Sid Meier's Pirates! charts Wii course in fall

2K Games confirms Firaxis' classic action strategy title will set sail on Nintendo's console later this year.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board flew the flag for Sid Meier's Pirates! on the Wii a couple of weeks ago, and it now comes as no surprise that 2K Games has made it official. The publisher announced today that it will bring Firaxis' classic action strategy game to the Wii this fall.

Pirates never go out of fashion.

Pirates! on the Wii is in development at 2K China, and just as in Firaxis' original, it sees gamers taking the helm of a 17th-century vessel to conquer the Caribbean. Gamers can take the wheel of 27 customizable ships as part of their mission to rid the Spanish main of the nefarious Marquis de la Montalban. All the while, gamers will collect treasure, explore the open seas, and engage in wanton acts of piracy.

In addition to battling pirates and colonial powers using the Wii Remote, the game incorporates a variety of minigames, ranging from swashbuckling sword fights to wooing the governor's daughter through dance. 2K China has included two Wii-specific minigames--bombardment and lock picking--as well as other exclusive character and ship-customization options.

For an idea of what to expect from Sid Meier's Pirates!, check out GameSpot's review of the Xbox edition from 2005.

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12 comments
Signal2Noise
Signal2Noise

I dunno....Pirates, while a great game on PC & PSP, will not be the same with toons that look like bobbleheads with detached arms and legs. Y'know, Wii style. Of course I am just assuming this. ;-)

CapedCod
CapedCod

This will work so long as they don't drop the ball on the exclusive minigames. If those suck, then it won't be worth buying this version.

monson21502
monson21502

only pirate game that will get bought on a wii system is peter pan..

wahyudil
wahyudil

I want wii JRPG ... pleaseeeeee

Lothos_Delion
Lothos_Delion

Wish they would make an updated version for the pc and other systems.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

I hope it's good, but the 'swashbuckling sword fights' better have some damn WiiMotion+ in there. That's all that matters if they want me to fork over the cash.

da_chub
da_chub

doenst sound like it is going to be anything but a port with motion controls. but ive never played it, and civilation is a good series.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Better be good. Sid Meier's Pirates! Was and still is one of my favorite PC games ever.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

i seriously hope this isn't just basically a port with motion controls and slighlty updated graphics. it needs new content for all of us players who already played it before