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Strong Bad's Homestar Ruiner Gets Release Date!

Posted by Corbie Dillard

After the debacle of the Virtual Console releases in the US this week, I realize that this news will be taken with a grain of salt, but here goes anyway. Telltale Games have just released a press announcement stating that their upcoming WiiWare title Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People will hit the WiiWare service on August 11, 2008. The first of five episodes entitled "Homestar Ruiner" will be the first to see a release on the service.

Below is the official press release that gives some good details about this upcoming release. As usual, we'll have more information on the game as soon as it's made available.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Launches August 11

Premiere episode, "Homestar Ruiner," will release simultaneously on WiiWare and PC

SAN RAFAEL, CA, August 5, 2008 – Telltale Inc., the leader in interactive episodic entertainment, is announcing that "Homestar Ruiner", the first of five monthly Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People episodes, will premiere Monday, August 11. "Homestar Ruiner" will release on Nintendo's WiiWare™ download service in North and South America and worldwide on PC simultaneously. WiiWare availability for Europe, Australia and New Zealand will follow shortly.

As the star of the popular Homestarrunner.com web cartoons, Strong Bad has been answering emails (in boxing gloves), pranking his friends, pummeling his enemies, and making people with questionable taste snort milk out of their noses for years. Now he's branching out to star in the monthly Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People series developed in partnership with Homestarrunner.com creators Mike and Matt Chapman.

In the season premiere, Strong Bad's plans to beat the snot out of his rival Homestar Runner backfire, and he ends up with an unwanted houseguest cramping his style. Now he needs to get life back to normal, by any means possible. Comical point-and-click gameplay progresses the story, with side quests, mini games, achievements, and an "extended play" sandbox mode that unlocks after the story is completed rounding out the game experience.

"Homestar Ruiner is a great series premiere and kick-off for the season. The next five months will be filled with lots of surprises," says Telltale CEO Dan Connors. "This is how we always envisioned episodic gaming—monthly releases, straight into the living room. We're happy to be working with the Chapmans and Nintendo to make it a reality."

New Strong Bad episodes can be downloaded from the Wii™ Shop Channel each month for 1000 Wii Points™. The series takes advantage of the WiiConnect24™ technology by giving players the ability to send Strong Bad-themed emails to Wii friends directly from the Lappy. Photos taken using the in-game camera feature can be attached to emails, allowing players to show off Easter eggs uncovered or hidden costumes collected during the game.

"We are very excited," said a Videlectrix spokesperson from his pretend high-rise office, "Our last game topped out at 8 bits. We've heard this one might reach 9 or 10!"

Downloadable versions of each Strong Bad episode will also be available for the PC exclusively from Telltale's website, with preorders starting today at www.telltalegames.com/strongbad. Episodes can be purchased individually for $8.95 or as part of a five-episode subscription for $34.95. As with Telltale's popular Sam & Max series, customers who purchase the full series from Telltale will later be eligible to get a disc version for the cost of shipping and handling.

After the "Homestar Ruiner" premiere on August 11, storylines in the monthly episodes will run the gamut from political struggles to rock'n roll to the world of videogames (of course), building to the exciting season finale in December. Many fan favorite characters from Free Country USA will appear in each episode, along with special new super 8-bit style mini-games from Videlectrix. Additional details about the series can be found at www.telltalegames.com/strongbad.

About Homestarrunner.com
Homestar Runner was conceived in 1996 by Mike Chapman and friend Craig Zobel as an idea for a weird kids' book they would only make a few photocopies of for friends. In 2000, Mike and brother Matt dusted off the idea and launched Homestarrunner.com, featuring the Flash-animated exploits of the characters. Since 2002, they have updated with new cartoons almost every week including the popular feature 'Strong Bad Email' in which fans get their emails answered by the cartoon's charming antagonist, Strong Bad. Mike and Matt write and animate the cartoons with Matt and Missy Palmer providing voices for the characters. The site has been featured and mentioned in the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and, most importantly, two songs from the site were featured in the Guitar Hero series.

