Friday, May 04, 2007

´Impossible Mission´ downgraded to download-only midi-game



The Wii title ´Impossible Mission´ will not be made available as a retail version but distributed exclusively via the Wii´s Shopping Channel, Nintendo Power magazine writes in its June issue, according to Infendo.

The game is based on the 1984 Epyx classic of the same name and is developed by UK publisher System 3.




No reason is given why no retail version of ´Impossible Mission´ will appear. Most likely, the game is thought to be not long or good enough to merit it appearing on a proper disc and as a full price title.

However, the same publisher has brought the Wii game ´Super Fruit Fall´ to retail, which feels like no more than flash-based freeware. Its crappy menus and blatant lack of attention to detail, as well as any Wii controller functionality, should have been enough to convince Nintendo and System 3 to consider this as a Shop Channel download.

So why now? And why ´Impossible Mission´? I would guess that something has gone quite wrong in the development process and only the flexibility of a downloadable game (allowing both for more flexible pricing and - more importantly - patches) can save it from being canned altogether.

If my guess is correct, it is quite a shame, because ´Impossible Mission´ is a legacy title (the very first videogame featuring audio output) that I and many other gamers still cherish today.

The PS3 has had its fair share of retail games being downgraded this way, with both Warhawk and Gran Turismo HD being available only via download.

Source: Infendo
Thanks to: GoNintendo, Testicular Sound Express

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read a short piece on System 3 a few months ago which said that they had originally planned to release it as a download-only game but were forced to switch to boxed retail because Nintendo were dragging their feet on original content for the Wii Shopping Channel.

Sorry, I can't remember where I read it, so I can't give you any more info.

Carmine "Cai" M. Red said...

Does this mean that original Wii downloadable content is finally on its way? Or will Impossible mission be the only one for a looooong while?

Also, Falafel... was that star wars game that you confirmed the LEGO Star Wars compilation/wiiport that was just uncovered?

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

Anonymous said...

an interesting article about a new wii remote peripheral device. thought you might like it.

http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/04/wii_blaster_tur.html

Grandmaster B said...

System 3 (Studio 3 now) as far as I know these days is a fairly small company.

I hope they are putting a lot of effort into the next Last Ninja title (I think they were making one correct?), I hope they do not let us down on this.

Epyx's Impossible Mission I never got into myself (since I only had C64 cassette and didnt have access to it) but back in the day System 3 had some great talent.

Last Ninja series, Myth & IK/IK+ were just some of the finest games in history.

Anonymous said...

must be a dud game

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