Last Airbender movie game floats onto Wii, DS

THQ adapting M. Night Shyamalan-helmed live-action film for June launch, will follow story from the perspective of antagonist Prince Zuko.

This June, Nickelodeon's animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender will make its leap to live action with a feature film from the director of The Sixth Sense and The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan. Although the filmmaker is known for twist endings, the publisher of the film's game adaptation was entirely predictable.

The game adaptation of M. Night's movie puts players in control of the bad guy? What a twist!

THQ today announced that it will publish The Last Airbender for the Wii and DS. The company has been releasing games based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series since 2006.

Based on the film (which has dropped the Avatar name in apparent deference to James Cameron's Oscar-nominated blockbuster), the games will give players a chance to see the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Zuko. In addition to playing as the Fire Nation prince, gamers will also take control of series protagonist Aang, as well as The Blue Spirit.

Shyamalan, who also wrote the film's script, brings some marquee talent to the project, but he's working with a largely unknown cast of actors. Perhaps the biggest names in the bunch are Dev Patel (who starred in the 2008 Best Picture Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale in the Twilight films), and The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.

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74 comments
_SolidSnake07_
_SolidSnake07_

I second Zidaneski's motion... enough with the ranting already... on the screenshots; I don't like where that graphics's quality is headin'...

megagood
megagood

@gob__bluth - I think you are right.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Seriously? you people are STILL ranting about the cast choices?

falcOWNS
falcOWNS

whoa.... taking zukos side? the game already sounds better than the movie (and anything made by M.Night :P)

riariases
riariases

Haha, M. Night Shyamalan as in the 6th Sense. Nice. Looking forward to that movie.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

And just to cover my ass I want to add that I know that the Fire Nation actors are not all of Indian descent. As a fan of Cliff Curtis I know that he is Maori and as a major film lover, I know that Shaun Taub is Persian.

Can't say for sure about the other guys, but I think the general impression is that the Fire Nation is supposed to be Indian (or close to it) I mean, at least the impression that kids will get from it (and the studio doesn't seem to be fighting that implication).

Maybe just brown = firey and crispy? (Yeah, I know, that's bad. Hate me if you want :P )

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

@MachShot Oh, I know for sure that there are tons of Asians that are amazing actors. I would prefer the leads be the right ethnicity, but if the current actors deliver a great performance and convince me that they are who they are portraying then I really don't care. That was moreso the point of my post.

America IS ready for Asian heroes, but who knows how soon it will happen (at least for more than just ninja/kungfu movies that can just have Jet Li thrown in). I'll just take what I can get and if they do a good job, despite not being Asian, then I'll at least be satisfied.

One thing I don't understand though is if they're going to make the main characters that are supposed to be like Inuit, Asian, etc, then why make the Fire Nation, who is supposed to be Asian, Indian? I mean, if they're going to "whiteify" the film, why not be consistent? It just seems silly to me...well, at least Dev Patel is a better choice for Zuko than Jesse McCartney would have been.

MachShot
MachShot

@RadicalToenail That's an interesting tidbit on "Man on Fire". But every other movie has a white hero. We can all agree on that. The opportunity is there for blacks and whites. But what happens when the opportunity arises to cast Asian actors in a leading role? Take a hike to the back of the bus. And don't give me that "Maybe Asians don't have talent and can't bring in the money." garbage. Harold and Kumar. Lost tv series. Heroes TV series. Ninja Assassin - box office not that impressive but it's not everyday an Asian hero gets to carry the girl out of harm's way as the ending. America is ready for Asian heroes. Why can't Hollywood just accept that?

jadefury27
jadefury27

@Niner0 : that was me being generous due to my love of the source material.

mikeskullx2004
mikeskullx2004

Why oh why is the fire nation Indian people? Sand Benders maybe but cmon... I'm not being racist, it just doesn't make sense... Fire and dragons seems like a more conscious decision in casting Asians for the fire nation. Whatever... The material is there for a great game but Nick needs to drop THQ... As much as I loved them for the old school wrestling games, they haven't made something worth playing in a long time.

jigsaw4life
jigsaw4life

I want an open world one with upgradable powers and for ps3 with good graphics and a battle system like dragon quest 8 and tons of items and you can play through for several hours and there is side quests affiliated with the show and it will be a great adventure and so cool

BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

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RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

And to those complaining about the stars not being Asian, just wait until the movie comes out. If they can convince you that they are the character then what does it matter?

Anyone see Man on Fire? The movie is based on a book where the main character is white. He's black in the movie, but Denzel Washington did a great job at becoming that character.

If you don't agree then just keep in mind that (supposedly) Shyamalan has said that Toph will be Asian in the second movie. Which makes it all better to me! :D

karloss01
karloss01

avatar is like the western version of dragon ball. Millions of fans, and a very bad live action film in it's name.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Avatar: The Last Airbender could make an amazing game of almost any kind. First-person/thirdperson adventure, RPG, or even twisting it into modern times could work out and still be amazing! Hell, an Avatar MMO would be super awesome. The 4 different nations to choose from each with their own special attributes.

Seriously though. Avatar has everything to make a potentially amazing game. It's just sad that this potential won't be realized.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

NOOO! They're butchering the dignity that the T.V show had! :(

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

But the movie is just two months away! How could anyone manage to finish a game in that amount of time!? Ohhh wait, it's THQ. They'll probably wait 6 weeks before they start. In all honesty though, I'm still skeptical of the movie itself (seeing it asap anyway). We're going to hire a notorious shop to develop a game based on a potentially horrible remake of a fantastic show. I don't see how this could go wrong.

lilmurfer
lilmurfer

i can't stress how much this is gonna suck

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Movie games = Crap and waste of time.

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

THQ have been doing crap games of this amazing series and I hate them for that becouse Avatar has so much potential. It pains me to see THQ ruining what could be a top tier game...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Ah since the dawn of gaming there have always been movie tie-ins, and since that first day they have all been grubbage. Why should this be any different?

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I'll go watch the movie, but I wont waste my time on this game. I was almost about to shy away from the movie when I heard the older brother (name escapes me) is played by the super pale, quiet, weird vampire in Twilight. Umm, WTH??

Erebus
Erebus

Yeah, uhm... the definition of "Airbender" has since changed its meaning.

gohoanq
gohoanq

xD I feel bad for the people that actually buy this game.. there IS a small.. tiny.. really...reaaally tiny chance that it will be good. but it's not likely. I'm happy with wasting my money on going to see the movie, but not gonna buy the game.

chansaet
chansaet

Avatar: Last Air bender could be a good videogame if they made it like JPRG.

Santesyu
Santesyu

avatar was a pretty cool show now finally a game...Rather bad or good I will play it, just like I played the first dbz game on the ps2 dragonball budokai doesn't matter if it sucks or not if you are a fan you will enjoy it regardless..

monson21502
monson21502

ied rather smell someone break wind then play this game. im sure it wouldnt be as bad as this stinker will be.

cloud_kai
cloud_kai

wow, the main cast looks so much alike the characters from the cartoon.... just like Dragonball Evolution, what a great cast! =D (sarcasm)

monson21502
monson21502

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rockwii13
rockwii13

Just came to this news forum to say, who cares?

solidsnakedude1
solidsnakedude1

A game adapted from a movie adapted from a show. Gee..... I wonder how this one will turn out.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@MachShot Give it up, its a movie an adaptation, a movie version of the stories. There are going to be liberties, sorry Machshot, but people in real life donot look like anime characters!

zintarr
zintarr

Movie games are crap.

gob__bluth
gob__bluth

@shocked686 - do you have a reference on this supposed legal battle? Sites I've looked at suggest that it was a proactive move made in 2008. I'm no lawyer, but I don't see how a pre-existing media property could've been forced to yield to a new one, and the decision was made to avoid confusion before Avatar broke all records (probably in part because a lot of people thought it would bomb).

Guzthon
Guzthon

What a about for the PS3, XBOX 360, PSP and PC? Or maybe they'll release after the Wii and NDS release? Only time will tell. "Anyway, the anime version is better than the movie (personally)".

