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“Overlord Wii Game Is For The Hardcore”

“Overlord Wii Game Is For The Hardcore”

by Bradley DeLorenzoFebruary 9, 2009


At New York Comic Con over the weekend at the Javits Center, Tracey John from MTV Multiplayer stopped by Codemasters’ booth to see the new “Overlord” title “Dark Legend” for the Wii. The game is the first of the franchise for the Wii and is made exclusively for the platform. Set as a prequel to 2007’s “Overlord”, players will take on the role of a 16 year-old Overlord and be able control his evil minions with the Wii-mote and nunchuk.

During the demo, brand manager Dan Robinson explained to Tracey John how the title came about, why he thinks it’s for the hardcore gamers and if he thinks it will sell well amongst the shovelware.

MTV Multiplayer: Why make “Overlord” for the Wii?

Brand manager Dan Robinson: This is our first time out on the Wii, and we realized quite early on if we just did a port of “Overlord” or “Overlord 2? onto the Wii, we’d get slighted. And it wouldn’t work because you have to make sure that the game works with the control system. You have to make sure that it hits all the buttons that Nintendo fanboys want. And if it doesn’t, then you’re kind of dead in the water before you’ve even started. So we made sure that the game itself worked with the nunchuk and the Wii remote. The nunchuk controls the Overlord and the Wii remote controls the minions.

Also, the minions are the sort of characters that work on the platform. You can do a lot with them, and they’re good fun. But the other thing was, a lot of Nintendo fans are after a game like this on Nintendo. I think they’ve seen enough big-headed sports games and mini game collections for the Wii. Nintendo fanboys tend to be quite loyal to Nintendo, so the people who are playing “Metroid Prime” and “Zelda” and “Mario,” they’re kind of after a game like this that does more for them than picking up a Wii and just doing that action [flicks hand side-to-side] all the time. I think those sort of guys are going to be fiending for this game when it comes out.

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