Resident Evil Archives Hands On

The title that launched a thousand zombie games is heading to the Wii with all-new controls.

It's sometimes hard to believe that the game that kicked off the whole franchise is 13 years old and yet Resident Evil is still finding new consoles to call a home, including yet another Nintendo platform. The Wii has already welcomed several Resident Evil titles to its stable, including the definitive version of Resident Evil 4 in addition to the decent Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and the upcoming Darkside Chronicles on-rails shooter.

Resident Evil is as scary as ever.

In 2002 Capcom released a Resident Evil remake for the Nintendo GameCube, complete with a huge graphics overhaul, new controls, and new content in the way of added rooms, areas, items, defensive weapons, and creatures that weren't in the original. It's this version that will be ported to the Wii later in June, and it will be on a disc rather than available through the console's Virtual Console digital distribution channel. Given that the GameCube version was received as a brilliant re-creation of the original, fans of the series and those who never played the original may find that the Wii edition is the perfect excuse to give it a go.

In case you're unfamiliar with the original storyline, Resident Evil puts you in the shoes of two of the franchise's best-known characters, STARS (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) agents Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine (both recently seen in Resident Evil 5). The game's story takes place shortly after the first T-Virus outbreak in Raccoon City in 1998 at a presumably abandoned mansion outside the city. Playing as either Chris or Jill, you'll uncover the plot that the nefarious Umbrella Corporation has set in motion.

The game was originally planned only as a Japanese release, but Capcom is bringing its Wii port of Resident Evil to Western markets, complete with Wii-specific controls. The setup allows you to use a Wii Remote and Nunchuk or a Wii Remote by itself, and there's added support for the GameCube and Classic controllers. For better or worse, the remake has remained faithful to the original, and movement is mapped to forward/backward and turning, rather than simply moving in whichever direction you point in. You have to turn using the left or right buttons on the D pad and then walk forward or backward along your current axis using up or down, which definitely now feels clunky and counterintuitive. If you use the remote and nunchuk together, the A button is used to attack or examine, B readies your weapon, and C adjusts your weapon sight or uses your defensive weapon--an addition for the GameCube remake. Jill gets a taser while Chris has grenades he can stuff into a zombie's mouth and shoot. Additionally, hitting down on the analog stick with Z executes a quick 180-degree turn, which is handy when you're snuck up on.

Welcome to the freak show!

The graphics in Resident Evil Archive remain largely unchanged, and the dark, eerie mansion has as much atmosphere as it always did. Detailed paintings, chandeliers, busts, and statues stand out against the dank old household and the miserable weather outside. Character models and animations look solid, and there are some cool effects in there despite this being a game that's seven years old. The underworldly setting is accented by the moody background music, and those familiar with the series will be familiar with the solid voice acting. Resident Evil Archives is set for a June release in Europe and the US.

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52 comments
leesash
leesash

It is a must have game so cool I am going to buy this right now , like this second , like my finger is on the button sweet .

Latino1982
Latino1982

Is this resident evil 1? is it 1, 2 and 3?

tomarlyn
tomarlyn

I don't get people's beef with the ''tank controls''. The controls are pretty much identical to those in RE4 (except for aiming), only real difference is camera angle.

Indiscrimi
Indiscrimi

@SlayerOfEvil. No, I don't walk sideways a lot, it's true, but when I walk into a room full of enemies chucking stuff at me, it would be nice to be able to have them in my sights as quickly as possible. Anyone who has played an older Resident Evil game knows how agonizing it is to go around a corner and not be able to attack whatever is there until you've painstakingly turned your character's body 90 degrees. In those cases, having the ability to strafe would make things much more fun...and realistic.

SlayerOfEvil
SlayerOfEvil

@indiscrimi Dude.. how many ppl really walk sideways.. Do you go along "strafing" whereever you go? lol.. This game's fun to play, & more realistic than inhumanly being able to suddenly run around in every direction. XD @hi-buzz Yeah, I think so too. I was so looking forward to the gamecube RE 1 remake coming out.. and it was scary as hell (more than the latest ones). Really nice graphics & effects. Dark hallways and zombies around the corner, never know when. + when they all of a sudden jumped up back to life as running zombies with Claws if you didn't burn their corpse.. I wasn't expecting that.. lol. Hella scary.. & that 1 girl that turned into that freakish creature that made those whailing sounds.. yikes!

