Geometry Wars: Galaxies Producer Q&A

Sierra producer Roger Carpenter talks to us about his team's plans for the Wii and DS versions of Geometry Wars.

Geometry Wars, previously the reserve of Microsoft platforms, is headed to Nintendo's DS and Wii later this year. Since it was only recently announced, very little is known about the new game save for its title, Geometry Wars: Galaxies. Anxious to find out what Bizarre Creations and Kuju have planned, we wasted no time getting in touch with the games' producer, Roger Carpenter, who had more good news for us than we'd dared hope.

GameSpot: So, Geometry Wars for the Wii and the Nintendo DS, why did you decide to take the game to those platforms?

The new screenshots don't tell us much….

Roger Carpenter: Geometry Wars is a game that appeals to both the hardcore and the not so. It doesn't need a supercomputer to run it; all it needs is enough bang to make it look cool and have some great controls...step forward the Wii and DS. They also provide a great home-and-away solution for the new game, which we think will take GW to a new audience.

GS: We've heard that the games won't simply be ports of the Xbox Live Arcade game, and that they'll feature a single-player campaign. What can you tell us about that?

RC: It's a bit soon to go telling all, but compared to Retro Evolved, Galaxies is huge. It expands on the "universe" of Geometry Wars in a natural and logical way, introducing stacks of new gameplay. Think solar systems and planets, and you'll get some of the principles. Both Bizarre Creations and Kuju have been beavering away to create some very cool new stuff. And just in case you're wondering, we will have plenty of online leaderboards!

GS: And multiplayer support, how is that going to work?

RC: Both platforms have two-player multiplayer. Wii is all on one console. DS uses Wi-Fi, with game-share. Right from the get-go, everyone knew that multiplayer was a must-have, so that's what you'll get--at least four modes, including one exclusive for each platform.

GS: Will the craft, weapons, and enemies in the Nintendo games be the same as those seen in Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved?

RC: The ship has become a bit of an icon, so that's going to stay as is. Everything else is getting a bit of a shake-up; familiar foes will endure, but there'll be new enemies, weapons, and a healthy number of totally new "things," too.

GS: Will the Wii and DS versions of Geometry Wars: Galaxies be compatible with each other in any way?

RC: With GWG, we've set out to design one game experience that works equally well on both systems (rather than two separate games), and we've thought of quite a number of ways to reward players for playing both. As far as I know, it's pushing the link between the two systems further than any other game out there.

GS: Both the Wii and the DS have unconventional control systems, and neither can really support the dual-analog controls used in the XBLA game. How do you plan to use the Nintendo consoles' respective controllers? Will the Wii version support the Classic Controller?

…except that this is still Geometry Wars.

RC: Honestly, it never crossed our minds that either platform would have a problem...and they don't. We're going to provide a number of variations, but the Nunchuk (move) and remote (direction of fire) of the Wii works brilliantly, and so does the stylus on the DS. I'd even be as bold as to say the Wii control method could challenge XBLA GW: RE scores. We've had some pretty impressive ones already.

GS: And how will the DS game take advantage of the handheld's dual-screen setup?

RC: We use the second screen, whichever one it is, to enhance the gameplay and feedback to the player.

GS: Will the Nintendo games feature something resembling the XBLA version in addition to their new modes?

RC: Is Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved included? Yes it is. All there, all 100 percent of it, untouched and as excellent as ever. We'll even let you game-share it to as DS friend if you like...even if you own only the Wii version!

GS: And finally, when can we expect to see Geometry Wars: Galaxies in stores?

RC: It's going to be out in good time for the holidays.

GS: Thanks for your time.

RC: No problem, nice to have a bit of Britsoft to shout about.

