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LostWinds (WiiWare)

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LostWinds is a fresh, enchanting adventure that lets you wield the awesome powers of Enril the wind spirit - from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze – to guide and protect Toku, a young boy who is the only one who can help you release the curse placed upon the world of Mistralis and its people by evil Balasar.

Mistralis is a stunningly presented, magical land full of wonder and intrigue that bursts to life with your every action and exploration. LostWinds’s novel, playful controls let you use Enril’s elemental powers to jump and glide Toku through Mistralis’s different regions, buffet and smash enemies and solve puzzles on the journey to a dramatic showdown.

Bursting with new gameplay ideas that embrace the Wii Remote’s unique abilities, LostWinds puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand.

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Is LostWinds the innovative platformer Wii fans were hoping for, or just a lot of hot air?

Let's face it, the Wii has already had its fair share of below-average platformers, so it comes as no surprise that, despite the enormous amount of hype surrounding Frontier Development's LostWinds title, Wii owners have approached the game with a certain...

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Rapadash6

#4

Rapadash6 said:

This game looks great in an old school innovative kind of way... if that makes any sense. ^^'

Boredom_v2_2

#5

Boredom_v2_2 said:

The artwork looks so familiar. One of the screenshots reminds me of a N64 game i once played. I think it's called Tonic Trouble or something like that. Good game to me but it got bad reviews.

Herandar

#6

Herandar said:

The one screen on gonintendo shows two separate contrails. Dual-wielding Wiimotes?? One can only hope.

ATRUEZELDAFAN

#8

ATRUEZELDAFAN said:

This game looks like it's going to be awsome. I am not crazy about the way the main character looks though. oh well thats not important if its a good game. I hope Nintendo fixes the memory problem so i can buy this game when it comes out.

JNoodles

#9

JNoodles said:

This looks reeeeeeaaaaaalllllllllllll nice. I'll make sure to buy it.

Of course, I pick Brawl (2 weeks and 4 days) over it, and probably won't be buying any games for a while, except for, maybe, Mario Kart Wii.

Demonic_St33V

#10

Demonic_St33V said:

Quotes....
A friend of mine from Yorkshire - "Man, I am SO glad I let you talk me in to getting a Wii, best console I've ever owned and I can't wait for Wiiware! Feel kinda bad for my poor XBox though.... All it does is gather dust now" (I suggested he use it for a door-stop)
Me, talking to my wife - "When Wiiware goes live here, you know I'll snag every game that even remotely looks cool until our Wii is out of storage space... Then transfer stuff to an SD card and buy m0r3 stuff!"

Yeah, I'll be getting this game.

Olimar_91

#14

Olimar_91 said:

Three hours to beat it? Thats not very long... Yet I still am definetly planning on a download for this.

Jupiter_Adept

#16

Jupiter_Adept said:

I hope not... Maybe some DLC levels, perhaps? Also, IGN has some LostWinds videos that are probably on youtbe, they should be on this page.

The_shoemaker

#17

The_shoemaker said:

Well if it takes 3 hours to beat, then it's probably a platforming adventure. Something like beat your scores and such. No matter what I'm still getting it though.

Fireballmario

#19

Fireballmario said:

This is a gae that I will definately get, It comes out May 12th, this is gonna be my replacement for Pokemon Ranch because I now dislike Pokemon

pdrydia

#20

pdrydia said:

3 hours sounds perfect to me. I'm inching my way through console games--no matter how good they are, I have a hard time getting comfortable on the couch in a way that also allows me to effectively play the game. I tend toward the DS, because I can take it with me around the house, place it on my stomach when I'm stretched out sideways along the couch, and continue to play even when the cat decides to lay down across my forearm. But as for 3 hours, I could finish a 3 hour game.

I think.

Phantom5800

#21

Phantom5800 said:

only 3 hours? That's disappointing for a 1000 point game imo, but I will still get it, I am craving a decent game that doesn't frustrate me to no end like Mario Kart Wii does right now.

