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Port Combo Packs for the Wiin

May 5, 2007
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We are starting to become numb to the ports that are heading towards the Wii. You read about how the motion controls will give the game “new life” and “make it worth trying again”. Then you do try it out, or read a review and discover… not so much. A few games have sneaked in and have received some approval, such as The Godfather: Blackhand Edition and Prince of Persia: Rival Swords. But games like Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Far Cry Vengeance have made more than a few people worried that Wii titles will always be nothing more than ports of PS2 and PSP games.

But it’s defiantly arguable that developers simply haven’t had the time to develop interesting new titles and IP for the Wii. Which is to also to suggest they didn’t necessarily believe it would be successful. Now that it so obviously is successful, at least from a sales standpoint, we are seeing publishers like EA changing course and admitting they should have been making some Wii games earlier on. So what will the delay bring for the Wii? Well likely a few more ports, and mini games.

But what I am really interested in is the deal we are getting for at least a couple older games. I just read today the Lego Star Wars will be coming to the Wii. I know your shocked. But interestingly it seems that both games in the series will be included as one title for the Wii release. Another game announced for the Wii that is doing this is Brothers in Arms. Brothers in Arms will have a new game for the DS, but the Wii version will be the original game as well as the sequel released as one package.brothers in arms

So do you have the right the complain about ports when your getting two for the price of one? Damn right you do! Motion control has so far proved not to make any old games more fun. In fact, many games have become more annoying with the Wii controls tacked on.

I suppose these titles have the right to get out there and into the hands of new gamers, and those who missed them the first time around. But hey, if a console is selling itself on the fact that it’s trying to give us something new, then give us something new!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Sum0 permalink
    May 5, 2007 1:33 pm

    I’ve actually been pretty impressed with the Godfather Wii motion controls so far. While I’m not yet convinced that motion controls _make_ the game, I believe they can definitely improve it.

  2. frisby permalink
    May 5, 2007 7:36 pm

    Nitnendo set a poor example when releasing their console with a rigged port as their killer app. AKA: The Legend of Zelda” Twilite Princess.

    Since Nitnendo was able to pull it off the third parties believe they can make some quick cash by dropping their pride and slapping controls on their old games while Wii gamers are so hungry for games they drop their pants, touch their toes and take it up the ass.

    It may make you pissed as a Wii faithful. It may even make you say Fuck EA, Ubisoft, ext.

    Just remember Nintendo set the example with TP, Super Paper Mario and more.

    Friz

  3. Bobloblaw permalink
    May 5, 2007 11:42 pm

    In kinda sorta related news, Capcom announced that RE4 will be priced at 29.99 USD. Which makes sense , since this title actually did come out on the GameCube and PS2 already, rather than having been just developed for it and moved over like all the Nintendo games and many of the 3rd party ones.

  4. May 7, 2007 1:43 pm

    When I first heard of the Revolution console and its original controller, I actually thought it would be cool to be able to play all those GameCube games with this controller by just mapping the controls onto remote moves.

    I still feel that way, although I’m dissappointed that Wii doesn’t allow you to simply customize the control of the old GC games onto the remote… However, I will take the “slapped-on” remote control on a game I like any day, at the right price!

    I’m not sure Nintendo actually offered any new, original games, just a “new way to play”… which is exactly what you are getting with the “slapped-on” controls! When I want a new, original game, I buy a DS game!

  5. frisby permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:35 pm

    Watch your tone Iman or you will get “Slaped On” 😉

  6. May 7, 2007 9:49 pm

    Well look at it this way. Neither 360 nor PS3 have THE game that makes you want to buy a system, aside from MAYBE gears of war. I think that overall this gen just came too soon, and gamers are gonna have to wait it out for really great games.

  7. May 8, 2007 10:26 am

    I’m still waiting for Halo 3…

  8. June 2, 2007 5:54 pm

    Ryan makes a great point. All the consoles seem premature, regardless of – and in some cases, backed up by — sell-through numbers. This is the reason why they came out the way they did. Xbox was losing the most money, so they dropped first. Nintendo’s userbase was shrinking, so they took Wii out. Sony had the comfiest position and still does, so the PS2 charges on while PS3 is forced to be available.

    This industry is fucked, that’s all i know.

  9. June 3, 2007 4:46 pm

    Lesson for the day: wait at least a year for a game system to mature (and maybe even drop its price) before you buy it, so you know for sure which games were worth getting, and get them at a MUCH lower price or even skip them and get the new ones that are being developed after developers finally learned how to program for that system’s hardware!

    Oh, wait… I think I already said that:

    https://intendo.wordpress.com/2007/06/02/ubisoft-so-like-were-sorry-we-over-ported-and-stuff/#comment-4191

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