Tagged: Wii

Excite Truck Announced

Yes, Excite Truck is indeed the follow up to Excite Bike on the N64 (and previous iterations).

Format: Wii™
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Game Type: Racing
Accessories: Wii Remote
Players: TBA
Developer: Monster Games

In the grand racing tradition of Excitebike®, get ready for a big-air experience like no other as players rocket their trucks across dynamically changing terrain.

  • Remember tilting your arms while playing Excitebike to try to make your character land a huge jump? Well, that experience is finally a reality with Excite Truck, a wild, off-road race only possible on Nintendo’s Wii console.
  • Players hold the Wii Remote like an NES® controller to control the truck. The 2 button is the accelerator, the 1 button is the brake, the + Control Pad is the turbo … but that’s just the beginning. Tilt the Wii Remote right and left like a steering wheel to steer. Once the truck goes airborne, tilt the Wii Remote every which way to line up perfect landings for turbo boosts.
  • Pick up items on the courses to make the terrain deform in real time, turning innocent bumps into massive launch pads that affect not only the player’s route, but that of his or her rivals. Players jump and bump their way to the highest score and highest finish.

Disaster Strikes Wii

Nintendo’s pre-E3 conference saw the unveiling of quite a few titles. Disaster is one of them:

Disaster: Day of Crisis

Format: Wii™
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Game Type: Action
Accessories: TBA
Players: TBA
Developer: Monolith

Survive nature’s most devastating catastrophes in Disaster: Day of Crisis, a panic inducing survival game for Wii. In a devastatingly short period of time, an unprecedented wave of natural disasters has pummeled the United States. On top of this inexplicable series of disasters, a rogue special forces unit has taken advantage of the chaos and seized a nuclear weapon. Only Ray, a former member of an elite rescue task force, has decided to take a stand.

  • Cutting-edge physics and gripping visuals re-create the sheer terror of major catastrophes.
  • Players race a car down a mountain to escape a roaring pyroclastic flow, dodge toppling buildings during a devastating earthquake and swim for their lives in a raging flood. No matter what happens, fight to survive.

New Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Titles Announced

In the company’s second announcement, Square Enix revealed new titles in the Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles series. Unveiled at the publisher’s E3 press event, Crystal Bearers will premier of the Wii, and Ring of Fates will make its debut on DS. Both titles are being developed keeping the unique features of the different hardware in mind.

A later date will see further information detailed.

Dragon Quest Wii Announced

Square Enix has sent out a trio of announcements, the first of which unveils Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors for the Wii.

The game is being developed by Yuji Horii, with character designs from Akira Toriyama and music from Koichi Sugiyama. Dragon Quest for the Wii is being built ground up for the Nintendo console, making use of every aspect of the unique hardware of Wii.

Further details are to be announced at a later date.

Revolution is Now "Wii"

Yes, that’s the new name of Nintendo’s Revolution console. Let them do the talking:

As in “we.”

While the code-name “Revolution” expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.

Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.

Wii will put people more in touch with their games … and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?

Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes this console is for everyone.

Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.

Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play.

And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd.

So that’s Wii. But now Nintendo needs you.

Because, it’s really not about you or me.

It’s about Wii.

And together, Wii will change everything.

The reaction has been largely negative. CNN’s Chris Morris spoke with Nintendo marketing VP on the name change; he also spoke with IGN, while the company’s PR Manager spoke with Game Informer. On Gamespot are reactions from various industry analysts.

Making fun of Wii is just too damn easy. I think I’ll pass.