Resident Evil Zero infects Wii Dec. 1

Capcom's latest installment in Archives line reanimates GameCube prequel to the original survival horror hit.

This holiday, Capcom is hoping gamers will find time to check out something from the archives--specifically, the Resident Evil Archives. The publisher today announced that the latest installment in the line of Wii rereleases for the survival horror series, Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero, will launch in North America on December 1.

Billy and Rebecca, ready to kill some dudes who are already dead.

Originally released on the GameCube in 2002, Resident Evil Zero was the last major installment in the series to use the original control scheme before Resident Evil 4 gave the franchise an action-oriented overhaul. Set just prior to the events of the original Resident Evil, the game gives players a peek at the origins of the franchise's nefarious corporate ne'er-do-well Umbrella, as well as its research that produced the first zombie outbreaks. The game puts players in control of S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers and convict Billy Coen, swapping between the pair in mid-battle.

Like the Resident Evil Archives revamp of Resident Evil, the Wii remake of Resident Evil Zero will feature support for the Wii Remote control. Unlike other M-rated games, Capcom's zombie-slaughtering series has multiplied like a highly virulent weaponized plague on Nintendo's console. In addition to the Archives games, the Wii has played host to its own version of Resident Evil 4 and two original on-rails shooters in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and the upcoming Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles.

For more on Resident Evil Zero, check out GameSpot's review of the original GameCube release.

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mrdeath_pablito
mrdeath_pablito

isn't there any plans to bring RE2 and RE3 to the archives series?

phimseto
phimseto

I liked the game but it had a fatal flaw. For some inexplicable reason, they removed the "chest of storage" that allowed you to access your inventory at different areas of the game. This caused you to either leave behind valuable inventory that you had been storing or caused you to spend a lot of time moving back and forth between areas getting it all. In the end, my friend and I stopped playing because of it. Too bad, as the rest of the game was enjoyable.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I am so greatful for Tatsunoko vs Capcom and RE: Darkside Chronicles because otherwise Capcom would definitely not be providing for the Wii. People should be buying at least one of those games instead, not RE0.

Dualmask
Dualmask

@angelGP32 Graphically, Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl are above what the Gamecube is capable of, but more to the point, the controls are just as advanced technology as the power to display richer graphics. In the end, just because most developers don't use the Wii to its full potential doesn't mean the Wii doesn't HAVE that full potential.

angelGP32
angelGP32

@dualmask: "Oh, and the Wii is an improvement on the Gamecube's hardware. Fact." on paper, yes, but show me a game that couldn't be done on the Gamecube, TECHNICALLY, not because of controls. I have yet to see a game on the Wii that looks better than Resident Evil, that game was a masterpiece.

Gen007
Gen007

I would actually like to play RE0 but then again its probably alot cheaper for me to get the GC ver off ebay and have mostly the same exp.

Dualmask
Dualmask

@angelGP32 but it doesn't change the fact that we gamers don't have to buy it. I doubt very seriously it'll be full retail price. At best, $40, and I doubt that (if I recall, the remake of RE4 on Wii was only 29.99). This is when we the educated gaming public must go out and educate the masses. Am I supporting what Capcom is doing here? Not at all. But I don't blame Nintendo for it. Ports happen on all systems all the time. Some get charged fairly, others don't. It's not even worth getting angry about because, again, we can simply choose not to buy it. Who knows, those Wii controls might be worth it to someone. Oh, and the Wii is an improvement on the Gamecube's hardware. Fact.

angelGP32
angelGP32

@Dualmask: it's not that. The fact is the Wii is the lazy mans system, or lazy developer system. Let's take a game that the code is already 95% good for, and add in the Wii-mote, pack it for $40-$50. How is that fair to gamers? Especially when the game can already be played on the system?? No. I guess you can't blame Capcom though when you have a system that's the same as the previous, but look at the Resident Evil 1, on PS1, and look at the Gamecube version. THAT IS A PORT, or remake, or whatever you want to call it. Releasing the same game for basically the same system is not a port, it's re-release, which is BULLS**T when you damn well know it will be full price.

Maxout623
Maxout623

You know, some people are saying "This is great news for those who didn't own a gamecube." The truth of the matter is: If you own a wii, you own a gamecube, because a Wii can play Gamecube games. Now, if you wanted to use the Gameboy Player on the gamecube, that'd be different.

Dualmask
Dualmask

"...the best that Wii can do." Sigh. Third party port, not made by Nintendo, yet it still represents an opportunity to bash the Wii. While yes, it would have been interesting for a reimagining of this game and its two character system to make it more RE4/RE5-like, the creation of this game isn't hurting anyone. Capcom can obviously afford to do it and they believe they have a market for it (RE is pretty popular on Wii), and we gamers can simply choose not to buy it or stick to the perfectly functional Gamecube version.

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

Bored of these remakes. How about a new game instead?? Preferably with Jill Valentine as the main character :)

eden9914
eden9914

anyone who haven't played this and owns a wii and he is resident evil fan believe me it's a must play game... i played it on gamecube and it was something different from the other games because of the zapping character system...one thing is for sure...you'll spend 10 hours happy:P

monomaria1
monomaria1

yes my bro is gonna like this if it's released i hope it will be released i want to use billy not on umbrella chronicle

angelGP32
angelGP32

@da_chub: ports are dumb when the game can ALREADY BE PLAYED ON THE SYSTEM IT"S BEING PORTED TOO!!!! You can go into probably any Gamestop and buy this game already. I know the ones around me still sell Gamecube because of the Wii being BC. If I want a port, I want a port similar to Resident Evil on the Gamecube. Now that's a port, probably the best in gaming history. Not a game that #1. can already be played on the system, and #2. on a system that isn't even technologically superior to the original. And about GOD OF WAR, it's not bad because MOST PS3's are NOT BC, so you can't play those games on the vast majority of PS3's.