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85 comments
Axle800
Axle800

I was thinking about getting this game for my ds, is it worth buying? respond to me on my profile please

Nightcreeper
Nightcreeper

I still don't understand why this thing isn't coming to the 360. Why not give the ones who already have the Evolved version an update for 400 points? Too much content for 400 points? I'd buy it.

nickyb628
nickyb628

I love this game on the xbox, excellent arcade game, one of the best, if not THE best. I can't wait to pick this up :).

coolguy681
coolguy681

cant wait. Im definetly getting it on the DS because I know it will get good reviews!

soulofaqua
soulofaqua

Its an arcade game like in the old days of pong and space invaders and galaga no levels just getting harder and harder till you die... like real life.

snicky00
snicky00

this is one of the best arcade shooters ever

waZelda
waZelda

Never played it, but it sounds awesome. Goes under the list of games I'll buy if it gets a good GS score.

babingka
babingka

Heck ya. I loved it on 360 and can't wait to tote it around on my DS or potentially DL it for Wii. Anyone who is a fan of old school type arcade shooters, this game is a refreshing and fun time that can't be beat.

jumalinen
jumalinen

Kind of dissapointed it's not coming to XBLA, but I'll buy for Wii.

IncrediBurch
IncrediBurch

I played it. Dare I say...In your face microsoft.

BR0M
BR0M

For all the Nintendo people who have never played Geometry Wars and are saying WTF...This game is magnificent, you will thoroughly enjoy it.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wait a minute isnt this the same game i played on pgr 2 on xbox

wiinerdog
wiinerdog

They should provide on-line multiplayer on the Wii.

thk123
thk123

When they say holidays, do they mean the summer holidays? Because if so...I don't think I will be getting Mario Strikers after all.

sVebbe
sVebbe

Must have, Geamotry Wars is a great game!

andywray
andywray

Awesome, I've always loved GeoWars and getting it on the Wii is pretty much a dream come true as I don't have a 360 :D

KillerM24
KillerM24

duuuuude i want this, if those pictures were shown as the ds gameplay then it looks almost as good as the 360 geowars, hopefully comes out in the arcade for about 1200 points

arubasupersmash
arubasupersmash

oooook, weird game, hope it doesn't make the wii look bad

CowbellFanatic
CowbellFanatic

Geometry Wars is great, I hope that the campaign and stuff will eventually be released as a game or download for the 360.

dsuser12345
dsuser12345

yessss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am happy i got to play this on my friends 360 and it was almost worth buying the system for but now i don't need to!

royalpierre
royalpierre

yesss, this is too cool, i can't wait for this to come out man.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

niiiice, i played this game to death on my 360, i'll have to get it for my ds so whenever i get bored i can play it on the go. great simple game :)

DaDude253
DaDude253

Oh i played that game for ages on Xbox live arcade i love it :)

runejedi
runejedi

lol im not gonna have enough money to buy all these cool games! but still Wii has been out less than a year and the libary of games is looking pretty good.

peebert
peebert

Gamespot- PLEASE, stop including the "Thanks for your time" crap at the end of every interview. It's irrelevant to your readers whether or not you thanked your interviewee for their time, and it's amateurish writing. It's time to bump up the journalistic skills, gang....

cbhl
cbhl

I am SO getting this, for the Wii, no matter what. This is going to be AWESOME.

Micoor
Micoor

Sounds kind of interesting.

interpolred
interpolred

Sounds really cool! Another game to look out for! Glad to see even more support for Nintendo's current consoles.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

i love Geometry Wars, so i'm getting this on the DS. i got the Costco 360, so i didn't even get to pay for Geometry Wars.

Aquachild
Aquachild

Thanks, but I'll stick with the one on the Xbox 360, mainly because it's um...already out and and will likely be about $50 cheaper.

jbond904
jbond904

I can't wait... geometry wars will totally rule on the Wii

FMunro3251
FMunro3251

i liked geometry wars on xbox live arcade, but i never really could play it for long periods of times before getting bored. i think it will work better as a handheld game

RunnerGunner480
RunnerGunner480

It's cool that the Wii can share this game with the DS through wi-fi.