About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is pioneering new forms of interactive entertainment, building upon strong foundations in both traditional and new media. Founded in 2004 by industry veterans with decades of experience, the company has quickly become the leading online episodic gaming publisher and developer, delivering award-winning interactive experiences that emphasize engaging stories, strong characters, and rich worlds. Telltale is establishing a regular, ongoing schedule of online episodic series, across all major gaming and entertainment platforms and channels.

Telltale's games include the award-winning Sam & Max episodic series; Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, the first episodic series for WiiWare based on the Homestarrunner.com Flash cartoons; and a new Wallace & Gromit game series coming soon. Telltale has also created games based on television's popular CSI program, in partnership with Ubisoft, and on Jeff Smith's epic Bone graphic novels. Telltale has built a robust digital distribution channel at www.telltalegames.com, and also publishes its games with select partners.

About Videlectrix
Since the beginning of organized time, or shortly thereafter, the 'Trix, as they are sometimes known, has been at all four fronts of the electronic video gaming industry, providing lo-res entertainment to parents and children alike. In the early years, The Big V, as they are othertimes known, got their start by typing numbers into calculators and then turning the calculators upside down to form words. In 2003, they partnered with Homestarrunner.com and released the arcade peasant-masher Trogdor! They've since followed up with hit after hit, including next-gen text adventure Peasant's Quest, side scrolling platformer Stinkoman 20X6, and the unforgettable Color Television Calibration Cartridge.

We know that a lot of readers are extremely excited about this title so this should prove to be good news if this release date actually holds up. Hopefully it will since Telltale Games playfully listed the release date on their official web site as "COMING AUGUST 11 - FOR REAL!" :)

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Phantom5800

#4

Phantom5800 said:

Telltale has made sure to not say any kind of specific release date for this game so far. And since it was slated for July I can believe this ... happily.

... but sadly I probably still won't be playing it for a while since my next two weeks are busy as hell :(

Peznaze

#6

Peznaze said:

The fools! Don't they realize they just ensured that the game can't possibly come on the 11th now? Nintendo shall smite them, burninate them, even!

andy836

#8

andy836 said:

1000 for each episode no thks i'm not interested anymore.
I'll get it if it's 9 or 10, other then that i wont

Raptor78

#9

Raptor78 said:

the question for me is whether I would prefer it on the PC (to go along side my Sam n Max episodes) or if I want it for the wii.
The wiiconnect24 sounds good to me and im interested in the sandbox games as well because I expect them to make good use of the remote, but im worried that im going to have to delete episodes to make room for other episodes which I wouldnt have to do with my PC.
Either way I think I will download the demo from telltale games as soon as it becomes available to put me on till I buy a couple more point cards.

Raptor78

#10

Raptor78 said:

@andy836
1000 points cost what $10, Sam n' Max episodes are $9 so it isn't like there is a massive price difference. True I was hoping for 900 points, but what would I do with the extra 100 anyway. I would probably just waste it on a new dress for the adviser chick on Crystal Chronicles.

andy836

#11

andy836 said:

@Raptor78
yeah but its 1000 for each episode which is $50 dollars all together thats the most expensive wiiware game yet.

PoisonRamune

#12

PoisonRamune said:

What a frickin' joke... I'll believe this when I see it.
As much as I love Homestar and trust the Brothers Chaps; Nintendo has nearly no credibility in my eyes when it comes to release dates.

Raptor78

#13

Raptor78 said:

@andy836
If the episodes are as good as the Sam n Max games then im sure each episode will feel like a complete game So I wouldnt think its fair to compare all 5 episodes as one game. Hey you never know the may release a retail version with all the episodes much like they are with S&M series 1.

andy836

#14

andy836 said:

@Raptor
i guess i'll just wait for the review. I would get the retail version but I'm still unsure on this. i might try out the first episode.

