Sunday, February 11, 2007

Rumour round-up



There has been some great Wii news in the past days. Activision is bringing Guitar Hero to the Wii and Konami is developing Dance Dance Revolution for Nintendo´s newest.

Sony´s bad luck, on the other hand, continued with SCE UK sales director Kevin Jowett quitting only weeks before the European launch on March 23rd.

But there have been plenty of Wii-related rumours, too. Half of them will further boost the Wii´s third party support, if true.



1.) ´GTA5´ coming to Wii

Could ´Grand Theft Auto 5´ be heading to Wii? A SPOnG article broke the story.

SPOnG put it to a Rockstar rep the other day that we’d heard GTA 5 might be Wii-bound and they responded with what we can only describe as a stifled giggle. Read into that what you will.



2.) ´Blue Dragon´ coming to the DS

Gaming magazine EGM believes that the previous Xbox360 exclusive ´Blue Dragon´ may be heading to the Nintendo DS, Cubed3 reports. Also, star game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi is apparently working on a ´Space Channel 5´ successor. A platform has not been named.



3.) EA software engineer recommends skipping the PS3

Software Engineer Dr. Andrew Garrett with EALA, Electronic Arts´ Los Angeles 500 strong studio, has recommended not buying a PlayStation3. He wrote on Free Republic:

I make video games, currently working for Electronic Arts on the latest Command & Conquer. Last year, the prediction was that Sony would win the next-gen war, that the PS3 would be the dominant console, just like the PS2 was.

That is no longer the case. The extremely strong performance of the Wii, combined with the miserable performance of Sony has revised pretty much everyone's expectations. Right now, most of us here think the 360 will be on top for this generation, with the battle for second place between Sony and Nintendo (and that's a major shock, as we'd nearly written Nintendo off for the non-handheld market.) Most of us still think Sony will beat off Nintendo, simply due to the older graphics on the Wii, but it's not a sure thing.

My opinion - get the 360 and/or the Wii. Skip the PS3 unless there's a big change in the near future.



4.) ´Fight Night´ coming to Wii

Electronic Arts is apparently looking into bringing their boxing license ´Fight Night´ to Wii. EA Sports producer Michael Blank spoke to Doghouse Boxing.

We’re talking about it right now. We’re contemplating and we definitely feel there are some exciting things we can do with the Fight Night franchise and the Wii. When you play Wii Boxing it is a very simple experience and I think that is what they designed it to be just to let you know that you can throw punches. With Fight Night we have an amazing simulation of Boxing and so we need to take those Wii controls and tailor it to what the Fight Night consumer might want to experience. We are looking at it right now and I am sure you will something some time in the future on the Wii.


Sources: SPOnG, Cubed3, Free Republic, Doghouse Boxing
Thanks to: Information Arbitrage, Siliconera, Digg, Codename Revolution, The Tanooki

9 comments:

some guy said...

A Wii version of GTA would be expected; now GTA 5 on the other hand I have my doubts. The most likely outcome will be a modified GTA3 game to take advantage of the controller. Similar to what they are doing with Manhunt 2.

Regarding ‘Fight Night’; I thought that this title was already confirmed for the Wii? I could be wrong.

The EA engineer didn’t seem to mention skipping the PS3 anymore they he did the Wii; it seems he was simply pointing out that it looks like the 360 was going to win this generation. Especially when he said: “Right now, most of us here think the 360 will be on top for this generation”. Also he said: “Most of us still think Sony will beat off Nintendo, simply due to the older graphics on the Wii, but it's not a sure thing.”.

That doesn’t seem to show much confidence in the Wii even after seeing the great sales.

I just find that a little odd that’s all.

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Anonymous said...

GTA V...

I hope that, if anything does prove to be true, it would be a big box with GTA III-style makeovers for GTA and GTA II, along with GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, and some extras from GTA IV.

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