Sid Meier's Pirates! Wii-bound, says ESRB

Ratings board slaps E10+ rating on an apparent port of the 2004 reboot of classic free-roaming buccaneer sim.

In 2008, gamers looking forward to the Wii version of Civilization Revolution were hit with disappointment when the project was put on indefinite hold. Now, it appears fans of Civilization creator Sid Meier may be getting a consolation prize. The Entertainment Software Rating Board has issued an E10+ rating for everyone 10 and over for Sid Meier's Pirates! for the Wii.

"Ahoy, Nintendans! We're here for your booty!"

The ESRB's description makes it all but certain the game is a port of the 2004 game of the same name--itself a reboot of the 1987 classic game called…Sid Meier's Pirates!

"In this adventure game, players build a fleet of ships, explore the high seas, and engage in sword battles on their way to finding a seafarer's abducted family," reads the description. "Players can shoot cannons at ships and fortresses, and engage in one-on-one sword fighting on the ships."

Though Sid Meier's Pirates! is more of a strategy/adventure hybrid, the ESRB description exactly describes the gameplay and plot of the 2004 remake. That game found commercial success on the PC, Xbox, Mac, and PSP, earning high marks from critics on all platforms.

Whether the Wii Remote will be used in the described swordfights--or Pirates' dancing minigames--has yet to be announced. As of press time, reps for publisher 2K Games, which owns Sid Meier's studio Firaxis Games, had not responded to requests for comment.

To learn more about Sid Meier, creator of Pirates! and the upcoming Civilization V, check out his keynote address from the 2010 Game Developer's Conference.

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32 comments
CreepingDeath73
CreepingDeath73

First played the game on my neighbors xbox, than bought it when i had my original psp.. should have never sold it.. Awesome game! Glad it is being brought to yet another system..

e1shw
e1shw

I am looking forward to this for sure! :D I loved playing this on my PC. I agree, I hope they at least use the WiiMote (and hopefully Motion+) for the sword play. :?

h4xx0rz
h4xx0rz

I've wasted days playing this on PC, it's as addictive as any other Sid Meier game. Hopefully it will include Wii Motion Plus swordfighting, otherwise I'm not sure if there's much of a reason just to pick up a remake.

badtaker
badtaker

why don't they make pirates 2

spike6958
spike6958

Nice, I still play the Xbox version, but I may pick this up if there are some nice Wii exclusive updates, and a don't mean control wise, just a few small additions to make it worth buying again. Also why no sequal to this yet, it NEEDS one.

KingBobCat
KingBobCat

Hillsy ... The reason I said the Xbox version was better is because the "Quest Map" was enabled (as it is in the PSP version). As I recall, and it's been a bit since I've played it, the PC version didn't contain that feature.

malverick
malverick

I've got this game on the XBOX, and got a bit bored with it. I actually wanted Civilization...and am still waiting...

wyan_
wyan_

Pirates? I thought Nintendo beat them in court. Now there's a games about them?

Malhound
Malhound

PC,XBOX,PSP, then Nintendo.

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

I absolutely love Sid Meier's Pirates games, from the C64 version right up to the PSP. If they add new content to this version I'll deffinately get it.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

@KingBobCat Having played both the PC remake & Xbox version. The PC version was far superior. Do you remember the gadgets you could use on Pirates? Well...they actually worked and were implemented correctly in the PC version. The Xbox version didn't use them! Anyway... It will be interesting to see how this turns out. Pirates is a good game. Fond memories of the older PC & Amiga versions.

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

@rockdawg I too still play my PC version from time to time. I was surprised at how much I loved that game. The PC version has been the best version released so far. There were subtle changes made to each port, 360 and PSP. If any of you haven't played it yet, you can still find it on store shelves and online. I have seen it on NewEgg and Amazon recently, as well as in Fry's. GREAT game.

rockdawg
rockdawg

I still pull this out and play it on my PC from time-to-time. The Wii sounds like a perfect fit. If there is any Wii-specific content, I may pick it up.

Trindris
Trindris

@freema Don't pretend like you know the details of this release, there aren't any, it could be considered full fledged sequel for all we know. Also calling the first one graphics heavy for the wii is a joke. It was on the xbox, I'd be extremely disappointed if they didn't update the graphics since then, the Wii can definitely handle it.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@freema One thing you probably don't know is that these ports are an easier chance for those who haven't played the game on PC or XBOX. Superior version or not, they can still satisfy the consumer if done right. Sure they could find a PC or XBOX version, but they would be hard to find, considering it's a last gen game. I know the PC version is probably on Steam as well, but that's another thing, there are people who don't have services like that. So this port could actually be a good idea. Again, just because a game is graphically intensive (unless if the graphics are REALLY REALLY high), doesn't mean you can't put it on a lower graphical system, and it's not just with CoD4. Monster Hunter Tri (a game that was supposed to be on the PS3) is on the Wii, and it works.

XenoLair
XenoLair

Thats cool :) Whats wrong with ports and remakes? At least you know what you're getting - with new games they always tend to **** something up.

Cruse34
Cruse34

thats great never got to play it before and love Sid Meiers games can't wait

KingBobCat
KingBobCat

I agree. The Xbox Version was better than the PC version. Let's hope they DO add some different/additional content to the Wii version that would make it worth buying if you already own one of the other versions.

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

Well this isn't helping the stigma of the Wii being a system full of remakes and ports.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

This was a underrated game, I still enjoy it on Xbox and P.C. It's a lot of fun, can get a bit repetitive but overall is very enjoyable.

diesil
diesil

this needs to end

freema
freema

Suuure, nintendoboy16, but who plays COD 4 on... the Wii? I personally go with the best version of all multiplatform games. So getting a bargain bin copy of this game for the PC/Mac would probably still be the best choice for those who never tried it. Even ancient computers, by todays standards, can run Sid's Pirates flawlessly. While paying $60+ for the "brand-new" console port seems rather... not smart. Just saying.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@freema That didn't seem to stop Call of Duty 4 from being on the Wii.

freema
freema

Isn't it a bit gfx-heavy for the Wii? Like trying to stick Civ IV onto a psp.

Trindris
Trindris

This was a great game, I'm surprised to see it surface again.

55592
55592

Its a shame this game never got any post-release support. There's plenty of room for add ons. Also, I'm still surprised that the Xbox version was better than the PC version.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Good news, hopefully wii users at least get to see an unmodified and tarnished version of what was and is a spectacular game!

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

I am intrigued, but that's about as far as I go. Better be some WM+ in that one-on-one swordfighting.