March 27, 2009

“˜Conduit’ Hopes To Change Wii’s Image

Developers of a new first-person shooter to be released on Nintendo's Wii console, want to change people's image of the gaming system.

Matt Corso, of High Voltage, is developing a first-person shooter videogame called "Conduit", which he says will challenge notions that action-adventure games can only be played on Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Sony's PlayStation 3.

While showing off the game during a demo at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Corso said players will get the feel that they are playing one of the popular "ËœHalo' titles, in which players take the role of Master Chief as they battle aliens.

"It feels like 'Halo,' but it's not," he said.

"A lot of it is just getting over the stigma that Wii is for grandparents and our little brother; that is complete nonsense. We were super excited about making a game for Nintendo Wii."

In Conduit, players take on the role of Mr. Ford, who begins as a secret service agent who stumbles onto a conspiracy involving aliens.

"Mr. Ford knows a lot about special ops," Corso said while previewing the game at GDC.

The game allows for more fluid motion as it taps into the motion-sensing capabilities of the "Wiimote" handheld controllers.

President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata told GDC that the company's Wii consoles and DS handhelds "will serve all tastes," when it comes to video games.


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