Objection

#22

Objection said:

Hmm...I too hope for a longer game or at least DLC levels. But this is still a day 1 game.

Bass_X0

#23

Bass_X0 said:

why do people still buy cards? my visa electron works just fine on the wii shop.

lavs23

#24

lavs23 said:

I've been playing this for the past hour and I've got to say it's a lot of fun. It feels like I could beat this game in about 3 hours although I've already got half of the treasure thingies. The controls work well and are fairly intuitive.

ouenben

#26

ouenben said:

Not played Final fantasy but I know Lost winds doesn't try to get more money out of you for extra classes etc.
Love it so far, impressions in the Wiiware subforum on VC forums for those interested :)

Drew

#28

Drew said:

Very easy, yet charming game.

The control system is fun, works well, and additional skills you pick up as you go along are easy to use.

The visual and audio style are impeccable.

I love this game.

Objection

#29

Objection said:

Is it worth 1000 pts/230 blocks considering its 3 hrs? Let me know as the result will either make me buy it tomorrow or not.

Phantom5800

#31

Phantom5800 said:

awesome game, too bad I had to delete Super Mario 64 to have enough room for the download shakes fist at Nintendo

Jupiter_Adept

#32

Jupiter_Adept said:

It's really good. But I haven't played enough to say it's mega-awesome, or to know if it was worth 1000p.

TheBaconator

#34

TheBaconator said:

I am not going to get this because I heard it's only 3 hours long and there's nothing to do after you beat it. Also my virtual console games took up so much memory if I bought this I wouldn't have room for Dr.Mario and Toki Tori. :p

Kevin

#35

Kevin said:

@Bass xo I don't have a credit card so that's why I buy the cards. Besides I'm trying to hold off as long as possible on getting one. I'm afraid I might go crazy and buy every game off the shop channel or something like that. Lol, not that I would though.

Waxxy

#36

Waxxy said:

I put some time in playing this last night. I think it's well worth 1000 points, even if it may be a bit short. I've paid $10 for much shorter experiences...

dk_xcalibur

#37

dk_xcalibur said:

Everyone is saying 3 hours so it would take me around 4 hours since I play games slower then most and that comes out to $2.50 per hour. That's not a bad price. I don't know if I'll download it though. I was mad when I loaded up the shop channel only to find that Dr. Mario was not available yet.

Charco

#39

Charco said:

This looks very impressive. 3 to 4 hours is a perfect length if you ask me. I get bogged down in 30 hour games most of the time and crave for games like they used to be , quality and not overly long.

KnucklesSonic8

#40

KnucklesSonic8 said:

I'm hearing amazing things on this but the fact that it'll only last me 3-4 hours turns me off a bit. I'm big on Replay Value and the alleged "shallow" co-op doesn't bother me.

It looks really great... awesome, even. I hope they increase the longevity with the sequel. :)

KnucklesSonic8

#42

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Yeah on the Wii Shop, it indicates that the game is 1-2 Players. Didn't see it?

Anyway, you can have one other person join in and play with you. Basically, think Galaxy "co-op", that's why it's been labelled as "shallow" by IGN but I don't mind. I think it's neat having another person play with you either way.

KnucklesSonic8

#44

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Oh really?! Heh. I thought it was common knowledge. You must've been so excited to get, you must've missed the "1-2 players" descriptor, plus, it showed two cursors at one point in the Trailer which you may have missed also. ;)

Either way, enjoy. People tend to keep a close-mind with anything similar to Galaxy's "co-op" but hopefully, you can enjoy it. Let me know how it is. :)

Objection

#45

Objection said:

One person plays the Kid,and one does the wind spirit, right? Thinking about getting this. Pretty, but short. Decent price but there's some tough competition!

KnucklesSonic8

#46

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Tough competition indeed! And I'm not sure how the Co-op works. I remember spotting two cursors for the Wind in the Trailer so maybe one person controls and does wind and the secondary person uses Wind to help them also.

