not be released in Europe until next year - as some kind of compensation, Europe will reportedly receive Mario Kart on Wii in 2007, whilst the Yanks will have to wait until 2008.

This is totally unsubstantiated, but it's late on a Sunday night and you just never know.

Something to get people talking, anyhow.

Personally, I'd rather have Smash Bros Brawl than a new Mario Kart game - it'll be interesting to see if any light is shed on this rumour when E3 comes around.

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Lego Star Wars Wii - 'not realistic' -- Posted by James on Sunday, July 8 2007
The control system for the Wii version of Lego Star Wars has been unveiled - it will use motion controls.

However, much to the surprise of some people, it won't utilise one-to-one Wii remote / lightsaber interaction.

Instead, the Wii motion controls have been pasted over the existing game controls - for example, building lego blocks can be sped up by waggling the remote and nunchuck up and down, and similarly force powers can be 'enhanced' by moving the remote around.

Anyone expecting Lego Star Wars to be in any way 'realistic' in terms of replicating lightsaber control should have their head checked, but even so this is rather disappointing. It seems to be yet another case of a developer shoving motion control on top of a game that really doesn't require it.

Having said that, Lego Star Wars is generally fairly fun, so I'll hold my breath until I get my hands on it. It might work.

As a side-note, thanks to everyone who has promoted our Wii Software story. Despite the grumblings of other webmasters, it was exclusive - for about 20 minutes.

Perhaps they'll be quicker off the draw next time.

A lovely exciting weekend for a change.

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