CrystalEdgen
CrystalEdgen

I wish they have a flexible control system (being able to chose between classic control and the RE Tank Retard control)

masterds64
masterds64

@Indescrimi This game uses very old gameplay mechanics-and because of how the fans are they kept the original control sceme. The only resident evil I can think of that changes the controls a tad is code veronica-and that still has hints of it laying about. Not only that-but this game relies on those clunky controls to make it scarier-you would be forced to run away from a zombie that's too close-just because you stood there too long. Trust me-it's essential to the game-play-I was once a skeptic of this game until I got the gamecube version-now I can't go wrong :)

Indiscrimi
Indiscrimi

When I told a friend of mine that I didn't like the RE controls, he said, "it's realistic. You have to aim your gun before you shoot it." I replied, "yeah, but in real life you can walk sideways." I stand by that assessment. A game with frustrating controls on a console that is renowned for having an unreliable controller will be unbearable, despite cool graphics and soundtrack.

hi-buzz
hi-buzz

this game( the gamecube remake of the original RE) was freakin' AWESOME with its creepy soundtrack, haunting atmosphere, and addictive gameplay. it was also much more SCARIER than the recent installments which was more action-oriented but still great fun. I m gettin' this ...

fighterguard
fighterguard

It's pretty obvious why are we seeing so many GC ports to the Wii: The GC had poor reception, in stark contrast with the worldwide success of the Wii. Publishers are just trying to recoup those excellent games that nobody played, and put them on a new stage where everyone will see them. Of course, they add motion controls to justify the transition (since the Wii can run GC games natively). But it's not bad at all to me. the Metroid Primes, Resident Evil 1 & 4, both Pikmins, were all excellent games that a lot of people never got to play (not even me!!!). So this Wii reprisal of good GC games is definitely a great idea.

12qazx
12qazx

I would like to get this but will it be in widescreen or the 4:3 ratio?

raw153
raw153

Sweet, I was kind of worried this was going to be a rail-shooter like UC and DC. Now I can finally play the original game in one of my favorite franchises.

kevinruitenberg
kevinruitenberg

i would buy this but the controls are original and they were terrbile

Cainsworld
Cainsworld

I would've been down for getting this if it was reworked to play like RE4 and RE5. I bought the remake on Gamecube shortly after it came out and I came to the realization that I can't stand the controls on the original Resident Evil games anymore. That control setup (no matter how much you work on it) is just too outdated and clunky. I think that a lot of the fear generated in the first RE games comes from knowing that when you have to get away from something, you are going to have to run via the control system of a retarded robot. 4 managed to be creepy and fun, 5 wasn't very creepy, but was way fun, and both of those had great control setups (especially 4 on the Wii).

oneEnigma
oneEnigma

IS the Wii version of Resident Evil Zero coming to Europe/US, any1 know? I would really like Code Veronica X aswell as i havent played these 2 plus the Remake

leandrobraga
leandrobraga

the wii version, will have a widescreen support?

Newsted_22
Newsted_22

hope this widescreen version will not be as pixelated as the wii version of RE4 which is totally aweful on an LCD. Even Zelda is wayyyy better graphic wise and it's also a gamecube port.

VivaRevolucion
VivaRevolucion

Might have to pick it up, seemed to has misplaced my GC version. My favorite RE game, even over the original. I thought this was one of those very rare times when a remake out does its original. This is the real Resident Evil right here.

JERMINITIS
JERMINITIS

Another game i'll be buying in June

kirby2198
kirby2198

I'll probably get this, why not? it looks good. I don't have a GC memory card and I never played this game. So might as well ^^. 30 bucks wont kill anyone. CAPCOM has gone a little cucu for Remakes RE1... RE0 (well more like Re-release) ... RE5 should also go to the wii, but have you ever seen those types of graphics on the wii? either way the game is still good no matter what consol its on :3 (I'm more of 1st person shooter...) and its "Rescue Squad" not "Rescue Service" (I felt the need to point that out) ^^;

squall_83
squall_83

I agree with blutiger_engel. Screw Resident Evil... Soul Reaver Remake ftw!!!

