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Ed Boon Interview in GI

Ed Boon Interview in GI

by T.J. GoforthAugust 7, 2006

Recently, it seems like gaming companies have gotten the go ahead from Nintendo to start talking about their Wii titles, because we’re hearing about more and more of them every day. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon was announced for Wii just last week, and internet speculation is running wild about motion sensing fatalities and what not. We went straight to the source, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon, to set the record straight on what will and won’t be included in Armageddon on the Wii.
Game Informer: Let’s get this out of the way first thing – Will Mortal Kombat: Armageddon utilize the Wii remote for some kind of motion control or will it focus on the traditional controller?
Ed Boon: Without a doubt, I would love to use the Wii remote in MK: Armageddon. Obviously, a million ideas come to mind but I would much rather come up with a new fighting mechanic and/or perspective (that could take FULL advantage of that unique controller) rather than to shoe horn the controller into a fighting scheme that was originally made for the standard controller we’ve been using for so many years. Unfortunately, time is an issue and we don’t have time to redesign the fighting system from the ground up.
GI: Will the Wii version look any better than the current-gen versions?
Boon: I think if there are new tricks that the Wii hardware can do in displaying our characters and backgrounds, then we will certainly try to use them in making Armageddon look as good as it can. But to me the most important aspect of this version I want to concentrate on is the game play and what innovations we can add using the new controller.
GI: Any additional characters or features?
Boon: With over 60 characters, I don’t think there will be a feeling that we are lacking in that department. However, if we are going to be using the new controller then we definitely want to add a new feature to showcase it.
GI: Any plans to utilize Nintendo’s WiiConnect24 for downloadable content?
Boon: Probably not this time around, but it’s certainly a probability for any future MK games.
GI: Will you utilize the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection for online play?
Boon: I don’t know yet. We don’t have a lot of information about Nintendo’s online plans so its hard to give a very definitive answer as far as online is concerned.
GI: Does this open the door to a Virtual Console relationship for classic Mortal Kombat titles?Boon: If you mean, is there a chance that a classic MK title might appear on the Wii, that would be great. I would love to see that happen.

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T.J. Goforth
I'm 25 and own my own home. I have one step child and a wife. I work as a Team leader at a restuarant about 50 hrs. a week. Otherwise, I surf the web or play video games.

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