Wii Welcomes Phoenix Wright

Phoenix Wright

Phoenix Wright will finally hits Nintendo Wii but without the Western confirmation yet...

It has been revealed by Famitsu magazine that the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games are to see a release on the Wii's WiiWare service, with the first installment in the Ace Attorney series being available in Japan from December 15th for 900 points, with the subsequent games to be released separately at various times afterward.

There is no word on a Western release, though it seems highly likely that one will happen. As for an original Wii game in the Phoenix Wright series, nothing has been announced as of yet.

source: 411Mania.com

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles Ships For The Wii

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is now shipping to all North American retailers for Wii. The latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a follow up to the successful Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles that took the series’ infamous characters and storylines and turned the gameplay on its side with new on-rails arcade shooter gameplay. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles takes this gameplay to a whole new level in terror as the camera now mimics the first person view creating a more dramatic and immersive horror experience.

The addition of a full 2-player co-op experience only adds to the game’s level of depth, as players can now shoot zombies with their friends throughout the game. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $49.99 at all major retailers across North America.

For a taste of the action, players can also check out Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles official interactive trailer at http://www.gametrailers.com/video/experience-the-darkside/57808. For the first time in a video game trailer, the audience will be able to engage in the action they see on screen by being able to shoot the zombies with a click of their mouse. Before players purchase the game, they can try it out at Gametrailers.com.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles sends a full cast of characters into a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred and the potential to go to the dark side lies within everyone. Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Jack Krauser, Steve Burnside, and Chris Redfield all play their part in an engrossing storyline that will fill in the missing pieces from Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. This new chapter in the Resident Evil series retraces the terrifying ordeals of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica, but this time from an all-new perspective. A vibrant new South America part of the story pairs Jack Krauser with Leon S. Kennedy as they hunt down Javier Hidalgo, a drug lord connected to the Umbrella Corporation.

The game’s on-rail, arcade shooter gameplay first featured in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, has been radically upgraded in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. To create a more terrifying and cinematic experience, the camera mimics the first person point of view and at times, zombies surround players so they must rely on each other to advance. Combined with an eerie soundtrack and a new graphics engine utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles delivers the most fun and accessible horror game on Wii yet.

source: GameInfoWire.com

Wii Games for 2009 I

Cave Story for WiiCave Story
Release Date: Early 2009
Developer: Studio Pixel, Nicalis
Publisher: Nicalis

While Cave Story has been available for free as a PC title since 2004, many who've played through it -- or heard the rave recommendations of people who've played through the charming game -- think highly enough of it not to mind paying for a WiiWare version.

Nicalis' port improves on the acclaimed 2D Metroidvania title with additional save slots, new character designs, enhanced graphics and music (users can also choose to play the game with the original visuals and soundtrack), and more.

The Conduit WiiThe Conduit
Release Date: Spring
Developer: High Voltage Software
Publisher: Sega

With the exception of Metroid 3 and maybe Red Steel, few Wii games have delivered a compelling first-person shooter experience. High Voltage, using its Quantum3 engine, seeks to fill that void and offer a full-featured, graphically impressive FPS comparable to a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 shooter.

Along with its single-player campaign, the title will feature online multiplayer for up to 16 players, promising voice chat via the Wii Speak accessory and at least three game modes -- Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Capture The Flag. The Conduit will also use the Wii MotionPlus attachment for capturing player gestures more accurately.

Deadly Creatures WiiDeadly Creatures
Release Date: February
Developer: Rainbow Studios
Publisher: THQ

In Deadly Creatures, players take on the unfamiliar roles of a scorpion and a trantula, both with completely different play styles, as they crawl around in the desert fighting a number of bugs and even reptile bosses, like a rattle snake and a Gila monster.

Actors Dennis Hopper and Billy Bob Thornton voice two of the villainous humans in this game, their storyline running parallel with the scorpion and tarantula's as they search for buried gold from the American Civil War.

Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse WiiFatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Release Date: No date announced for U.S. (Already available in Japan)
Developer: Tecmo, Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher: Nintendo

Renowned designer Goichi "Suda51" Suda (No More Heroes) joins series director Shibata Makoto to co-direct this latest entry to Tecmo's survival horror franchise, Fatal Frame's first appearance on a Nintendo console.

As with previous installments, players unravel the mystery behind a past tragedy by exploring haunted areas and fighting off hostile spirits with an antique soul-capturing camera, except they will aim their shots with a Wii Remote instead of a directional pad this time around.

Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon WiiFragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Release Date: No date announced for U.S. (January 22nd in Japan)
Developer: Namco, tri-Crescendo
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which almost the entire population has vanished, Fragile follows a boy named Seto as he searches for survivors in abandoned cities. Ghosts and demons make up the enemies in this RPG, attacking the exploring hero.

Several tools controlled with Wii Remote gestures will help Seto in his efforts, such as a flashlight, a metal detector, and a device that picks up sounds and plays them through the controller's speaker.

source: GamaSutra