DJ_Triforce

#47

DJ_Triforce said:

Well, in the game, you can wave the WiiMote around bushes to collect wind spirits(?). I would assume that the second player would have that ability. Co-op, or not, this game is fun. :)

On a second note, I enjoyed the co-op option in Super Mario Galaxy. It made the game much easier, and my girlfriend wouldn't complain about wanting to play. :P Haha.

Clayfrd

#48

Clayfrd said:

@Bass XO- You have to remember that some people don't have credit cards, like children. Wii Points cards also make it easy for someone to give the gift of Wii Points even if they don't have a Wii.

By the way, I may hold off on this one. I'd prefer Dr. Mario for the points.

Laxiom

#50

Laxiom said:

if the 3 hours game length puts you off, let me remind you that most or all metroids can be beaten in 2 hours.

this game is beautifully crafted and worth the 1000 points. it sets the bar high for DL games IMO.

DaVeMaN99

#51

DaVeMaN99 said:

Im not trying to bash the game, but for the metroid games, you have to know where everything is, what to do at every area, and how to beat bosses.
Its not like you can just play any metroid for the first time and beat it in 2 hours.
That been said, i doubt the game is as short as people say, my guess is 4 - 6 hours, and i'l probably play it again.

KnucklesSonic8

#52

KnucklesSonic8 said:

It certainly does set the bar high. Tough competition, indeed. And they'll have a lot to live up to for the sequel but I'm not worried. I'm sure they'll rectify the Replay Value.

Jona

#53

Jona said:

this game is sooo fun i skipped school so i cud get this game. its worth the 1000 points but the thing is that it's very very short and very very easy i hope lostwinds 2 will be longer and harder.

koresh1959

#54

koresh1959 said:

I completed it in 2:20 and am by no means an expert gamer. But I will say it was worth the points, and I'll probably play it again some time. It was a very unique experience and it gets an 8/10 from me—definitely worth a purchase for absolutely anyone who owns a Wii.

Chris_Davis

#55

Chris_Davis said:

I have downloaded LostWinds and it's great. Haven't completed it yet tho but it's been great so far (i'm trying to make it last) can't wait for the second game!

The_shoemaker

#56

The_shoemaker said:

ANEUDY

Yeah it's the same $%^& as VC

Anyways I just got it, so far it's loads of fun. I can tell though it's gonna take me more than 4 hours to beat. mostly just because it's just so fun to just walk around. You can just play with the wind, move around the rocks, see what you can move, and just stare at the beautyful graphics. Seriuosly, I just spent like 30 minutes just moving a rock up a hill, just for fun. Of course as you progress you get the nice little bit of story and new powerups, which are always good. It really like how everything is and feels. The area just kinda feels like a forgotten land, the music adds to it so well. But of course if your a kind of person who just does exactly waht your suposeed to do, your gonna beat this game in 2-3 hours. But lostwinds is really just nice to play around with. It's worth 100 points. Heck I'd pay 1500 for this game.

mummydaddy

#57

mummydaddy said:

hi all, 3 hours or not, Lost winds is a nice change of play. Its like old style platform games with a whole new fresh twist like smb3 is tosmb 1 or 2.
But does anyone have a prob with suddenly not being able to gust tuko (or toku) upwardsj????

Objection

#58

Objection said:

i am 2.5 hrs in and have 3/4 memory chests..and I dont know how to get to the last one (at the top of the Blah Falls)! Help please.
EDIT: 6/9/08 I beat the game. ;)

mr_niceguy

#59

mr_niceguy said:

Do I even have to say anything at this point? It's fun and innovative, sure it's short, but just think of it as episodic. Definately gets a YES from me!

road-rash-4-wii

#60

road-rash-4-wii said:

Well done to Frontier for making such an interesting game mechanic; using your Wiimote to control the wind. But for me the game was a disappointment and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are a big fan of 2d plat formers or have wii points to burn.