Raptor78

#15

Raptor78 said:

@ You could always do what im going to do and play the PC Demo first. You see if I dont want it for the wii I could always buy the episodes in bulk for the PC because you always save about $10 doing that way anyway.
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If any of you cant wait until Monday to get you Stongbad kicks why not have a go at some cheesy Videlectrix games for the wii (requires the wii internet browser)

http://www.videlectrix.com/vii/

or if you want to play some of their other games on the PC, try some of their other Demos

http://www.videlectrix.com/videlectrix_demos.html

Bahamut_ZERO

#17

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Well, we all know what happens to publishers that say when there games are coming out
looks at VC-Reviews site

And man is this expensive. Even if it's a 10 I won't get this (it'll be too much blocks anyway)

Raptor78

#18

Raptor78 said:

@I havnt get my wii on at the moment but I only have achievements for about half of them but I also noticed that your achievments in particular areas can change if you get a better score for instance you get a certain achievement when you get ten hits in a row and then that get replaced with a better one when you get fifty hits in a row and such like. :)
I will post the ones I have on the WWG post after i have been on it later. i know that im definately trying to get the achievment for destruction and the wildlife one I havnt any in either of those.

konkerdoodle

#20

konkerdoodle said:

Finally! I can't wait to get this one. I can pretty much guarantee it's gonna be hilarious. But I suppose I'm not the one doing the reviewing here...:)

ChocoDK

#21

ChocoDK said:

Well after what happened with the U.S. VC releases this past Monday I won't believe it until I see it.

PoisonRamune

#22

PoisonRamune said:

The way I see it, $50 is a small price to pay back the Bros. Chaps for the hilarious cartoons they've provided on Homestarrunner.com... In the words of Bart Simpson "If anything YOU owe THEM."

Mazero

#23

Mazero said:

For the people who are doubting the game will be released monday, they've just added a page for the game yesterday.on the Nintendo Channel. Not only that, but PR for Wiiware titles containing release dates have been right so far (By the way, I'm talking post wiiware launch)

Bahamut_ZERO

#24

Bahamut_ZERO said:

@PoisonRamune
Then they should just sell it retail though, it would sell for the same price and more importaintly it would take up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy less blocks.

PoisonRamune

#25

PoisonRamune said:

I only anticipate having one episode on the Wii channels at a time.
They seem like those Lucas Arts SCUMM based games (I know they're not made in the same engine), so I doubt the replay is going to be stellar.

Still you have a point... But I think Homestar Runner stuff should be sold online as it has a net cult following. I mean I couldn't see someone seeing this game's box at the Best Buy and being remotely interested in it on the off chance, had they never heard of Homestar.

CanisWolfred

#26

CanisWolfred said:

I never heard of Homestar Runner until I saw game, and with a name like that, it's bound to piqued my curiosity.

In any case, it's a good thing I kept my card. If it is actually there, I'll make sure to download it.

vherub

#27

vherub said:

hmmm, this was gonna be an instabuy, but at $50 and more expensive than the pc is a deterrent

Ricardo91

#28

Ricardo91 said:

A few of my friends have shown me this site over the years, and I think it's hilarious, so I'll definitely put some money down on this. But I highly doubt that we'll actually get this next week, if this week and the /supposed/ Star Parodier week on VC are any indication. We'll probably get some hunk of shovelware instead like we've been getting. I'll believe it when I see it.

Actually, I'd probably wait a while, as I'd have to move, like, 5 games to an SD card to make room for it.

THATG0MEZ

#29

THATG0MEZ said:

I dunno why, but I found Telltale calling themselves "the leader in interactive episodic entertainment" kinda funny.

Anyway, I'll believe it when I actually see this game on Shop Channel. I'm not gonna get myself excited just yet.

