Emergency Mayhem resuscitated for Wii

Game previously abandoned in wake of Acclaim collapse picked up, headed for North American release on new system courtesy of Warner Bros., Codemasters.

The original Acclaim went under in 2004, but its last few projects haven't let a little thing like the death of their publisher keep them from being released. After Acclaim's bankruptcy, THQ quickly picked up and later released the street racer Juiced, and last month XS Games released The Red Star while Aspyr brought Made Man (formerly Interview with a Made Man) to retail.

Yet another Acclaim game is set to arrive at retailers, as a Warner Bros. Interactive representative confirmed for GameSpot today that it will be distributing the defunct company's driving game Emergency Mayhem. Originally announced for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Emergency Mayhem is being adapted for the Wii by Codemasters, and is one of a handful of the publisher's titles that Warner Bros. will release in North America.

No details have been revealed about the game in its current incarnation, but as introduced at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Emergency Mayhem was a tongue-in-cheek action driving game that put players in control of fire, police, and medical response vehicles in Crisis City. True to its name, Crisis City is beset by all manner of calamities, and the Crazy Taxi-style game required players to navigate traffic to reach scenes of trouble, where they would then play minigames to put out literal and metaphorical fires.

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theKSMM
theKSMM

Acclaim was a heavyweight once upon a time, but I guess nothing lasts forever in this industry.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Acclaim didn't have too much going for it. I am not expecting much from these games.

DFTricks
DFTricks

So a mix between crazy-taxi and Mario party! ^^ sounds great :)

thestickman
thestickman

Isn't this that emergency vehicle-driving game with gameplay like Crazy Taxi? I wanted this! Glad it wasn't abandoned overall XD

easye1982
easye1982

Now I hope they start "Fuel" back up for another system too.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

... and then it gets cancelled for Wii and put on a different system. Happened with Too Human.

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Great. We need more of these quirky games for the Wii. It's what made the DS stand out in my opinion.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

This not only could be great fun, but also a good non violent game for kids if done right. IE fighting fires, and chaseing down the bad guys in cop cars sounds cool! Heres hoping it's like crackdown but without the blood and unrealistic car lifting.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Sounds like a fun little game. I miss Acclaim. They were responsible for releasing a ton of great SNES games.

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

ooooo cool. I saw this a few months ago on the "cancelled" list, and hearing of its return makes me happy, especially on the Nintendo Wii.

royboy1-o
royboy1-o

Awesome! another last gen game for the wii!

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

A previously abandoned game that was being worked on in 2004 being resurrected by a different developer altogether? I think I'll pass...

robfield
robfield

Shows how the Wii is getting treated

blande
blande

Sega should release that arcade firefighting game for Wii. That would own me.

Ehllee
Ehllee

Hmmm... I curious on how well this will work. I want more crazy games for the wii, not more driving games

slayer1090
slayer1090

we want brawl... we want brawl... WE WANT BRAWL!!!

IronManRhino
IronManRhino

The more games the merrier I always say, the wii is really starting to be the next ps2, which is an awesome thing.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Don't remember hearing about this one, but I don't remember what I had for breakfast. Same rule applies as always: if it's good, I'll buy it.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

hmmm so a worse Disaster: Day of Crisis?

wwonka666
wwonka666

Crazy Taxi would be awesome if done right on Wii. Sega should do that instead. It would be AAWEESOMe.

judog1
judog1

Hmm...I don't really remember this game at all...hope they do a good job on it....

GamesAnytime
GamesAnytime

What? Most people dont even remember the game, we'll see how it does

Jaysonguy
Jaysonguy

Very good news to see this saved.

shadow4287
shadow4287

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