I don't wish to offend anyone that likes the game but 1000 wii points for three hours of dubious fun just isn't good enough for me. The story is pretty lame, which is surprising seeing as though it kind of rips off one of the greatest games ever made; Zelda. And the puzzles get pretty boring pretty quickly, even in such a brief adventure.

Overall as a Wiiware customer I felt like I was being used as a guinea pig or a games tester. 'Do you like this prologue to a game?' 'Good. So now we're going to make the real game.' That was never my idea of how a Wiiware game should be and I really hope that this strategy is not setting a trend for forthcoming Wii titles.

BTW while I'm considering this game's value I'm comparing it to other Wiiware title and VC games.

whalleywhat

#63

whalleywhat said:

A nice little experience, but I really hope Frontier does something more interesting/challenging with the sequel.

megatron

#65

megatron said:

disappointingly short. and i really would have liked a map. i spent too much time wandering around looking for where i was supposed to go. it didn't help that none of the locations had any titles that i could find.
otherwise, a game worth downloading for couple-few hours of play time... but i would have been pissed if i hadn't got my wii points for 40% off. i don't think three hours of play should be $10.

jboyNL

#66

jboyNL said:

Hi,
I heard that you can play this game with 2 players or is that just a rumor..? srry for my bad english

Big_Sexy

#67

Big_Sexy said:

@jboyNL:
The game does support two players, but in the way that Super Mario Galaxy does. The second player controls an extra pointer, which can also perform wind moves. (thus making the game even easier) It's designed to help new players into the experience rather than be a co-op game. Gets really boring for the second player.

Twilight_Crow

#70

Twilight_Crow said:

^ True, very satisfying ;).
I love the game too, but my fridge is full, still it's been awhile since I played it, maybe after I finish WoG I'll go through it all over again and try to finish it as fast as I can.

lockelocke

#71

lockelocke said:

If a retail game is $60 and you get 20 hours out of it, then $10 for 3 hours is a near perfect ratio.

ScottishDude

#72

ScottishDude said:

Lockelocke, totally agree! I actually registered all my periphs and got 1500 points, got this as the write ups were great and Mario 3... a must!! Great game, shame it isn't longer. I done it in 3 hours this morning and I am not really a gamer as such. Pitty all went bad with Oddworld as I'd love to see one of Abe's adventures on the Wii!! Would def advise anyone to use their 1000 points on Lostwiinds, it's only £7 in the UK!!

Bland_Boy

#75

Bland_Boy said:

Sure I got it, but it was far too short and was far too easy.
Made me kinda want at least half my money back after beating it.

Bland_Boy

#78

Bland_Boy said:

I'm baffled as to why this game scores 9/10, while obviously having little or no replay value.
and it's short, damned short.
and the puzzles, even near the end of the game are far too simple.

Terra

#82

Terra said:

I finally got around to buying the game, only took me 2 years lol. Loved it :)

SuperLink

#83

SuperLink said:

You want good art style? You got it.
You want puzzles? You got it.
You want creative gameplay? You got it.
You want to be brought back to simpler times of elemental gods through the power of video games? Well, you're in luck, and do you know why? Because Lost Winds is the game with all of this. I love Lost Winds. Yee-haaaa!.........or something like that.

Lobster

#84

Lobster said:

Bought this over a year and a half ago, finally got around to playing it. Initial impressions are that it's beautiful and innovative, fun to play around with, and incredibly atmospheric. It's really more like a $10 work of art, and definitely one of the soundest purchases on WiiWare - and by this time there's some pretty good stuff out there!

oliver12345

#85

oliver12345 said:

Will we ever the update for Wii U...? That's my only game that couldn't be transfered. The message for owners in the Wii Shop Channel is there since months, but nothing happens... Maybe someone from NintendoLife could ask Frontier what's up with that issue?

Kolzig

#86

Kolzig said:

Yes, it would be great if we could get some sort of update on this matter from Frontier. David Braben & co. should fix it since the game is great and it would be awesome for people to be able to move all their games to Wii U from Wii.

It really is weird that this is the ONLY game on Wii that is not possible to move to Wii U.

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