PoisonRamune

#30

PoisonRamune said:

@ Mickeymac
The term is "piqued your curiosity..."
Sorry, but my english major friends and gradeschool teacher girlfriend made me do it (in spirit).

CanisWolfred

#31

CanisWolfred said:

@PoisonRamune

Thanks, I knew it wasn't right, but I couldn't figure it out. Personally I obsess over that stuff, so I'm glad you corrected me. I used that phrase at other places too, so I'll makes sure to correct it there as well.

@vherub

Yeah, you're right, it's 10 bucks cheaper. I'll have to check again, but I think you have to get all of the episodes if you go with PC version( or at least the lower price). If I'm wrong though, I'll go with the PC version, so it won't take up more space.

dark_moogle

#34

dark_moogle said:

I expected 1000 a game, and in total that means I am paying $75AUS for the entire series. You can tell I'll be smiling through my teeth when I'm buying these games on my Wii. If only prices were adjusted for how much we pay for our Wii Points (maybe rrp each game at 800 for PAL territories)

Atlantis1982

#35

Atlantis1982 said:

I can forsee the PC version going to get most of the shares in profit, and it's not because of the cheap price. If Nintendo would do the same stunt like they did on Monday, ala release Platchan instead of Strongbad then everyone would just get it on the PC anyway and to hell with the WiiWare version. Then when Nintendo decides to release the first episode and see they aren't getting any sales from it; they'll just put the other 4 (when they get submitted) in the back burner.

Virus

#36

Virus said:

Well, just in case, I called Nintendo's customer service to see if this article is true. It was kinda weird...I heard some muffled cuss words and a whip crack a few times, but then they just said:

A number of variables can affect a game’s release date. Therefore, the Wii-kly Update is the only authority for confirmed release dates of WiiWare games.

All stupidity aside, I really hope this article is true as well as this next Monday's "scheduled" releases. I've been looking forward to this game and Star Parodier for awhile now.

Ginta

#38

Ginta said:

I feel sorry for good old Telltale and all the people at their forums and such.

CyclopsScott

#40

CyclopsScott said:

I'm excited, but I'm eager to see what the compilation ends up as. Considering Sam & Max is 8.95 an episode and then all 6 releases on disc in the $30 price range, its kinda painful to think of the total of the installment vs the complete package. Still though, the Sam & Max games ARE fairly long per installment, so all the complaints over 1000 Wii Points, really there's nothing to worry about here, this will surely have quality and quantity both in spades.

I really hope the "buy them all, get it on disc later" offer applies to the Wii version too. Anyone got any info on that part?

Saisinkolimonadin

#41

Saisinkolimonadin said:

US-residents get this for 1000 Wii Points = $10? And we Europeans get this for 1000 Wii Points = 10€ = $15?

So, we have to pay something like 50% extra? That's great, Telltale, great, thank you.

Ian_Daemon

#42

Ian_Daemon said:

Eh, the pricing is a bit high considering I'll be buying every episode, but I'm glad I'll finally be getting the game(s). Hopefully NoA doesn't mess with TTG and hold their game for even longer... (NoA has already delayed it twice.)

Makrul

#44

Makrul said:

Why is everybody complaining about the price? Lostwinds is 1000 points and lasts for 2 hours while Strong Bad costs the same but lasts for 3-4 hours (suggested by previews and people who have played the final version, such as ONM).

Wiiloveit

#45

Wiiloveit said:

StrongBad looks ace, and why bother moaning about it being 1000 points an episode anyway? Buying all 5 episodes (£35/$50) will be a similar price to a standard Wii disc game, which is fine when you consider that one of those may only last a few hours for the full thing (Excite Truck, NiGHTS, WarioWare)!
Personally, I can't be more excited. Plus, the monthly installments idea will keep me excited for each episode - and I wont have to buy it all at once!
Oh, and if it really is out Monday in the US, hopefully we'll get it next week too (cos if it's out two weeks later, it'll clash with the Sam & Max Wii release).

vherub

#46

vherub said:

If it's great game, $10 is a fair price, whether more content comes down the pipe or ntot.
But it seems that with the pc version being cheaper per ep and as a collection- and with the worry that the future wiiware eps will have murky release dates (compared to pc release dates that usually aren't secrets), I don't know anymore which platform I will get it on.