kvan33
kvan33

This is good news for RE fans that didn't have a Gamecube. But pretty pathetic overall that this is the best the Wii can do.

da_chub
da_chub

There is nothing wrong with this. Devs have been porting games since Atari/NES days. So anyone that thinks that saying ports are dumb, think about your arguement for a sec. As long as we continue to get new games, like RE-5, RE-DC....then why complain because they are putting a great game onto a different console with updated controls. Thats more effort alot of companies put into ports. O yea, lets see people complain about God of War 1/2 getting ported to PS3........

angelGP32
angelGP32

@Superzone: what is stopping you? You are actually going to wait until it's released and pay $40-$50 for it instead of buying a used copy of the Gamecube version for $5?? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

OH GREAT! There I go re-play the game just because Capcom is trying to squeeze more money out of a previous released game. I need a new Resident Evil game! Soon enough playing Resident Evil 4 on-rails. You know it will happen, sadly. Why should I pay for those who never played this game? It's their problem, not mine. Their Wii's play GC games, start digging!

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Personally, I love this game, and porting it to the Wii allows people who missed out on the GameCube version to... wait a minute, you can just play the GC version on the Wii. So why bother to even... never mind. Anyway, I, like many others (I assume), hope they continue by actually remaking the rest of the series for the Wii, and not just porting the GameCube ports. (ports of ports? Come on!)

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I hate the box cover of it, it wouldn't make me want to keep this game as a collection. Kind of like having that crapy Gamestop or GameCrazy generic box art.

14monkey
14monkey

looks pretty good but dose it uses the wii sensor why dose he voice sound different i pal re umbrella Chronicles

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Unless they change more than just the controls, I see this as nothing more than a cheap cash-in ... and a pretty poor one at that. I don't find anything appealing about raising and lowing my arms so my character can aim in any other direction than right in front of me. I also noticed that the article says December 1st, but if you look at the info box, it says "Release: Jan 22, 2010 >>"

Superzone
Superzone

This is actually good news for me, I never got to play RE0.

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

Eh, at least this isn't as disappointing as the RE2 remake. At least they're directly porting it instead of turning it into a mindless rail shooter. However, I think a port is a little more underhanded. I mean, I can see the appeal to a slightly broader crowd for the RE2 remake by choosing a casual genre to apply it to. Directly porting, in most cases, is simply milking something for all its worth.

BloodMist
BloodMist

This is one of those games i never got around to playing, but always wanted to.I might check this version out if the control scheme seems to be solid.Oh and it's no more than 20 bucks.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Let's hope this version is actually fun.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Not going to sell. Look at Dead Space. I know Resident Evil is popular but geez they seem to pump one out every six months on Nintendo's console.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

what a suprise, another port, nintendo and capcom keeping sinker lower and lower. Maybe to some degree you might profit now, but eventually these knocks to your rep will come back at you.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Here's a suggestion Capcom, how about a NEW Resident Evil game. Not an old game with "new" controls, not a rail shooter under a new name that has you retread old games, a brand spanking new game would greatly appreciated.

darkchrisify
darkchrisify

i know these games are popular but why do they keep making remakes

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

As main Resident Evil games go this is the weakest of the bunch. It doesn't even tie in properly with RE1. Sure, it's just my opinion but after having played through ALL of them a ridiculous amount of times, I would call it an informed opinion.

dramadude186
dramadude186

While I'm not a fan of Resident Evil, I think if I was I would be upset. I know I personally would rather a developer put the money and resources spent on all these rereleases and side stories into making a proper sequel (I'm looking at you, SquareEnix and Kingdom Hearts).

SeanChan10
SeanChan10

about time this came out in japan like 2 years ago

I_am_In_Flames
I_am_In_Flames

This is okay for someone like me, since I never played RE0. However, I would rather have a RE2 or RE3 remake with half decent controls instead. But knowing Capcom they will probably re-release the Gamecube versions which are ports.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

The only way they would convince me to pick up this copy is if they added co-op. Simply updating to the Wii controls doesn't convince me to buy it again. Actually, it makes me want it less. I don't care much for Wii motion controls.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

Another Wiimake with tacked-on controls? This trend is getting old now.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

im getting this lol this bogt and some other games

shii666
shii666

For this game, I am sure they could add two player Co-oP...

Yama
Yama

To santinegrete, it will not be coming state side. Nintendo of America's decision, a bad one at that. There is a translation patch coming however that requires the original Japanese game to be played.

spyroiskool
spyroiskool

Mabye if this sells well they will go back to the static camera. Please go back, you guys have lost focus

santinegrete
santinegrete

That's good and all ... for anyone who didn't play it for GC. Now that you are on it, WHERE'S FATAL FRAME IV localized USA version?

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

wow i havent played this in years! i still have it on my gamecube!

ioannisdenton
ioannisdenton

go capcom go! please release that for ps3!!!!!

mute4
mute4

Nice! Now I can finally get to play this game!

MarcusAntonius
MarcusAntonius

I hate to be cynical, but mediocre gameplay with improved controls, is still mediocre gameplay.

CyleM
CyleM

Capcom sure does love money cause all they really do is rerelease the same games over and over again...

thetravman
thetravman

Still have the GC version, still a great game. I hope Billy makes a return at least one of the upcoming games. The RE series seems to never end (I don't think RE5 is the last. The ending is too corny to be the last).

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Please enjoy yet another rehashed RE game.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. A new, non-rails Resident Evil Wii installment would be most welcomed.

Ronin893
Ronin893

Meh! I'll try find time to play the original which I would have finished if it weren't for the GC crappy memory cards.