We called it: Mega Man and Castlevania to hit Wii

authorMike Suszek | June 30, 2008

I’m never usually one to brag.  But let’s say we made some guesses at the beginning of the month, and maybe even talked about some games that should see the light of day for the Wii back in April.  Could we do a bit of gloating if some of these ideas came to life?

But aside from serving my own ego, there’s a more important agenda here.  Two series that classic Nintendo fans have been dying to see on the Wii have been announced this week.

First comes that “perfect 3D” Castlevania title will be what Ehrgeiz was to the Final Fantasy series.  Castlevania Judgement brings characters spanning the entire series to the battlegrounds in a 3D fighter.  Not at all what gamers have been expecting, but as 1Up reports, players can make use of the environment in their battles, and the game will keep to the use of subweapons and hearts.

The game will bring favorites together like Alucard, Simon Belmont, Maria Renard, and Dracula.  Perhaps Leon, Richter, and Trevor Belmont, as well as Soma Cruz and Joachim will join them.  Considering their options, they basically have to. As the news was revealed in this month’s Nintendo Power (likely the news we were waiting for from the previous issue), classic monsters from the series will interrupt the motion-controlled battles and try to trip up players.

Could we be lucky enough to have a single-player campaign mode similar to games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon?  We have few details on the game so far, but a guy can dream, right?

Next, Capcom announced through Nintendo Power as well that Mega Man 9, the first game from the original series in over ten years, will be hitting Wii Ware (and some other unimportant downloadable game services on unimportant consoles).

The best part? According to IGN, it will be keeping true to classic Mega Man tradition in a few ways.  Bosses are a bit more throw-back, with names like:

  • Magma Man
  • Galaxy Man
  • Jewel Man
  • Concrete Man
  • Hornet Man
  • Plug Man
  • Tornado Man
  • Splash Woman

Additionally, the game will be in its 8-bit glory, literally.  As seen in the screens, the game maintains the old-school Nintendo look that made the series great.  Mega Man 9 will be developed by Inti Creates, a team comprised of people that worked on the first three Mega Man X games, which is a very good sign.  I love the original series, but nothing hits the spot like X2, in my opinion.  Plus, it controls like Mega Man (Men?) 3-6, as speculated by The Mega Man Network.

So that’s two series down.  We will surely have more wonderful disc-based and downloadable game announcements for Wii that will grace us come E3.  Be sure to stick around for all the important info you need about these games, and I promise I won’t gloat.

Update- Project Origin is not coming to the Wii

authorLukatoll | June 28, 2008

Edit - Here’s a quick update for you guys… It looks like the rumor that Fear 2 was coming to the Wii was only a careless mistake by some editor at the Official E3 site. The title is only going to be appearing on the PC/PS3/360.

Also, according to Nintendo Fan Alliance there are more mistakes in the site, such as Animal Crossing and Kid Icarus being on the 360/PS3/PC. It looks like we’re not going to be able to play Fear on the Wii after all. :(

Hey, it was a good shot, right?  At least we get Kid Icarus and Animal Crossing all to ourselves.  Which is reason enough to rejoice.

Editor’s note: If you need your darker-themed Wii fix, it’ll come.  Patience, friends.

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Ah, the face of fear. The sequel to the terrifying title known as Fear was unofficially announced today to be coming to the Wii on the official E3 site. According to the site the game, now called Project Origin, will be coming to the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. Whether this was just a careless mistake or the site editor did not know that the news wasn’t supposed to be out yet, it’s looking like Wii owners will be able to experience a true bone-chilling game like the rest of the gaming world. With the Wii’s outstanding success and the good sales numbers for mature horror titles such as Resident Evil 4, what kind of publisher wouldn’t want to bring it to Wii?

According to the E3 site, the name of the game is changed but the back story and the location it is set in has remained the same. Taking place right after the first game, paranormal events have spread and now are becoming a major threat to engulfing a major American city. The site says you can, “expect questions to be answered, bullets to be fired and time to be slowed when Project Origin [hits] this fall.”

The original Fear is said to be truly terrifying. In fact, a friend of mine played the first couple of levels and then put it away, never to play it again. Then again, he may have a low threshold for awesome.

If you’re a fan of the series and you own a Wii, be sure to keep your eyes on this game because it looks like it may be coming to the Wii. Discuss this game in our forums and keep checking back for more info.

Time For Another Round Of Hiring!

authorBucky | June 27, 2008

Once again, My Wii News is looking for new bloggers. If you can handle searching for the latest news about the Nintendo Wii system and putting it into your own words, then your just the kind of person we’re looking for. More specifically, someone who can commit to writing between 2-4 posts per week. Not a whole lot of work, and a great opportunity for you to get some extra writing skills under your hat.

Requirements:

  • A real enthusiasm for and knowledge of the Nintendo Wii.
  • Solid, speedy writing skills and the ability to self-edit.
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  • Basic photo-editing skills and software.
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  • A willingness to commit time and effort My Wii News. It is entirely possible to take this on in addition to a full-time job or schoolwork, (most everyone else does) but it is definitely a commitment of time and effort.
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  • Prepare a sample post about the Wii. You must include the source for your news/rumors/material.
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Review: Mario Kart Wii

authorMike Suszek | June 22, 2008

The Mario Kart series has always been a success story for Nintendo. Each game holds fond memories for party gamers. There have been many times when defining my weekend to someone meant simply saying, “Mario Kart 64 with friends.”

After Double Dash became one of the best games for the Gamecube, many wondered what Nintendo could possibly do next for the series. Mario Kart DS managed to bring the retro side back to kart racing, but the Wii version needed to top a this fan-favorite in every gameplay aspect.

I am very happy to say that this game is the best yet. The first time I inserted the disc and slid the remote into the Wii Wheel (more about that later,) I knew there was something special.

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Worst Wii Games - Updated!

authorCanucklehead | June 20, 2008

Guess who’s back! That’s right - its your old friend Canucklehead with an updated collection. I did this one originally a few months ago and we are already due for an update. Behold the absolute worst garbage currently available for the Wii (thus far). Luckily, there is no shortage of crap that and the last list was outdated by the time I even posted it. I’ve left a few of the real stinkers on and added some of the glaring omissions that people suggested - as well as a few more I found on my own. So, without any further ado, on with the new and improved list of craptacularity!

Ninjabread Man: This one now takes the top spot for the simple reason that it was the one most cited as being omitted last time. So, in the name of research I actually went and rented it - someone owes me $5.00! I normally relish in things that are so bad that they’re good - you know, a hip to be square kind of bad. This game pathetically could not even give me that - had I sensed that the developers tried and failed I might have derived a little enjoyment from it - but this was clearly a hollow exercise from day one. No dialogue, no challenge, no fun - c’mon, couldn’t you have ’spiced’ him up a bit?! Ninjabread Man is indeed bad, but not in any way that might make you want to play it. It’s just bad.

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