Ubisoft lands Protothea on WiiWare

Publisher bringing Sabarasa and Digital Builders' 3D shoot-'em-up to Nintendo's downloadable service during May launch window.

Nintendo's venture into original downloadable games is expected to launch May 12. Thus far support for WiiWare has by and large come from smaller development outfits, save for the publisher's own offerings, and those from Square Enix, Namco Bandai, and Hudson. Today, however, one of the majors not based in Japan said it would be lending a title to the service, as Ubisoft announced Protothea would hit WiiWare around the service's launch in May.

Protothea in action.

A top-down 3D vertical shooter, Protothea drops players in the role of a pilot who must save Earth by destroying a civilization-leveling asteroid known as Maqno 01, and in the process undermine a devious political faction called The Core. Players will guide their ship using the motion-sensing Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

Looking to put a new face on the shoot-'em-up genre, Ubisoft promises dynamic AI that alters its method of attack depending on the player's actions. Protothea also features a variety of weapons, including eight air-to-air weapons and two air-to-surface explosives. The game will also apparently take some cues from Ubisoft's Prince of Persia series, as a power-up will allow players to manipulate space-time.

Rated E for Everyone, Protothea was developed by Sabarasa and Digital Builders and was named an Independent Games Festival finalist when it first appeared as a PC title in 2005. Ubisoft has not yet revealed pricing information for the downloadable title.

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Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

What Wii really needs is to update the firmware to be able to read from the SD cards or other media you store it on. That is the core of the space issues people talk about. I'm only assuming this is plausible, but there is talk of Nintendo working on some sort of Flash based solution. An add on that uses the rear USBs perhaps?

mariomusicmaker
mariomusicmaker

I would love to get it but my 70 odd vc games are a real pain to keep deleteing and downloading... We WANT A HD!

Grizdor
Grizdor

Current WiiWare games run from 500 to 1500 Wii Points (100 points = 1 USD). Some games charge points for additional content, however.

HyruleKing83
HyruleKing83

i have a question...how much will wiiware games and the such cost?? like 10$ hopefully they'll have some DLC for upcoming games like rockband and wii fit

drewciferpike
drewciferpike

Ooh... let's hope this is one of the pebbles before an avalanche; if more third-party devs start producing WiiWare titles, they might take the extra leap and release full games on disk. ...Unless some type of GOOD expanded storage solution is released soon, and the Wii can take advantage of full DLC and on-line-only games that may truly rival disk-based offerings... I can only dream. -EDIT- I mean, c'mon... who wouldn't download Metroid Prime IV for $30 instead of getting a disk for $50...? Pass the savings to gamers and STILL make money... it's a win:win.

Nomad0404
Nomad0404

kavadias1981 - Your comment made me genuinely chuckle in real life. So far I've heard about 4 wiiware games and I want to get them all so staying in will be the new going out for me for a while. Phil

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

I don't have a connection for my Wii. Thus far, I've be able to soldier on without Virtual Console. While visions of classic games have danced in my head, and I would buy some if I had access, but I wasn't losing any sleep over it. Like most of the channels, Wii's online still felt like nice bonus features, not a slice of the core experience. Lacking WiiWare, on the other hand, is going to genuinely be painful.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Stupid WiiWare. It looks like its going to have such an amazing bunch of games that I'm going to end up without any money!

UltimateXShadow
UltimateXShadow

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DS_Lightning21
DS_Lightning21

WiiWare is one of those things that I've ignored for a while (thanks to Brawl and Mario Kart Wii). But now that it's closer to being released, I'm pretty excited and curious to know what we'll get. I've heard a lot of good things so far.

jwallace
jwallace

It looks very interesting. Having this available will help soften the fact that the other serious shoot-em-up (Star Soldier R by Hudson) is also awesome but only two levels long. What I mean is that it's nice to see a full Xbox Live-like shooter game for WiiWare rather than just a "sample". Number of Protothea downloads equals n+1.

TwilightSoilder
TwilightSoilder

Looks cool. :D I'll have to keep my eyes on this one.

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

wii ware is getting better and better =D

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Sweet. I love these kind of games. I hope it's good.

EPaul
EPaul

Nice to see original downloadable games for wii instead of ports of classics 64 games

tennis12master
tennis12master

Cool. Can't wait for WiiWare, I may just pick this up. But first I'll get Dr.Mario or Lostwinds.

lilkray2thebone
lilkray2thebone

i'll be getting this.. miss those shootem up boom games...

packster
packster

wiiware is looking alot better than XBOX Live arcade

Scorpion13497
Scorpion13497

Doesn't sound bad, might give it a look if the AI actually works like it's supposed to :)

frankeyser
frankeyser

may be worth taking a look at. i do love shoot'emups!