Satans_Therapist

#48

Satans_Therapist said:

You can wait for retail games to come down in price and sell them on. 1000 points costs me £7 directly from the wii shop. Thats £35 for all the episodes with no chance for it to come down in price and not being able to sell it ever. At this price im out.

Objection

#50

Objection said:

Well the reason I'm mum all of a sudden about the wiiware version is--
A- i got a new computer
B- Its cheaper and faster to download on computer
C- Its slow as hell and big download on Wii (I have a SD, but still, big file)
D- Computer will save me $5-15. Thats enough there.

Raptor78

#51

Raptor78 said:

@Objection Blaster
I have to agree with how much better the PC version sounds in regards o cost and storage which may be the reason why I will end up buying the PC version. However I really hope that they have included extra in the wii version to make up the the extra costs etc...
If it turns out that it is a better gaming experience on the wii then despite it being slightly more expensive then I think I will support the wiiware version. If on the other hand they are more or less the same then I will have to think with my wallet and go for the PC version.

Objection

#52

Objection said:

@RAptor
The only extra added on the Wiiware version is that you can take snapshots and send 'em to friends via wiiconnect24. Is that worth the difference? I hope they DO release it retail on wii though. I still prefer the wiimote to mouse... ;(

Draygone

#53

Draygone said:

I'm not too worried about price. It did stun me a bit, but it could've been worse. And I'm sure that, somewhere down the line, all episodes will be released on Wii disk. After all, aren't they about to do the same with Sam and Max for Wii (not WiiWare, but a whole season on disk)?

However, I am a bit skeptical about the release date. True, date announcements have been true for WiiWare, but after the fiasco with VC this week, I'm not as likely to believe it.

Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it Telltale themselves that delayed this game? I'm pretty sure the failed June and July releases they explained as they needed a bit more time to tweak things. And their announcement that they sent the game to Nintendo for evaluation came after the delays.

Terra

#54

Terra said:

1000 Points may be a little tough to swallow for an Episodic game. Altogether, that would make 5000 Points, £37.50. If it's good, then i'm willing to pay. Can't be worse than the £37.50 i spent on Pokemon Battle Revolution. At least i traded it with a 3rd party gun accessory for Battalion Wars and Battalion Wars 2.

Ian_Daemon

#55

Ian_Daemon said:

Well, at the end of the day I'll still be getting it so I'm just hoping for a quality release!

Vortex99

#56

Vortex99 said:

@ Terranigama

Correction: It would cost £35. 1000 Wii Points costs £7, so £7 x 5 = £35!

Tabbyluigi

#57

Tabbyluigi said:

Let us prey that this is the final release date. If it is true everyone will be a little bit happier, if not a BIG storm is coming....

Adam

#58

Adam said:

Haven't other WiiWare games been announced in advance with no controversy? I get the impression NoA's stance against release dates is more about VC than WiiWare.

...though I'd be quite fine if they did release something else instead of this, but that's just me.

theberrage

#59

theberrage said:

It's been confirmed! We're getting "Family Fun Sandwich Making" tomorrow! Everybody get ready to waggle!

Mazero

#61

Mazero said:

For anyone who is doubtful, Nintendo has confirmed on both thier website and the Nintendo Channel that Strong Bad will be out tomorrow.

@Adam
You're correct. The only time I can tell where the release dates were wrong are the Wiiware launch titles, the news article on Beer Pong, and any company confirming their date to somewhere in a month.

LAA

#62

LAA said:

I cant wait unti this is released!
I'm looking forward to the review and more gamplay videos of this!
I hope it gets released in the U.K on friday!

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