Friday, June 14, 2013

Nintendo Wii U Is Getting A Double Dose Of Oddworld!

The Oddworld series is one of the most unique and polished franchises to ever come out of an independent studio and I'm happy to report that 2 of the series biggest and best titles are coming to the Wii U eShop. Oddworld has always had a style that felt like it belonged on a Nintendo console but due to a variety of factors, it never happened outside of a few Game Boy titles hampered by technical limitations. It's thrilling to see this highly underrated series make a comeback at a time when its unique style and creativity can truly be appreciated.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (TBA 2013/2014?) - This is an HD remastered version of the original game that started the entire series. It is currently unknown if this new version will feature new content but it is likely considering the title change from the original "Abe's Oddysee" subtitle. It has been confirmed that the new visuals are full 3D (running on Unity) with gameplay continuing its 2D tradition. The new visuals are a sight to behold when you consider that the original used 2D pre-rendered visuals and movies to convey the intended vision. Enjoy!

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (TBA 2014) - A sublime and incredibly unique title that managed to deliver a game WAY ahead of its time. The game was originally released back in 2005 but managed to feature 1st/3rd person gameplay, platforming and stealth with everything working quite well together. This game is a must for anyone who is sick and tired of the traditional FPS and wants something with more creativity. Wii U specific additions have not been announced but an interactive map, motion controls, off-screen play and quick switching for the games living ammo are likely additions.


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