Yuke's stepping into downloadable-game ring

WWE vs. SmackDown creator's US arm creates new Akinai subsidiary to focus on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and WiiWare; High Voltage's Evasive Space due in January.

Japanese game maker Yuke's is best known for its often-contentious work with THQ on the WWE vs. SmackDown wrestling franchise. However, in 2006, the developer established a US subsidiary--inventively named Yuke's Company of America--which to date has focused on such beyond-the-mat fare as Neves for the Nintendo DS, D1 Grand Prix for the PlayStation 2, and Double D Dodgeball for Xbox Live.

Evasive Space's title says it all.

Today, Yuke's Company of America announced a subsidiary of its own, Akinai Games. Recognizing the growing prevalence of digital distribution, Akinai Games will focus primarily on creating downloadable games for Microsoft's Xbox Live, Sony's PlayStation Network, and Nintendo's WiiWare online storefronts. Yuke's also noted that it is considering extending its subsidiary's reach to the PC and mobile platforms.

"We're seeing a dramatic shift in the marketplace as online platforms emerge as a source for high-quality game content, instantly available to the consumers via direct download," Yuke's Company of America CEO Shane Takahashi said in a statement. "Yuke's is establishing Akinai Games to recognize the importance of online distribution platforms, and to focus on their growing significance to gamers."

The first game to fall under the Akinai Games label will be Evasive Space, a top-down action game developed by The Conduit creators High Voltage Software. The downloadable game is expected to arrive on Nintendo's WiiWare channel later this month.

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12 comments
mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

gatcloud.... no one says that the xbox isnt a bad system. yes, it has its flubs, just like every system(the ps3's rumble-less controller at launch, the wii's wristbands makin the controllers weapons(HA!!!)) but its people like you which make comments a horrible thing. xbla is the juggernaut for arcade games and add ons, no one will deny that, but alot of other systems do want downloadable games to be released first on their systems before it winds up being on xbox live. so i give yukes props for this. eventually everyone will play it. in my eyes, all downloadable games should be on all systems. it sucks sometimes knowing my friends who own ps3s and wiis cant have fun playing the original tmnt arcade and stuff, but thats how the cookie crumbles. dont get angry, its just how the cookie crumbles

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

power move is tukon retousouden or whatever.... which smackdown is run on... well the engine. i remember it, my friend had power move... but he let one of his pothead friends borrow it and he eventually used it as a plate to chop up cocaine.... sad what drugs can do.... destroyed a classic

robx360
robx360

It would be great to see Powermove Pro Wrestling on Xbox Live. It was on the original playstation. Compared to todays wwe games it is really dated. However I would still put it over the horrible tna game.

GatCloudX
GatCloudX

yes it covers all three platforms not the usual xbox360 arcade which is really annoying since some people prefer other consoles that seem to be put together alot more decently and we play games alot too

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

That's peachy and all, but where's my DLC for WWE Smackdown 2009?

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Title totaly blows!!!! This made me thing they where doing a downloadable wrestling game.

nini200
nini200

@Pimplando5484 I agree with that. Evil Dead was awesome. I was a Midori fan. "Here comes, the bigger one" and a Danzaibar Fan "DANZAIBAR!!!!!". Only place I differ is that I'd want them to bring it out on the Wii.

zyxomma100
zyxomma100

The only game of theirs that I've played is Double D Dodgeball, and only because I won the d/l code in a contest. It was a horrible game, and only about 800 people have played it according to MGC.

Pimplando5484
Pimplando5484

Bring Back Eretzvaju!!!/Evil Zone!!! Either as a sequel, or an HD Remake, or at least as a download on the Playstation Store... That game was great.