BVG unveils new Wii, DS shop

Fall Line Studio will focus on creating "innovative games" featuring Disney characters solely for the Mario Factory's two platforms.

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Buena Vista Games has set up a new studio to develop games exclusively for the Nintendo Wii and DS. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Fall Line Studio will make both all-original titles and games based on existing Disney characters and television shows. Its mission statement is to work on primarily "small-team, creative projects that leverage the Disney brand in new and innovative ways."

BVG is the video game publishing arm of the Walt Disney Company, whose animation properties inspired recent best-sellers from third-party publishers like Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts II and THQ's Cars. BVG owns a suite of studios itself, including Propaganda Games in Vancouver and Avalanche Software, also in Salt Lake City. The company's acquisition of UK studio Climax Racing last month and today's announcement further expands its in-house development talent.

Fall Line Studio's new studio vice president and general manager will be Scott Novis, previously GM of Rainbow Studios (MX vs. ATV Unleashed). "BVG has an excellent management team, a can-do corporate culture and a treasure trove of great intellectual properties that make it exciting for us to start something new," said Novis in a statement.

Discussion

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antonioscordo
antonioscordo

tajwar101 wrote: """"....unless you are one of those people who will claim it will make them tired...which pretty much means you are either a) extremely ignorant of how to play on the Wii because they haven't seen any of the testers playing Zelda on the Wii or Madden or b) so obese that they actually have a legitimate excuse (which I don't blame...I mean, it would be pretty hard....""" If they are that obese, then maybe the Wii is exactly what they need.... I myself could stand to take off 50 pounds or so.... already got my Wii pre-ordered..

den4sir
den4sir

Wii's will probably be at Epcot Center at the innovation site.

rbarahona
rbarahona

Let's see what kind of games this new studio comes up with. I really hope that they manage to take advantage of the features of the Wii and the DS and make fun games to play with.

aashkii
aashkii

Innovation is the key to success these days. Times have changed since the 8-bit days.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

"innovative games" sounds good for me. Let's see if they keep their promise.

rikardo10
rikardo10

well it migth be good for kids. but in my kase i prefer red steel.lol

encryptkeeper
encryptkeeper

Meh...these games don't interest me. And the one thing that spoiled all the Kingdom Hearts games was all the disney characters. It felt like they put them in because they were paid to, not because it actually made the game any better. Kaintae, I couldn't disagree more. Kingdom Hearts was cool because of the disney characters. At the same time, you really have to think that this will result in nothing more than a bunch of Donald Duck, Going Quackers type license games that will only pollute the Wii and DS library.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This would clearly result in a large increase in Disney software for the Wii and DS. Well it is a sensible business move on their part as I honestly dont see too many children with a PSP, PS3 or Xbox360 anytime this century.

Nintendus
Nintendus

It will appeal to more gamers, don't you agree?

Kaintae1134
Kaintae1134

Meh...these games don't interest me. And the one thing that spoiled all the Kingdom Hearts games was all the disney characters. It felt like they put them in because they were paid to, not because it actually made the game any better.

juanfraino
juanfraino

Indeed, Kingdom hearts 3 for Wii would be great!!

yuku_2000
yuku_2000

Kingdom hearts 3 on wii is looking more realistic!! After all COM was on gameboy.

gameplaya123
gameplaya123

Kingdom Hearts for Wii?!!! Kingdom Hearts Wii!! that has a ring to it!!!

tajwar101
tajwar101

Well this can only be good news.....first off we know Square Enix is backing the Wii with Dragon Quest Swords and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Now that we hear that Buena Vista is also interested in making Wii games, nobody can be blamed to think that Kingdom Hearts would be coming to the Wii. That's gonna be pretty awesome playing Kingdom Hearts on the Wii....unless you are one of those people who will claim it will make them tired...which pretty much means you are either a) extremely ignorant of how to play on the Wii because they haven't seen any of the testers playing Zelda on the Wii or Madden or b) so obese that they actually have a legitimate excuse (which I don't blame...I mean, it would be pretty hard).

agentkooper
agentkooper

I liked BVG more the first time - When it was called Acclaim

lulu52
lulu52

What?!?!?! are you honestly saying that you didn't enjod Kingdom Hearts?!?!?! Are you crazy? That's a classic!

agentkooper
agentkooper

I liked BVG more the first time - When it was called Acclaim

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Yay, I guess. If nothing else, I guess it shows that BVG thinks Nintendo has some solid platforms on their hands.

Anakin1092
Anakin1092

Well, maybe they'll make something good for once. I know they made Kingdom Hearts, but so far, haven't enjoyed the first one very much.

kruegersc4
kruegersc4

Nice, unless only companies that make kiddie games start making Wii studios. If this happens, then Nintendo will continue to be considered a kiddie company.

kruegersc4
kruegersc4

Nice, unless only companies that make kiddie games start making Wii studios. If this happens, then Nintendo will continue to be considered a kiddie company.

Tyveil
Tyveil

Disney games is great news for my kids. Good move.

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

It will all depend on the IP for me. I'm not a big Disney fan, but they do put out some good games on occasion ( Alladen and Lion King on SNES were excellent). Plus, since it's the Buena Vista arm of Disney, that doesn't necessarily limit the games to existing Disney's "kiddie" IPs.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

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the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Innovative games? I like Kingdom Hearts because of Square Enix's Final Fantasy themes. But without Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts would have sucked like any other kiddy Disney games.

luigimario_64
luigimario_64

Well since Square Enix likes Nintendo even more now...can anyone say...Kingdom Hearts Wii?

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Cool. I hope they don't all suck.

NECR0CHILD313
NECR0CHILD313

Isn't thrilling in and of itself, but it's possible that other companies may open studios that design specifically for the nontraditional controlling platforms.

Lunatic_Monk
Lunatic_Monk

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zinkeboy
zinkeboy

While I do roll my eyes at some of the nonsense that will probably come out of this... we have gotten a lot of Great must own games (and a few just really good titles) based off of Disney licenses in the past. Mickey Mania, Kingdom Hearts Series, Aladdin (genesis), etc... But yeah, they can't all be winners. For every Mickey Mania we get, we recieve two Goofy's Historical History Tour... ewww....

RadiatingxEyes
RadiatingxEyes

Ska, if you read the article it says: "...Fall Line Studio will make both all-original titles and games based on existing Disney characters and television shows." This means they will just be doing Disney games. The sentence could be rephrased as "...existing Disney characters and Disney television shows," but the way they worded it is preferable because it would be redundant otherwise.

bulls4ever
bulls4ever

Maybe they are going to make a KH but with nintendo stages.

skasuperhero
skasuperhero

Dace, if you read the article it says: "...Fall Line Studio will make both all-original titles and games based on existing Disney characters and television shows." So it looks as if they wont just be doing Disney games; though I'm sure that will be the primary product for the company.

LordBrittish
LordBrittish

Awesome. That'll be excellent news for parents.

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

While I am all for Disney games, games like these are what make a lot of people turn away from Wii because it gives it a lighter feeling to the console.

Dace67
Dace67

I would be more excited if they did some original games instead of games only based on existing Disney characters.

shizwill03
shizwill03

Cool. MAKE GOOD GAMES PLEASEKTHXBAI.

shizwill03
shizwill03

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