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Wii owners, get ready for "Resident Evil"

Capcom officially confirmed that the Resident Evil video game franchise will be coming to the Nintendo Wii, with Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. "Resident Evil has become one of the premier franchies in the games industry, with more than 30 million RE games sold around the world," said Jack Symon, director or product marketing for Capcom.

I think the functionality of the Wii controller makes Nintendo's next-generation console the ideal platform for the two new Resident Evil games.  It should be an interesting experience to be play RE on the Wii.

Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition is scheduled to be released on May 31 in Japan, but Capcom has not announced a U.S. release date -- the game will most likely be released sometime this summer.

The Umbrella Chronicles will be the Wii's first installment of the RE series, which will specifically revisits the location of the first three Resident Evil video games.  The game will also provide some more details about the fall of the Umbrella Corporation.

The video games were long expected, so the announcement from Capcom isn't completely shocking. People were also discussing rumors about Capcom and Resident Evil during the Game Developers Conference last month.

Capcom previously promised a PC version of Resident Evil 4, but it has not surfaced yet.
Click here to be taken to the official Umbrella Chronicles web site (in Japanese).

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Re: Wii
By exdeath on 4/9/2007 11:44:30 AM , Rating: 1
It goes back to the same thing I've been saying about the Wii...

Sure it will be fun, but in the end, after working your way though grainy 480p land of 8 bit textures, you will be thinking...

"Yeah it was more fun than 360 or PS3, but it would be even better with PS3 or 360 graphics with Wii controls."

RE: Re: Wii
By Murst on 4/9/2007 12:58:43 PM , Rating: 3
"Yeah it was more fun than 360 or PS3, but it would be even better with PS3 or 360 graphics with Wii controls."

I just got a wii a week ago, so I've had limited experience w/ the different games.

However, even though Wii Sports and Wii Play don't have awesome graphics, the Wii was the first time that I've seen an entire family (spanning from a 6 year old girl to grandparents in their upper 50s) all playing a video game system together, and enjoying it. The only problem I've ran across is that we only have 2 controllers so far, and although games like bowling will let you play 4 players w/ only 2 controllers, I'd really like there to be a game that lets 8 people play together at once.

Besides Sports & Play, I've gotten Super Mario World from SNES and Mario Kart 64. Its amazing how fun SMW is after all these years.

Well, as to your comment... we've generally had about 6-8 people playing the wii, and everyone was commmenting on how fun it was and how they want to get a wii... not one person complained about the graphics. There's no point in complaining about graphics when you're having fun. Its not the amount of pixels that counts, its what you do with them.

RE: Re: Wii
By therealnickdanger on 4/9/2007 1:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
Very true. When I think back to all the GoldenEye parties I hosted... wow, 4-player 12fps split-screen action!

I just hosted a big ol' Guitar Hero 2 party with my Xbox360. Big HD visuals on the plasma and ultra loud and clean music pumping through the room. Sure, we were limited to 2 players at a time, but the other 18 people were standing around watching, eating, drinking, and cheering - just like a real rock show. You can have good graphics and fun with tons of peeps!

RE: Re: Wii
By Spivonious on 4/9/2007 2:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
You can, yes, but most 360/PS3 games are geared towards single player or online play. I would imagine that the Wii will become the big "party" console.

RE: Re: Wii
By wallijonn on 4/11/2007 4:46:38 PM , Rating: 2
after working your way though grainy 480p land of 8 bit textures,

Just remember that 480p is DVD quality. The Wii, like the PS2, did have many special effects, like reflective water, smoke layers, etc. The Wii is supposedly more powerful than the GC, and the GC was more powerful than the PS2. So a Wii game should look very good (not great, but very good). Does it do 1080p? No. But it is just as bad to say that the PS3 downgrades a 1080p to 480i because the Sony HDTV did not do 720p. It is like claiming that UT3 looks great then also saying that the game is so fast that one can't appreciate the textures or that the textures have to be turned down to play on-line.

If the game is good, the game is good. If the game is crap then no amount of great looking graphics are going to save it.

Here we go
By THEiNTERNETS on 4/7/2007 11:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
Now watch when these titles are more enjoyable to play than the ps3/xbox360 derivative (Resident Evil 5 I believe it's called).

After seeing what Capcom did with the gamecube (RE4 anyone?) it should come as no surprise when these titles rock the house.

Take that kiddy image!

RE: Here we go
By othercents on 4/8/2007 2:20:43 PM , Rating: 1
The game might be more enjoyable, but don't expect high volume of sales. RE is outside of the target market that the Wii is trying to market too. I don't see many cruise lines and retirement homes buying RE.


RE: Here we go
By arswihart on 4/8/2007 3:36:04 PM , Rating: 3
Just because the old folks won't buy it doesn't mean it won't sell at least as much as it did on Gamecube.

RE: Here we go
By wrekd on 4/9/2007 8:42:19 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a Wii and have been enjoying RE4 for the Gamecube so much that I am considering the previous titles. This compilation of older titles would be quite welcome in my living room.

Most of the games that I buy are "$20 and under" Gamecube retreads anyway.

The author...
By CZroe on 4/10/2007 12:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
The blog poster/news story author clearly doesn't realize/acknowledge that Resident Evil 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 along with Resident Evil: Code Veronica, have all been playable on the Wii since day one (and with superior graphics to their orignal).

The GC was vastly superior to the PS2 and it really shows with the Resident Evil games made natively for it (RE 0, 1, and 4). The Wii version of RE4 will be impressive, but it's the extra PS2 content combined with the GC version's superior graphics (the PC version is actually inferior to even the PS2 version) that will make this special, even if the Wii doesn't improve over the GC graphics at all.

RE: The author...
By sladeviper on 4/11/2007 2:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
So graphics matter when comparing the Wii to PS2, but don't matter when it's the Wii against the PS3/360.

RE: The author...
By EarthsDM on 4/11/2007 3:18:39 PM , Rating: 1
How have the PS titles been playable on the Wii? I'm a little out of the loop on this (I loved RE 4 for GC, but my system was stolen before I could finish it.)

RE: The author...
By CZroe on 8/2/2007 1:29:35 PM , Rating: 2
They weren't PS versions... They were full-on Gamecube remakes except for RE2, RE3, and Code Veronica (high-resolution ports from the PSone/Dreamcast). Along with originals like RE:0, the entire re-released series was exclusive to Nintendo except that Capcom eventually made RE:Code Veronica X and RE:4 on the PS2 (along with RE:Outbreak and RE:Dead Aim spin-offs).

Nintendo platforms have been THE place to go for RE games in the last six years.

Wii can rock 480p...
By daftrok on 4/11/2007 10:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand people that say that "Oh the Wii's graphics suck!" But let me tell you a few games that still rock TODAY at 480p:

God of War
Ninja Gaiden
God of War 2
Halo 2
Resident Evil 4
Gran Turismo 4
Prince of Persia
Shadow of the Colossus

Give the Wii time and soon developers will be able to tap into its hidden power and give us great games!

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