blutiger_engel
blutiger_engel

I think they (not Capcom obviously, either Naughty Dog because they employ Amy Hennig now, or Crystal Dynamics), should make Soul Reaver Remake, but with primary ending realised (Kain is killed and Vampire race exterminated by Raziel). That would be the only game I would really like to see remade, and with obvious new content and a difinitive alternate ending.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

ok Wow, talk about cashwhoring

glitterscarlet
glitterscarlet

looks cool, at least its not in first person shooter! and also, i think this will be a one where you can do puzzles, therefore, making the game last longer. And i agree, with making RE5 for the wii. But they always want to make sure that they will get enough sales.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Erm... the Wii is backwards compatable with GC games anyway. If you haven't played the GC version then pay a few quid for it on Ebay instead of forking out for this version? This is just Capcom trying to make a cash in releasing the same old game over and over and over and over... again. As usual.

solidine
solidine

Wii controls aren't fun enough to warrent buying a pretty old game that I still have on GC. It was a great game though, and one of the best remakes I've ever played. I still wish they'd stop porting these and just remake RE2. Darkside Chronicals might be worth a rental, but it's not going to be amazing.

Tri-Enforcer
Tri-Enforcer

Booooooooo! Give me a full new REgame for the Wii that isn't a remake or on-rails!

star77241
star77241

How about bringing RE5 to Wii? And making RE6 for the Wii as well? Um... Duh. If I want this I'll just get a copy of the GC version for around $5.

Rob_101
Rob_101

Will it support 480p?

qubeley
qubeley

I already own RE:Remake and RE:Zero on the Cube. So really can't think of a reason to buy these two on Wii, especially apart from the Wii specific control, there is no new content or further graphics update. I couldn't even bring myself to buy RE4 on the Wii because I've already played it on the Cube to bits. Having said that I did enjoy Umbrella Chronicles a lot, which is to my surprise. In fact, I would rather they remake RE2, RE3 or Code Veronica X like they did with RE: Remake.

Slagar
Slagar

I wouldn't mind getting a rerelease of RE1 or RE2 on the 360 or PS3. I enjoyed the new viewing angle in RE4, but now the RE series just seem to be too much like every other action game out there. I really miss the old viewing angle - the new games just aren't scary. While I like the Wii for a handful of titles, I won't be buying these - the graphics and atmosphere can't really compare to the power of the 360/PS3 when it comes to a good scare.

Tikicobra
Tikicobra

Just to whoever gave my previous comment a thumbs down, what I meant by "I'm glad I never played this game" is that it will be new for me now.

dortega120
dortega120

Eh, i think ill rather wait till darkside chronicles, and not play somethin that I already have on the GameCube.

snake3rules
snake3rules

this is so dumb... how about you make a new game instead of remaking this game AGAIN ... talk about beating a dead horse ... or rather milking a dead cow.... also, everyone should skip to the first post, and read that, its the perfect summation.

iloveShooters
iloveShooters

They should just make one game that has everything that has every game combined into an on rails shooter. It will cost over $500 just to get all the resident evil games

Tikicobra
Tikicobra

So it's a port with no new features? ... I'm glad I never played this game.

gordos24
gordos24

well the remake is awesome.but not again capcom give the wii owners a new adventure.

Jordan Bisasky
Jordan Bisasky

An article posted a little later said they should it should be retailing for $30

djshyguy86
djshyguy86

I wonder what it will be priced. I dont see them selling this for anything under $40. I think this is great. I love this game on the GC but, is it really worth the money just for a new control set up?

dominic23a
dominic23a

I know many people might scoff at this but capcom should make a Resident Evil for psp

MAILER_DAEMON
MAILER_DAEMON moderator

Only way I could see myself picking this up is if they add 480p and widescreen to it.

InfectX
InfectX

The REmake for GameCube is the single greatest videogame ever created...possibly excepting Zelda:OoT. The controls are absolutely perfect and could not possibly be improved in any way. I'm just wondering if it's worth buying it again just for widescreen and 480p...also it's on only one disk, which is good.

RockmanX207
RockmanX207

I got the GC version and it is perfect classic Resident Evil. They really outdone themselves with the remake and I will buy this game again for the Wii.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I never played the GC remake, so I'll probably rent this, but I'm not liking the sound of the outdated control setup. I really hope Capcom takes that into consideration and allows for multiple setups, much like in Silent Hill 3.

corwinn01
corwinn01

Are there really 1000 zombies games ? lol

burns112233
burns112233

I haven't bought the Gamecube version and I can't find it in any stores now, so Resident Evil getting re-released for the Wii is a good thing well for me