MachShot
MachShot

@Keivz_basic How do explain Sokka and Katara being white but the tribes people in the background being casted are from Greenland (a nation mostly Inuit)? Don't believe me, check it up online or just watch the Super Bowl spot. In the cartoon, everyone in the water tribe looks the same. So explain the disparity. Oh yes, I forgot, only white people can lead the savages to greatness. Over a decade ago, Samuel Jackson said that American Hollywood was still hesistant to put a black man as the star. Today, Will Smith is the biggest box office draw. It's the same stuff all over but only for Asians.

shooters125
shooters125

If the game from the show isnt that good (the series is though) what makes you think a rushed game from the movie the game inspired makes you think that this will be good?

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@Keivz_basic Just to let you know Machshot will always miss the point unless it fits in his own little world. Your arguments make sense where as his, simply donot and are based on blind elitism and fanboyism!

Keivz_basic
Keivz_basic

@MachShot Sadly, you're missing the point. Like most anime, the creators didn't have the guts to make they're protagonists distinctly asian but instead had them look and sound closer to caucasian. The fault (if there is one) is with them, not with the movie creators who wanted the actors to reflect the physical characteristics of their animated counterparts.

CAPTAINPAINFUL
CAPTAINPAINFUL

Oh the burnt and jaded people of Gamespot! Not that it was mentioned in this article, but Halfbrick Studios are doing the DS version of this game... same guys who are doing Raskulls, Age of Zombies, Blast Off, Echoes and Rocket Racing... and also... wait for it... Avatar: Into the Inferno (DS)(which was very very cool and highly under rated). Halfbrick are pumping out great games at the moment and IMO, I would buy pretty much any game that they make. I will be checking this game out certainly on the DS anyways (no idea who is doing the Wii version)

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@ MachShot How Awesome its nice seeing you here my good old buddy? How are you? Treating people like dirt still because they have different opinions? I know your going to respond to me, probably take more personal potshots at me are you not? I love how you go around trying to make fools out of people, where as they last time you and I met you gave me a whole lecture about having a life, but yet your nerdraging on people over a cartoon aimed at Children. And by the way the point Keivz_basic was making was about character design in point, which you either did not comprehend, or you twisted in your own sad will like you do with anything else. The sad fact is Machshot is that your a very angry and bitter individual, and your very angry because a live action movie does not look like a cartoon you enjoy exactly. And I go after you because its...just plain fun, and I donot like how you act either. You treat everyone like dirt because the all mighty Machshot has something to say. I think not....come one Machshot? You going to attack my grammar? My Personal life? Come on, see if you can counter my arguments in a civilized way(Which by your standards is telling people to leave)

Linkari
Linkari

My biggest hope is that the achievements won't be a joke such as "the Burning Earth" game.

MachShot
MachShot

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Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Yea...As a fan of the animated series (which was great and had good fight sequences especially the last few episodes) i'm gonna say the live action movie will probably fail as will the game version of Said movie. And anyway...there have already been a few Avatar the last airbender games that have come out.

Killer2401
Killer2401

w00t! Game of the Year 2010 anybody?...anybody?

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Shocked686 How did the movie Avatar get the name exclusive when the TV show has been around for a couple years with the name? I just figured they didn't want people who didn't exactly know what it was to get confused with Jame's Cameron's work since most of the people that will watch will have no idea there's a TV series before it.

Keivz_basic
Keivz_basic

@MachShot No, what I'm saying is that the characters, while based on asian culture, look closer to white than asian. How many asians do you know with blue eyes? Heck, they're even voiced by caucasians. This is a common and unfortunate theme in anime that this show chose to mimic. When bringing the TV show to live action I can't blame the movie creators for choosing people with facial features and charateristics of their animated counterparts. (If anyone is wondering, no I'm not caucasian).

MachShot
MachShot

@Keivz_basic So what you are trying to say is, since cartoon characters are not specifically referred as "Asian", then by default they are white. Hmmm. Aang's name is Chinese. He wears a red/yellow Tibetan monk suit. Sokaa and Katara wear Inuit clothing. Prince Zuko has his pony tail hair like Manchu "queue" then later cuts it to show his disloyalty like samurais of the past. All of the writings in the show are not just made-up. They are actually real Chinese characters. Sound like white people to you? How much exactly do you know about Asian cultures aside from Judo chop and sesame chicken?