Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Fatal Frame Announced Exclusively For Wii U!

Tecmo Koei has announced a new game in the long running Fatal Frame series. The new game (currently untitled but being referred to as Fatal Frame V) is set to appear on the Wii U which excites the imagination when you consider how the developers can utilize the GamePad for the series Camera Obscura which is used to combat spirits. This Wii U exclusivity is the result of Nintendo co-owning the Fatal Frame franchise with Tecmo Koei which also resulted in the experimental (and underrated) 3DS exclusive, Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (a side game in the Fatal Frame series).

The Fatal Frame series gained a cult following in the US during its PlayStation 2 run which saw 3 games get an English language release. The series 4th installment, Fatal Frame IV, came out as a Japan only Wii exclusive in 2008 (published by Nintendo). Despite fan requests, the game never made it out of Japan and was ultimately translated through a group of dedicated fans. An enhanced remake of Fatal Frame II was also produced for the Wii but only saw release in Japan and Europe.

This has caused many to question what will happen with this latest installment in the series. Interestingly, Tecmo Koei has also announced plans to supplement this new games release with a live-action film, novel and comic which could mean a push to expand the franchise. This could also point to an expansion for the series back into the survival horror starved US market. Since Nintendo owns exclusive rights to the series, there is a possibility that the Big N will make an attempt to bring the franchise to the game starved US Wii U market, a move that would go a long way to showing the core market that Nintendo is serious about the console in terms of the mature market. Personally I think Nintendo would do well to release an HD Wii U enhanced Fatal Frame Collection to build interest in the series in the US again (considering it has been close to a decade since the last US release). If there is any news coming on a US release, expect something at this years E3.


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