As of 5 a.m. PST today, millions of families in the Americas now have LostWinds™ available in their living rooms - an enchanting adventure bursting with new gameplay ideas that embrace the innovative controller of the WiiTM.
That's when Nintendo of America launched WiiWareTM, a brand new way of delivering games over the Internet straight to your Wii console, with LostWinds as a launch title.
LostWinds puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand – from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze – as you wield your Wii Remote™ to guide and protect Toku, a young boy who is the only one who can help you in your quest to release a curse placed on the stunningly presented, magical land of Mistralis. You'll power Toku's jumps and glides through different regions, suspend and smash enemies, meet friends and solve puzzles to progress through the game's environments, which have been designed to encourage and reward exploration using LostWinds' novel, intuitive and playful control system.
"LostWinds has a great new control mechanic that makes the game feel really fresh – I think the quality of the game and the fact it's a WiiWare launch title are things we can be really proud of " said David Braben, Frontier's Chairman and founder.
LostWinds can be downloaded for 1000 Wii PointsTM, is rated E for Everyone [mild fantasy violence] by the ESRB, and has been created especially for Wii by Frontier, who are the developers behind RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3, which was a USA #1 game and is part of the second biggest selling PC game franchise of all time, and ThrillvilleTM, which was the USA's #1 original kids game in 2006.
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Frontier, headed by founder David Braben, co-author of the seminal "Elite", employs over 160 people, is based in Cambridge, UK, and has an outstanding track record of gameplay innovation, critical acclaim and commercial success.
It received three BAFTA nominations and several awards for its console games "Dog's Life" and "Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo", and scored a Christmas 2004 No.1 position in the USA with its "RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3" PC game, which has also been the recipient of various awards and a prestigious Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences nomination. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Soaked!", the first expansion pack for RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3, was released in June 2005 and went on to win 'Expansion Pack of the Year' award from PC Gamer magazine in the US, with a second expansion pack "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild!" released in November 2005. Frontier's game of the Oscar® winning "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-rabbit" movie was published by Konami in September 2005.
"Thrillville" was released by LucasArts on Xbox, PlayStation® 2, and PSP and became the best selling original kid's title in North America in 2006. 2007's sequel "Thrillville: Off the Rails" for Xbox 360, Windows PC, PlayStation® 2, Wii, and PSP has been publicly reported as being the 35th best selling game in North America and the EU of the 12 month period ending March 2008. Frontier has announced "LostWinds" for WiiWare, and is working on its original IP title "The Outsider" on PlayStation® 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, plus other as-yet-unannounced major projects. All trademarks are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners.